INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE, 2017
R Ashwin set to miss IPL 2017
Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Fri, 31 Mar, 2017, 07:03 PM
R Ashwin is expected to be fit for the Champions Trophy in June © BCCI
Ravichandran Ashwin, the Rising Pune Supergiant offspinner, is set to miss the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League after being ruled out for six to eight weeks with a sports hernia injury, it was reported on Friday(March 31).
Ashwin, who had the most number of overs in a Test season, having had played non-stop cricket since July, is set to start with rehabilitation soon and regain full fitness in time for India’s title defence at the Champions Trophy in June.
Ashwin’s exclusion doesn’t come as a complete surprise, given that he had first picked up the injury right after the England Tests in December. As a result, he also withdrew from the Tamil Nadu squad for the Ranji Trophy semifinal against Karnataka.
Across Test series’ against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia at home, the offspinner bowled 738.2 overs in 13 Tests and returned a record 82 wickets. Bowling in tandem with Ravindra Jadeja, they finished as the most successful bowling pair in a season with 153 scalps, averaging 24.14.
Ashwin’s absence will come as a mighty blow for RPS, whose tryst with injuries continue, having already lost Mitchell Marsh due to a shoulder injury. In the 2016 season, the offspinner picked up 10 wickets in 14 games for the Pune-based franchise.
Meanwhile, Murali Vijay is likely to join his Tamil Nadu and India teammate on the sidelines with shoulder and wrist concerns.
India physio Patrick Farhaart is expected to send across a report to the concerned franchises.