IPL 2021: List of players who opt out of IPL 14 – Indian Premier League’s 2021 edition has come under scrutiny as players are opting out of the league amid rising COVID-19 cases in India. Many star players like R Ashwin, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa pulled out of the league due to the COVID-19 surge. However, COVID-19 is not the only reason cricketers are deciding not to play in the cash-rich league. Players like Shreyas Iyer and Ben Stokes pulled out due to injury while Josh Hazlewood and Mark wood opted out as they were just not ready to live in another bio bubble.
In this article, we will take you through all the players who opted out of IPL 2021
IPL 2021: Shreyas Iyer
Delhi Capital’s captain Shreyas Iyer is enjoying the 2021 IPL sitting at home in front of the TV. The talismanic batsman dislocated his shoulder during the ODI series against England. Iyer will be out for at least the next five months. However, Delhi is not missing Iyer the batsman as almost all the batsman in playing XI are in form.
IPL 2021: Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer is the biggest name in the list, RR’s premier bowler and last year’s most valuable player in IPL Jofra Archer had to leave IPL because of multiple injuries on his right hand. Archer has been suffering from pain in his right elbow for quite some time now.
IPL 2021: Dale Steyn
Before the start of the season RCB’s fast bowler, Dale Steyn announced that he will not be playing this year’s IPL. However, looking at RCB’s current bowling form it is most likely that they will not be missing him in the line-up.
IPL 2021: Ben Stokes
Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes was ruled out of the IPL 2021 with a broken finger. The England cricketer sustained the injury during the Royals’ opening match against Punjab Kings on Monday when taking a catch to dismiss Chris Gayle. The franchise confirmed Stokes’ injury through a statement. RR is yet to announce a replacement for Ben Stokes.
IPL 2021: R Ashwin
Delhi Capitals all-rounder, ace spinner R Ashwin pulled out of IPL 2021 amid deteriorating conditions in India amid rising cases of COVID-19. Taking to Twitter, Ashwin said, “I would be taking a break from this years IPL from tomorrow. My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times. I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction. Thank you
IPL 2021: Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) announced that their two Australian players Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson will be leaving the bio-bubble to return home due to the Covid-19 surge in India. “Adam Zampa & Kane Richardson are returning to Australia for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of #IPL2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore management respects their decision and offers them complete support,” RCB tweeted.
IPL 2021: Josh Hazlewood
Chennai Super Kings’ speedster Josh Hazlewood pulled out of the IPL 2021 before the start of the season and the reason behind it was the bio bubble fatigue. CSK named Jason Beherendoff as his replacement.
IPL 2021: Mitchell Marsh
Another Australia who opted out of IPL 2021, was Mitchell Marsh, considering the amount of fatigue in the bio bubble. Jason Roy has been named as his replacement by the Sunrisers.
IPL 2021: Josh Phillipe
The Big Bash League’s player of the season Josh Phillipe pulled out of IPL 2021. He was expected to play a crucial role in RCB’s batting line-up. He was replaced by New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Finn Allen.
IPL 2021: Mark Wood
England all-rounder Mark Wood also pulled out of the IPL before the start of the season. He mentioned that he will have to spend some time with his family to get his international form going on. Wood was expected to play a big role for CSK in this season.
IPL 2021: Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone also dropped the IPL 2021 because of the bio bubble fatigue. Liam warmed the bench for the first three matches and then decided to take off. As Ben Stokes got injured Liam was expected to be part of Rajasthan Royals’ playing XI. Right now Rajasthan does not have a single foreign all-rounder.