India’s spin linchpin, Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday became the latest high-profile cricketer to be ruled out of the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to injury.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Ashwin is set to miss the tournament due to a sports hernia. The Chennai offie will soon begin habilitation. Ashwin was to turn out for the Rising Pune Supergiant in this year’s edition under Aussie Steve Smith.
India’s star offie, who played a crucial role in India’s sensational home run, was one of India’s biggest heroes against all opponents in the 13 matches Virat Kohli’s men played at home. Ashwin picked 82 wickets from those matches against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.
Earlier, Lokesh Rahul, who represents Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the tournament, was ruled out of the cash-rich tournament due to a shoulder injury.
The long home season seems to have taken its toll on Indian cricketers and with ICC Champions Trophy set to kick off from June 1, the Indian think tank would want most of its senior players to get ample rest before the prestigious tournament.