India’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has become the latest entrant to the list of injured players who have been ruled out of the 10th season of cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).
According to ESPNcricinfo, Ashwin, who plays for Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL, will miss the tournament due to a sports hernia. He is the second player from the squad to withdraw his name.
Ashwin is a key member of the Indian team across all formats. He needs to be 100 per cent fit for the upcoming Champions Trophy starting June 1.
The 30-year-old all-rounder has featured in all the 13 home Test matches this season, handling unbelievable workload of bowling close to 750 overs.
He has taken an astounding 81 wickets this season, highest by any Indian bowler, and also contributed handsomely in bulk of India’s 10 Test victories.
A host of Indian players would either miss or be rested from a few games after a gruelling international season.
Meanwhile, Test openers KL Rahul (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Murali Vijay (Kings XI Punjab), both suffering from dodgy shoulders, will miss the entire tournament while skipper Virat Kohli and speedster Umesh Yadav are set to skip a few matches for their respective franchises RCB and Kolkata Knight Riders.