4 Star players to Miss IPL:
The 14th edition of the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL) is starting in India on April 9. Last season’s IPL was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the coronavirus epidemic. However, this season’s IPL league stage games will be played in six cities in India, including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. As always, this season will be an interesting competition between 8 teams for the IPL title. Currently, all the teams are busy in the final practice.
Earlier, the teams had prepared the team by recruiting suitable players from the mini-auction held on February 18 after retaining and releasing the players.
However, some of the players sold from releases and mini-action have been ruled out of the IPL for the entire season due to personal and injury reasons. In their place, franchise teams will be able to add other alternate players. Here are the 4-star players who have been dropped from the IPL this season:
1. Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Capitals)
Shreyas Iyer, the captain who helped Delhi reach the IPL final for the first time in history last season, will miss this season’s IPL due to injury. Delhi captain and leading batsman Iyer suffered a shoulder injury in the first match of the three-match ODI series against England.
In the eighth over of England’s innings, Johnny Bairstow was injured when Iyer tried to block the ball by diving into the cover area. He was immediately taken for a scan. According to reports, 26-year-old Iyer has suffered a shoulder subluxation and will undergo major surgery. It is understood that it will take about 5 months for his injury to heal.
Iyer, who captained Delhi from the middle of the 2018 season, had scored 519 runs in 17 games last season at an average of 34.60 and a strike rate of 123.27.
Right-handed batsman Iyer has so far scored 2200 runs in 79 games at an average of 31.42 and an average strike rate of 126.07 in the IPL. He has been ruled out of the IPL and a black cloud has fallen over the Delhi team. Iyer has been replaced by young left-arm batsman Rishabh Pant as captain.
With no experience of captaining Pant, Delhi will miss Iyer.
2. Josh Philippe (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Josh Philippe, who batted brilliantly in Australia’s Big Bash League last season, was the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament. Philippe, 23, has withdrawn from the IPL citing personal reasons. Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Philippe made his IPL debut from Bangalore last season. He has scored 78 runs in 5 games in IPL.
Bangalore will definitely miss the impressive youngster Philippe, known for his aggressive batting style.
Bangalore, who have yet to win an IPL title, has been replaced by New Zealand batsman Finn Allen. Allen, 21, has scored 537 runs in 13 T20 games at an average of 48.8 and an explosive strike rate of 183.3.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Ellen So, who has scored 512 runs in 11 games this season in New Zealand’s domestic Super Slam tournament, was the tournament’s top run-scorer. Ellen Arnold had a base price of at least Rs 2 million in the auction.
3. Mitchell Marsh (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has withdrawn from the 14th edition of the IPL citing personal reasons. A few days ago, Marsh informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and his team Sunrisers Hyderabad about his inability to stay within the bio-safe fence for a long time. Marsh was also ruled out of the tournament last season due to injury. He lost the IPL in the first match of the tournament when his leg was twisted against Bangalore.
Hyderabad has replaced him with England’s opening batsman Jashan Roy. Roy, who had a base price of at least Rs 20 million, was unsold. Roy made his IPL debut in the 2017 season representing the Gujarat Lions. Roy, 30, who joined Delhi Capitals in 2018, withdrew from the IPL last season citing personal reasons.
4. Josh Hazlewood (Chennai Super Kings)
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood is set to miss the IPL this season The 30-year-old was under bio-protection from August 2020 to January this year.
Given Australia’s busy international schedule, the experienced players have decided not to play in the IPL to prepare themselves mentally and physically for it.
Hazelwood, who made his IPL debut from Chennai last season, took one wicket in three games at an economy rate of 6.40. Chennai will feel his absence as most of Chennai’s games this season have been at Mumbai’s Wankhade Stadium to help the fast bowler.
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