Umesh, Jadeja to skip first two weeks of IPL

Fellow opener Murali Vijay (Kings XI Punjab) will also go under the knife, for an injury to his right wrist, while Ashwin - who plays under Australia skipper Steve Smith at Rising Pune Supergiants - will miss the entire tournament due to a groin injury that is set to keep the spinner out for six to eight weeks.

In a statement released on Saturday, the cricketing body's medical staff commented on the injuries sustained by the key players.

The BCCI released a fitness update on eight of their players on Saturday, revealing Kohli - who is now undergoing rehabilitation for the shoulder injury he sustained in the third Test against Australia in Ranchi - will miss at least Royal Challengers Bangalore's opening IPL game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 5. The injury layoff will break the streak for Kohli who has missed only one Indian Premier League game - in the inaugural season in 2008.

A report in Sportskeeda stated that Pune skipper Smith is pushing the franchise owners to replace the Ashwin with Lyon.

As far as Rahul is concerned, he injured his shoulder during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and is soon to undergo a surgery.

The 30-year-old all-rounder has featured in all the 13 home Test matches this season. Yadav played right through India's home season and needed some resting to rejuvenate himself. Yadav, who spearheads two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders' bowling, bowled a record number of overs for India across 12 Tests this season.

Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja have been advised to skip the first two weeks of the Indian Premier League's (IPL) tenth edition.

There is positive news for Mumbai Indians, with batsman Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya declared fit for the start of a tournament, which gets under way Wednesday. "R Jadeja has issues with the spinning finger & Umesh Yadav has right hip and lower back soreness and they will recover during the initial phase when their respective teams will play their first and second match of IPL 2017", the BCCI said.

Regarding Rahul and Vijay, the BCCI said, "Mr. K Lokesh Rahul - the opening batsman is likely to undergo surgery of his left shoulder and may not be available for IPL 2017 season during which he will have to complete his rehabilitation".

  • Julie Sanders