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Ashwin to skip IPL, Vijay doubtful

Ashwin to skip IPL, Vijay doubtful

Ashwin is expected to be fit by the time ICC Champions Trophy starts in June.

Indian off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin is set to miss the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) for Rising Pune Supergiant due to a sports hernia. Ashwin is likely to be out of action for six to eight weeks, but is expected to regain full fitness ahead of India's title defence at the Champions Trophy in June. He is scheduled to begin his rehabilitation soon.

M Vijay too is in danger of missing the tournament for Kings XI Punjab because of a wrist and shoulder injury that he has played with for a better part of India's home season. It is likely that Vijay may have to undergo a shoulder surgery. The franchise is awaiting a report from India phsyio Patrick Farhart before taking another step in the matter.

Ashwin, 30, has had an unprecedented workload during India's marathon home season that featured 13 Test matches against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. During the period, Ashwin bowled 738.2 overs - the most ever by a bowler in a Test season - and picked up a record 82 wickets. Along with Ravindra Jadeja, Ashwin claimed 153 wickets at an average of 24.14 to become the most successful bowling pair in a season.

Ashwin first picked up the injury immediately after the Test series against England in December. In the aftermath, he withdrew from Tamil Nadu's Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Karnataka.

Other notable local absentee will be KL Rahul who is nursing a shoulder injury. Along with these local notable absentees, international stars including Kevin Pietersen, JP Duminy and Mitchel Starc had earlier withdrawn from the year’s edition citing different reasons.

IPL10 begins on April 5.