IPL 2017: Virat Kohli to miss early weeks of season 10

Sachin Tendulkar called Cheteshwar Pujara the silent warrior and praised Umesh Yadav as well

The Indian Premier League was on Friday robbed of some sheen after premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and a host of top Indian players pulled out of the event's 10th edition beginning on April 5, owing to a gruelling global season.

Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, who is nursing a right shoulder injury which he sustained while putting in a dive on the first day of the drawn third Test in Ranchi, will miss the initial phase of the tournament.

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

"R Jadeja & Umesh Yadav - have been advised rest for 2 weeks to recuperate".

Vijay will join his India teammates KL Rahul and Ravichandran Ashwin, both of whom have been reported to likely miss the upcoming IPL season, on the sidelines.

Jadeja, last week named player of the Border-Gavaskar series after taking 25wickets against Australia, has been advised to rest for two weeks due to an issue with his spinning finger and will miss the first two games of Gujarat Lions' season, while Kolkata Knight Riders will be without Umesh Yadav for their opening two matches due to right hip and lower back soreness. "His recovery will be assessed in the second week of April to determine an exact return to play date for IPL 2017", the release read. "In India's home season, spinners played the main role but the supporting role of fast bowlers was tremendous". Bowling in tandem with Ravindra Jadeja, they finished as the most successful bowling pair in a season with 153 scalps, averaging 24.14.

"Mr. M Vijay - the Indian opener will require surgery to his right wrist and also undergo rehabilitation for his left shoulder and hence may not be able to participate in IPL 2017".

Fellow-opener Rahul is to undergo surgery on his left shoulder and will play no part for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Fast bowler Umesh has bowled 355.5 overs in 12 games with 30 wickets to his name.

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. "They will be available for IPL 2017".

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