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Will there be any more addition to this list before the tournament actually starts?

As the days pass by, the hullaballoo of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 has started shooting up. It’s less than a week away and all the 8 franchises are gearing up to showcase the long list of impressive players they boast of in their squad. The excitement started all the way back in February in Bangalore where the auctions for this season happened. The month and a half-long tournament grind players hard and also with the ICC champions Trophy 2017 approaching, many foreign players have opted to sideline themselves. And more so, many other top players have been marred by injuries. There are certain players, who have been ruled out for the entire season like KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy and then there is Indian captain and star player Virat Kohli, who will be missing out on the initial stages of the tournament.

So let’s see the players who have been sidelined for the 10th season including the reasons, starting with Indian players:

Virat Kohli: Contemporary cricket in India is incomplete without Virat Kohli, but Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be missing out on the services of their skipper for the first few games of IPL 2017. Kohli suffered a shoulder injury during the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 at Bengaluru, which kept him out of the final Test of the series at Dharamsala. He has stated that he will be fully fit in few more weeks.

In Kohli’s absence, AB de Villiers will be leading the Bangalore-based franchise.

KL Rahul: Another major blow to the RCB came when opening batsman KL Rahul was ruled out of the entire season due to a shoulder injury. He is expected to fly out to London for a surgery. Rahul was in prolific form in the recently concluded Test series against Australia but gave away hints of the shoulder problem in the first Test at Pune. Rahul was purchased by RCB in 2013 only to be dropped the next year going for INR 1 Crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He eventually made his return to RCB in 2016, and since then has been a crucial component of the RCB side.

Replacement: Yet to be named

Ravichandran Ashwin: Having been an important part of India’s successful home season, India’s ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been ruled out of the entire IPL 2017 for Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). Ashwin is suffering from sports-hernia and had undergone scans in Mumbai after the final Test of the India-Australia series in Dharamsala. Ashwin has been one of the most successful bowlers in the IPL; one of only seven players to have picked up more than 100 wickets across all seasons. He had a not so impressive IPL with the Pune franchise last year, managing to pick 10 wickets from 14 games. But he had a stellar season in Whites for India getting 82 wickets and bowling more than 4000 deliveries across all Tests.

Murali Vijay: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are set to miss out on the services of their former skipper Murali Vijay as the opener is nursing his injured shoulder. This shoulder injury had forced him to sit out of the Bangalore Test against Australia too. Vijay, who took over the captaincy from David Miller for the Kings in last year’s IPL, was removed as captain before the start of IPL 2017. He was replaced by Glenn Maxwell for this edition.

Prior to this, Vijay was a vital element of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) till 2013 shifting to Delhi Daredevils (DD) and now finally with KXIP.

Replacement: Not named yet

Ravindra Jadeja: The No. 1 ICC Test bowler Ravindra Jadeja is most probably set to miss out playing for Gujarat Lions (GL) for the first three weeks of the IPL 2017. Jadeja was in his prime form with both bat and ball in the recently concluded Test series against Australia, emerging as top wicket-taker. Having toiled hard in the tough and busy home season, it is understood that Jadeja will be taking much-needed rest before participating in the tournament.

Replacement: Not named yet

Umesh Yadav: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are most likely to miss out on the services of Umesh Yadav for the first three weeks of IPL 2017. Umesh who was Indian bowling’s spearhead in 12 out of the 13 Tests India played, toiled extremely hard in some tough-fought games on Indian soil. He picked up 17 wickets in 8 innings against the Australian side at an average of 23.41. Having consistently been marred by injuries in the initial stage of his career, Umesh has become one of the most effective pacers in the side.

Replacement: Not named yet

***Foreign Players***

Kevin Pietersen: Kevin Pietersen was the first to skip IPL 10. The month of February began with Pietersen’s surprising announcement of not taking part in the IPL 2017 as a player for Rising RPS. Pietersen had played domestic 20-over leagues across the globe, including Big Bash League (BBL), Ram Slam and the latest being the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017. He indicated travelling as the main reason for not featuring in the upcoming IPL season and also the fact that he had already spent his winter away from home, he did not want to miss out on family time in March and April. But he recently announced that he will take part in the tournament as a commentator.

Mitchell Starc: Mitchell Starc broke the news of not playing IPL 2017 a day before the 2017 player auction. Even before he injured himself in the second Test during the India-Australia Test series, Starc announced that he won’t be taking part in IPL 2017 as he ended his association with RCB in a bid to get back to full fitness ahead of the Champions Trophy in June.

He had already missed out on the IPL 2016 due to fitness issues, so it wasn’t particularly surprising to see him choose to play in the Champions Trophy for Australia in peak fitness over the IPL.

But this decision of Starc turned in favour of RCB as he announced it before the auctions. The franchise got English pacer Tymal Mills as his replacement and given the success Mills has enjoyed in recent times, he seems to be a perfect replacement

Replacement: RCB bought Mills at the auction in a like-for-like replacement.

JP Duminy: JP Duminy pulled out of IPL 2017 in mid-March citing personal reasons. Speaking about his decision, the South African all-rounder said: “It has been a very difficult decision for me to make, but it was for purely personal reasons. I am grateful for the support and understanding from the franchise. It has been an absolute privilege to have played for and led a talented mix of players. I certainly hope to play a part for the franchise in the near future.”

Daredevils’ Chief Executive Hemant Dua confirmed that the South African star will be unavailable for the tournament owing to personal reasons. “We respect JP’s decision. We are naturally very disappointed to not have JP in our midst this year, but as a franchise, we clearly understand his position. At this stage, we can only confirm that we will look for a replacement at an appropriate time.”

Replacement: Yet to be named

Quinton de Kock: Before Delhi could sort themselves out from Duminy’s unavailability, they suffered another blow in the form of Quinton de Kock, who had been one of Daredevils’ consistent performers since 2014. But the 24-year-old South African wicketkeeper was ruled out of IPL 2017 due to a finger injury which he suffered during South Africa’s second Test against New Zealand. He did play the third game against the Kiwis but keeping Champions Trophy prospect ahead, de Kock was ruled out.

According to South Africa’s team manager Mohammed Moosajee, de Kock needs at least four to six weeks of recovery. And he being the wicketkeeper, South Africa team management did not want to take any chance of aggravating his injury.

Replacement: Yet to be named

Mitchell Marsh: Mitchell Marsh suffered a shoulder injury in India-Australia Test series, ruling him out of the series. But problems turned to worse when he was ruled out of the RPS squad for IPL 2017 due to the severity of his injury.

He had suffered from the shoulder injury for most of the summer but unfortunately, the harm progressively deteriorated to a point where he was unable to function at the required level, thus keep him on the sideline until the end of 2017. The franchise quickly named ICC Twenty20 International (T20I) and One-Day International (ODI) No.1 bowler Imran Tahir as his replacement, who had surprisingly gone unsold in the Bangalore auctions.

Replacement: Imran Tahir

Andre Russell: Andre Russell was banned from cricket for one year after he missed  out on filing his whereabouts, as a part of ICC’s anti-doping policy, thrice in 2015, thus ruling him out from KKR team for IPL 2017. Russell missed three dope tests in the span of 12 months under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) terms. He was amongst the most prolific T20 players across the globe having played in various leagues. Moreover, he had become a true match-winner for KKR with both bat and ball.

The Kolkata-based franchise bought Rovman Powell as his replacement who is termed as Russell’s junior as both have the same amount of power and monstrous hitting capability.

Replacement: Rovman Powell

Mustafizur Rahman: Mustafizur Rahman played a pivotal role in helping his side SRH clinch the IPL 2016 title. He played 16 matches in the previous edition and was the second highest wicket-taker for SRH with 17 scalps at 24.76. But this time around, Mustafizur is not sure whether Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will allow him to feature in IPL because of Bangladesh’s further international fixtures as they are to travel to Ireland in May. Moreover, even if Mustafizur gets an approval, he is not sure over his availability citing fitness issues and also for the fact that his limited-overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza has suggested him to skip IPL.

Replacement: Yet to be named

Martin Guptill: Guptill suffered hamstring strains to both legs during the 2016-17 summer and following medical consultation, will miss the remainder of the New Zealand domestic season and the first stage for Kings XI Punjab in the 10th edition of the IPL 2017. Furthermore, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said “Having Martin fully fit is critical, as we all know the positive influence he has on our side.“Martin knows this is an important period to get back to 100 percent so that he can be fully confident when he is in the park.”

“The Champions Trophy isn’t far away and we obviously want Martin firing on all cylinders for that tournament,” he added.

Guptill will be travelling to India ahead for the tournament where he will continue to be monitored by team physiotherapist Tommy Simsek.

AB de Villiers: In the absence of Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore announced that de Villiers would be leading the side. But hours after this announcement, RCB suffered another shock as Cricket South Africa (CSA) tweeted about de Villiers pulling out of the final of the Momentum One Day Cup — South Africa’s domestic 50-overs meet — due to back pain. There has been no further clarification from CSA or the franchise (RCB) or de Villiers himself about the magnitude of the injury, but initial reports have suggested that the talismanic batsman could be out of IPL 2017 for four weeks.

This news has come as a complete shocker for the Bangalore-based franchise as they have bore the brunt having already lost opener KL Rahul for the complete season and Kohli for first few weeks.

Replacement: Not named yet

Dwayne Bravo: Bravo suffered a hamstring injury in December last year during the Big Bash League in Australia. He underwent surgery last month and is still on the road to recovery. While playing for the Renegades in a BBL game against the Perch Scorchers, Bravo made a desperate dive to cut off a shot from the bat of Michael Klinger and then held his hamstring in pain.

Scans later revealed that the cricketer had sustained a serious injury and had to undergo a surgery, which ruled him out of the remainder of the competition. The player was expected to join his franchise Gujarat Lions (GL) in the first week of April, but now the reports have revealed that Bravo might just take more time to become fully-fit.

Replacement: Not named yet

With the days passing by, more and more players are joining the list of injured players.