Ashwin had worked extremely hard right through the home season. Even during small breaks in between Test matches, he was at his academy ground in Chennai working on his game. It has taken a toll on his body and now, finally, the Off-Spinner will take a complete break. The sports hernia that could have kept him out of the Australia series,finally forced him to sit out of the Indian Premier League 2017.
There is, however no clarity whether Ashwin will be available if Pune Supergiant make the last four stage. By that time, Ashwin should be fit and would start preparing for the Champions Trophy. But the Pune franchise will only be in a position to avail his services if they don’t seek a replacement.
Aussie Off-Spinner Nathan Lyon, who was quite outstanding in the just-concluded series, wasn’t picked by any team from the IPL auction. The Aussie player is still available and the Pune bosses have the option of going for the spinner who looked extremely effective in Indian conditions in the recently concluded Border Gavaskar Trophy. It could will be the Captain Steve Smith’s call if he wants to replace the best Indian spinner with the best Australian spinner. If that happens, it will be interesting to see if Lyon has the same impact as R Ashwin. Ashwin picked 10 wickets in 14 matches in last season for Pune.
Earlier Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were aslo ruled out for least part of IPL 2017. As both of them are suffering from shoulder injuries. After Kohli and Rahul the latest to join in the list of injured cricketer is Murali Vijay. Vijay requires a surgery on his right wrist and will also undergo rehabilitation for his left shoulder. Kohli sustained a shoulder injury in Ranchi Test against Australia.