IPL 2023: As the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) approaches, several star fast bowlers from around the world have already been ruled out of the competition due to injuries.
Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah, for instance, has just undergone back surgery after struggling with it for an extended period.
Other pacers have also undergone surgeries, which has disrupted the IPL franchises’ planning, given that they are key players in their respective line-ups.
The Mumbai Indians, in particular, will be significantly affected, as two of their lead pace bowlers have been ruled out of the tournament.
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While Jofra Archer is expected to be available for the Mumbai side for the entire season, the five-time winners will need to acquire a couple of quality pace options to support the England bowler in the pace department.
Similarly, the Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Rajasthan Royals are also searching for replacements for their respective injured players. The absence of these players will undoubtedly have an impact on the teams’ performance, and it remains to be seen how they will adapt to the situation.
IPL 2023: List of 5 Injured Players
1. Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)
Jasprit Bumrah is out for six months, missing IPL 2023, the WTC final, and Asia Cup. Mumbai Indians seek an experienced Indian pacer, with potential replacements such as Sandeep Sharma, Varun Aaron, and Shreyas Gopal.
2. Jhye Richardson (Mumbai Indians)
Australian seamer Jhye Richardson is out for three months due to a hamstring injury and surgery. Potential replacements for Mumbai Indians include Chris Jordan, Lance Morris, and Sean Abbott, while having Archer and Jason Behrendorff in the squad.
3. Kyle Jamieson (Chennai Super Kings)
Kyle Jamieson, a talented New Zealander pacer, is out of the tournament due to a recurring back injury that required surgery. Potential replacements are Riley Meredith, Dasun Shanaka, and Gerald Coetzee.
4. Will Jacks (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Will Jacks, who has excelled in the Hundred and SA20, was set for his IPL debut. But he is now sidelined due to injury. Potential replacements are Michael Bracewell, Dasun Shanaka, and Travis Head.
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5. Jonny Bairstow (Punjab Kings)
Punjab Kings await ECB clearance on Jonny Bairstow’s golf injury. Matt Short’s follow on Instagram has fans worried about his possible absence from IPL 2023. Replacement options include Matt Short, Jason Roy, and Tom Kohler-Cadmore.
Furthermore, other teams are seeking replacements for injured players as well. Royals seek a replacement for pacer Prasidh Krishna. While Delhi Capitals seek a wicket-keeper batter to fill the void left by Rishabh Pant’s car accident.
As the IPL 2023 approaches, teams are working tirelessly to ensure they have the best possible squad. The search for replacements is just one aspect of this process. And, it remains to be seen who will ultimately make the cut.