IPL 2019: 5 Indian players who might miss the tournament

IPL 2019: 5 Indian players who might miss the tournament

These players' fitness is important for Team India in the World Cup.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The preparations for the 12th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have started now. While a few teams have traded top players, some franchises opted to release some of the under-performing cricketers from the previous edition. IPL most probably will be organised outside India with the general elections in the country and is also lined up to start early with the ICC World Cup scheduled to commence on May 30.

The marquee T20 league might miss some of the top international players this time around as the cricket boards would want their ace cricketers to stay ahead of the showpiece event in England. The same is the case with the Men in Blue. They have been playing constantly and despite Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri raising concern over the scheduling, the Indian team has got no respite.

IPL is an intense tournament and like other teams, even the BCCI would want its cricketers to stay fit and prioritise to play in the World Cup next year. It will be interesting to see how franchises react to the situation if the top Indian players miss out the whole or major part of the season next year.

Here we bring you the list of five Indian players who might miss IPL 2019:

1. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar. (Photo by Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

India’s new ball bowler in all the formats, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, is having fitness issues over the last few months. The selectors are already managing his workload ever since he had to miss out a few of the IPL matches last season. Bhuvi is struggling with his back throughout this year and is still not bowling at full tilt. Moreover, he aggravated the injury during the ODI series in England which kept him away from the Tests.

With the tours of Australia and New Zealand, Bhuvneshwar will have played a lot of cricket until the cash-rich tournament starts next year. He plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the franchise might miss him as the selectors might not permit him to play. There is a chance of his injury occurring again in case Bhuvi opts to play and then his World Cup ambitions might be jolted.