IPL 2022: Suryakumar Yadav likely to miss Mumbai Indians’ opening fixture against Delhi Capitals
Suryakumar Yadav is yet to recover from a hairline fracture on his thumb.
Updated - Mar 23, 2022 3:42 pm
As per the latest developments, Suryakumar Yadav won’t be available for Mumbai Indians’ opening clash against Delhi Capitals in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The much-awaited clash is scheduled to take place on March 27 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. However, it seems like the five-time champions might have to take the field without their regular number-three batter Suryakumar Yadav.
It has been learnt that the 31-year-old is yet to recover from a hairline fracture on his thumb. He sustained the injury during the T20I series against West Indies last month. He was subsequently ruled out of the following T20I series against Sri Lanka. Although the dasher is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, dark clouds are looming over his participation in the opening fixture.
Suryakumar Yadav is currently undergoing rehabilitation in Bangalore
“Surya is currently at the NCA doing his rehabilitation. He is well on his way to recovery but there is a possibility that his participation in the opening game will be a real touch and go affair,” a senior BCCI source privy to developments was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
“So there could be a possibility that he might be advised by the board’s medical team to not risk playing the opener,” he added. It must be noted that Suryakumar is one of the four retentions made by the franchise ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction. He was picked ahead of the likes of Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya.
Hence, MI must have high hopes from the swashbuckling batter. Fortunately for Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar is certain to take the field in MI’s second game against Rajasthan Royals on April 2. “I think by the second MI game, he would be 100 per cent match fit. It is likely to be more of a precautionary measure if he doesn’t play the first game,” the source added. It must be noted that Suryakumar has been in red-hot form lately and will be critical to MI’s success.