KKR pacer Pat Cummins ruled out of IPL 2022 due to hip injury
Cummins’ injury isn’t too serious and he’s expected to regain full fitness within a couple of weeks.
Updated - May 13, 2022 12:27 pm
In what can be called a major blow for Kolkata Knight Riders, Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 due to a hip injury. As a result, the Australian Test captain has left the team’s bio-bubble to head towards Sydney. Meanwhile, Cummins’ injury isn’t too serious and he’s expected to regain full fitness within a couple of weeks.
As the talismanic fast bowler has been rested for the T20I series against Sri Lanka next month, his fitness issues aren’t likely to hamper the national team’s plans. He anyway is expected to be available for the ODI and Test tour of Sri Lanka. However, his ouster might hamper KKR’s chances of going through to the playoffs. After warming the benches for few games, Cummins made a thunderous return to KKR line-up recently, scalping a match-winning three-wicket haul.
Pat Cummins’ ouster can hurt KKR
Hence, the Shreyas Iyer-led side would largely miss his services. Meanwhile, this major report was carried out by cricket.com.au. It also must be noted that KKR have endured a hard time in the competition and are currently reeling at the seventh place with five victories in 12 outings. They only have an outside chance to qualify for the playoffs and Cummins’ exit has diminished that as well.
KKR now need to win their remaining two games with significant margins alongside depending upon other match results. With Cummins not being in the scheme of things anymore, KKR will depend upon the likes of Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee to handle the pace-bowling department.
Meanwhile, Australia’s full-fledged tour of Sri Lanka will get underway on June 7 with the first of the three T20Is. It will be followed by five ODIs and a couple of Test matches. Cummins, who has done exceptionally well in his recent international assignments, would like to extend his fine form and display some more match-winning performances. Not to forget, alongside being a wicket-taking machine, the 29-year-old is also a handy batter lower down the order.