How many games are the Australian players are likely to miss? Is Suryakumar available for Mumbai?
A team may have a strong first XI, but may not always have their best 11 players available. With the international calendar jam-packed, and with some players recovering from injury, almost every team will miss some of their recruits in the early part of the IPL season. Here’s a look at the player availability for each team.
England quick Jofra Archer, who was picked up for INR 8 crores at the auction, is unavailable for the 2022 season as he continues to recover from an elbow injury.
Chennai Super Kings
Super Kings pace spearhead Deepak Chahar is set to miss a large chunk of IPL 2022, if not more, with a quadriceps injury. The team will also be without key allrounder Moeen Ali for their first match on March 26, against Kolkata Knight Riders. Moeen landed in Mumbai on the morning of March 24, and will need to undergo a mandatory three-day quarantine before joining the squad. South Africa’s Dwaine Pretorius is the second overseas player Super Kings will miss for their opening game, as he finished playing the ODI series against Bangladesh at home only on March 23.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Tim Southee, though, will be available despite New Zealand playing Netherlands in a white-ball series at home. But he may have to miss the playoffs and the final, should Knight Riders make it that far, with New Zealand set to begin a three-match Test series in England on June 2.
Apart from Australia seamer Sean Abbott, who will miss the first three games, the rest of the players are available.
Rassie van der Dussen, who was part of South Africa’s ODI series against Bangladesh, should be available for Royals’ first game on March 29.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The newly married Glenn Maxwell will miss at least the first two games, while Josh Hazlewood and Jason Behrendorff are set to miss the first three matches as the Australian players will only be released after April 6.
David Warner is unavailable for Capitals’ first two games and Mitchell Marsh for the first three. Lungi Ngidi and Mustafizur Rahman were part of the South Africa-Bangladesh ODI series and will also miss the first match. The bigger concern for Capitals is Anrich Nortje’s fitness. He has been dealing with hip and back issues, and while he joined Capitals’ squad on Sunday, it is understood he is likely to sit out the first few matches.
Kagiso Rabada will miss Kings’ opening match as he was part of South Africa’s ODI series against Bangladesh. Jonny Bairstow is in the West Indies with England’s Test side and is likely to miss the first two games. With England set to play New Zealand in early June, Bairstow could also be unavailable for the final if Kings make it that far.