Everyone is getting excited because the IPL 2024 is coming up in less than two months. It’s the 17th time this cricket tournament is happening. It will start on March 22 and end on May 25. This tournament is extra important because the T20 World Cup is happening right after, in June, in the West Indies and USA. After the recent auction, all 10 teams have stronger teams now. But, there are concerns about some key players who might not play because they are injured.
1. Mohammed Shami
Gujarat Titans’ Mohammed Shami, a key player, faces a major setback with a persistent ankle injury. Despite battling ankle pain during the World Cup 2023, where he emerged as the leading wicket-taker, Shami has been sidelined for the past two months. His journey to recovery involves seeking specialist consultation in London, raising concerns about his IPL 2024 participation.
2. Rashid Khan
Another Gujarat Titans star, leg-spinner Rashid Khan, is grappling with a significant back injury that has kept him out of action since the World Cup. Nursing himself back post back surgery, Rashid opted out of BBL, SA20, and PSL, leaving his IPL 2024 prospects in doubt.
3. Rishabh Pant
Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant, confident about his return in IPL 2024, still awaits official confirmation. A car accident in December 2022 sidelined him for the entire 2023 season. Although eager to return, Pant’s knee injuries may limit his role, possibly excluding him from wicketkeeping duties.
4. Hardik Pandya
Mumbai Indians’ newly-appointed captain, Hardik Pandya, faces anticipation and speculation regarding his IPL 2024 comeback. Suffering an ankle injury mid-World Cup, Pandya has been sharing training glimpses on social media. However, the extent of his readiness for bowling and batting remains uncertain.
5. Suryakumar Yadav
Mumbai Indians are anxiously monitoring Suryakumar Yadav’s fitness, given his recent surgeries. The batsman underwent groin surgery in Germany for a sports hernia on January 17 and tackled an ankle injury from South Africa in December. Fans hope he recovers in time to showcase his prowess in the IPL 2024.
As IPL 2024 draws near, the fate of these star players hangs in the balance. The intersection of their injuries and the crucial tournament timelines adds an extra layer of unpredictability to the upcoming cricketing extravaganza. Fans remain optimistic, hoping these cricketing titans can overcome their physical hurdles and grace the field.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: Are there any updates on Mohammed Shami’s recovery?
A1: As of now, Shami is seeking specialist consultation in London for his ankle treatment. The extent of his IPL 2024 participation remains uncertain.
Q2: Will Rishabh Pant resume wicketkeeping duties if he makes a comeback in IPL 2024?
A2: Due to knee injuries, it’s unlikely that Pant will take up wicketkeeping duties even if he returns to the field in IPL 2024.
Q3: How has Hardik Pandya been preparing for IPL 2024?
A3: Pandya has been sharing training and gym videos on social media, but details regarding his batting and bowling readiness are yet to be confirmed.
Q4: When did Suryakumar Yadav undergo surgery, and what were the injuries?
A4: Suryakumar Yadav underwent groin surgery for a sports hernia in Germany on January 17 and had an ankle injury from South Africa in December.
Q5: Which tournaments did Rashid Khan miss due to his back injury?
A5: Rashid Khan opted out of BBL, SA20, and PSL as he recovered from a significant back injury post the World Cup.