New Delhi - A growing number of India Test stars have either been ruled
out of the IPL or have had their participation called into doubt as a gruelling
season takes its toll.
Opener Lokesh Rahul will miss the Royal Challengers
Bangalore's campaign with the man who struck six fifties against Australia set
to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder.
This comes after RCB were hit with the initial blow of not
having skipper Virat Kohli available for the start of their campaign with South
Africa star AB de Villiers to lead the team in his absence.
Rahul's opening partner Murali Vijay is also nursing a
shoulder injury and it is believed that he will be rested for the initial
stages of the Kings XI Punjab's IPL.
Vijay missed the Bangalore Test with the knock which is not
as serious as the damage done to Rahul's shoulder.
Meanwhile a sports hernia will see star spinner Ravichandran
Ashwin miss the entire IPL in a huge blow to the Steve Smith-led Rising Pune
Ashwin will be sidelined for six to eight weeks but is
expected to be fit in time to take his place in India's squad for the 2017
Champions Trophy to be played in England.
The spinner picked up the injury while playing against
England but has pushed through to the end of India's epic home Test season.