Indian Premier League

Top 5 cricketers to miss IPL this year

Top 5 cricketers to miss IPL this year
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The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, one of the most awaited T20 leagues in the world, is set to start on March 31. However, some of the top cricketers who were expected to play this year will miss the tournament due to various reasons. In this article, we take a closer look at the players who will not be a part of IPL 2023 and the reasons behind their absence.

Jasprit Bumrah:

One of the key players for Mumbai Indians, Jasprit Bumrah, has been ruled out of IPL 2023 due to a back injury that has kept him out of action for over five months. The pacer was expected to make a comeback in the league this year, but his injury has ruled out any possibility of his participation.

Pat Cummins:

The Australian Test skipper, Pat Cummins, who represented Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2022, has opted out of IPL 2023 due to his busy international schedule. He has also returned home to take care of his ill mother in Sydney, making it impossible for him to participate in the league this year.

Mitchell Starc:

Former Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer, Mitchell Starc, has also decided to miss IPL 2023 after not registering for the auction. The left-arm pacer is currently recovering from a finger injury and hopes to play in the upcoming Tests against India next month.

Alex Hales:

England opener Alex Hales, who played a crucial role in England’s T20 World Cup 2022 victory, has opted out of IPL 2023 due to workload issues. Hales had a great season with Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2022, but he has decided to give the league a miss this year.

Steve Smith:

Former Australian captain, Steve Smith, has also decided not to register for the IPL 2023 auction. Smith, who played for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022, has opted to skip the league this year.

The absence of these top cricketers will undoubtedly have an impact on the teams they were expected to represent in IPL 2023. However, it also presents an opportunity for other players to step up and make a name for themselves in one of the most popular T20 leagues in the world. The league promises to be as exciting as ever, and fans around the world are eagerly waiting for the action to begin.