The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is just around the corner, and all the cricket fanatics are keenly waiting to see their favourites teams and players back in action. The most awaited tournament is going to be played from 9 April to 30 May. All the games are to be held in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata.
One significant change this year will be the use of neutral venues. This means that all the IPL teams will not get home advantage. Most of the IPL teams have already started sweating out for the forthcoming matches. Meanwhile, some teams have
suffered a massive blow due to the sudden exit of their vital players.
Let’s have a look at some of the players who have pulled/ruled out of the tournament
Josh Hazlewood (Chennai Super Kings)
Chennai Super Kings pacer Josh Hazlewood has decided to withdraw from IPL 2021 season due to bio-bubble fatigue. The seamer was set to depart for India with other Australian players, but he has decided to give this year’s tournament a miss to spend some time with his family.
Chennai Super Kings bought Hazlewood for INR 2 crore in IPL 2020 auction. Even though he didn’t feature in the playing XI consistently for the team last season, Hazlewood was retained by CSK ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. The pacer’s
decision to pull out from the tournament at the 11th hour would’ve undoubtedly astonished the Yellow Army. He has featured in just three IPL games so far, picking up one wicket at an economy rate of 6.4.
Mitchell Marsh (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Sunrisers Hyderabad has suffered a massive blow as their all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has decided to skip the forthcoming IPL season. The Australian all-rounder has pulled out of the fourteenth edition of the league, citing his inability to spend
lengthy times inside the bio-secure bubble.
The 29-year old had also missed the better part of last year’s IPL after the Hyderabad-based franchise secured his services for INR 2 crore in the 2020 auction. He had twisted his ankle in SRH’s very first match of IPL 2020 and was later ruled
out of the entire season. The all-rounder has played a total of 21 IPL Matches so far, scoring 225 runs at a strike rate of 114.2.
Josh Phillipe (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Royal Challengers Bangalore has enrolled New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Finn Allen as a replacement for Josh Philippe. Josh Philippe is going to be unavailable for the entire IPL 2021 season. Josh Philippe, who made his IPL debut in 2020, was featured in five games. The youngster scored 78 runs for the Bangalore- based franchise. The 21-year-old wicket-keeper batsman recently made headlines with his astonishing performance in the Big Bash League 2020. His unavailability is
undoubtedly going to hurt RCB.
Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Capitals)
Delhi Capitals skipper and dynamic batsman Shreyas Iyer have been ruled out of the entire tournament due to a shoulder injury. The 26-year-old sustained the injury during the ODI series against England. It is believed that the batsman will stay away from any cricketing action till September. Shreyas Iyer’s surgery is going to be done on 8 April; only then the fanatics will get to know any news of his return. In his absence, the onus will be on young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant to deliver as captain.