IPL 2022 – Injured Suryakumar Yadav could miss Mumbai Indians’ season opener


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Batter is still recovering from a hairline fracture in his thumb at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore

Suryakumar Yadav is expected to miss the Mumbai Indians IPL opener which will be against Delhi Capitals on March 27. ESPNcricinfo has learned that the 31-year-old, who suffered a hairline fracture in his thumb on February 22 in the final match of the T20 series against West Indies, has yet to be released by the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, where he is. been in rehab for a few weeks.

Suryakumar’s absence is a significant loss for Mumbai, which has no other specialist India international in its batting order apart from captain Rohit Sharma and February auction’s biggest buy, Ishan Kishan.

Since his purchase in 2019, Suryakumar has played a pivotal role as a top hitter for Mumbai. While the five-time champions failed to qualify last season, Suryakumar continued to thrive. He was their second leading scorer with a total of 317 at a strike rate of 143.43 and an average of 22. With his ability to float around the batting order and, most importantly, accelerate from the moment he arrives at the crease, Suryakumar has become a key batsman for Mumbai and India.

It is likely that Mumbai will be forced to consider the pair of cousins ​​- Ramandeep Singh and Anmolpreet Singh – to replace Suryakumar while he is unavailable. Hyderabad’s uncapped hitter Tilak Varma is the favorite to play at No.3.

Nagraj Gollapudi is editor-in-chief of ESPNcricinfo

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