As per the latest developments, Kolkata Knight Riders have received a major blow as their star pacer Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the rest of the IPL season due to a hip injury.
As a result, the Aussie test skipper has already left the KKR’s bio-bubble to fly back to his home Australia. Meanwhile, the right-handed pacer isn’t seriously injured and he is likely to recover within a couple of weeks.
His fitness issues will also not affect his national team’s plans as Pat Cummins was rested by the Australian Cricket Board for the T20I series against Sri Lanka next month. Pat is expected to join the Kangaroos for the ODI and the Test series against the island nation from Asia.
Meanwhile, Pat Cummins’ absence could hamper Kolkata Knight Riders’ hopes of staying alive in the tournament. The Aussie quick emerged as their best bowler against Mumbai Indians in the last game with three wickets.
Pat Cummins returns home because of an injury
As per a report from cricket.com.au, the Aussie test skipper has left the IPL after sustaining a hip injury. The news could not come at a worse time for the two-time champions. The Kolkata-based franchise is on the verge of getting eliminated from the competition and their season is hanging by a thin thread.
They currently are 7th in the points table with five wins and seven losses after 12 matches. The Men in Purple got some form back with a massive 52-run win against five-time champions Mumbai Indians. The Knight Riders must win all of their remaining matches to have an outside chance to qualify for the playoffs.
As far as Australia are concerned, Pat Cummins is likely to recover in time to feature in the ODI and the Test assignments against Sri Lanka. the pacer is expected to lead his side from the front he will be putting hard yards to regain full fitness.