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IPL 2017: Umesh Yadav Likely to Play Kolkata Knight Riders' First Home Game

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 2, 2017, 8:45 AM IST
IPL 2017: Umesh Yadav Likely to Play Kolkata Knight Riders' First Home Game

Umesh Yadav. (Image credit: BCCI)

New Delhi: India speedster Umesh Yadav is likely to take part in Kolkata Knight Riders' first home game against Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens, CEO Venky Mysore said.

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There were reports that Umesh might skip the first phase of the cash-rich league after a marathon home Test season.

"Hearty congrats @y_umesh. Exceptional perf 4 #TeamIndia. Enjoy the well deserved break. C u in Kol fresh & recharged on April 10! @KKRiders," Mysore wrote on his Twitter handle.

Pressed further on if he would be available for selection for the April 13 game, Mysore told IANS: "Yes. He will be available for selection."

The BCCI, in a statement, had said that Umesh has a right hip injury and lower back soreness but should recover by second week of April.

KKR will take on Glenn Maxwell-led Kings XI Punjab on April 13 before taking on Gujarat Lions (April 7) and Mumbai Indians (April 9).

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Umesh took 17 wickets in the four-Test series against Australia.

A host of top Indian players will either miss the IPL or be rested from some initial matches of the cash-rich league.

India captain Virat Kohli's availability for the 10th edition of the tournament will be confirmed in the second week of April, the BCCI informed on Saturday.

Updating the fitness status of Kohli, the BCCI said the RCB skipper will undergo rehabilitation for the injury sustained during the opening day of the Ranchi Test against Australia.

While India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was set to represent Rising Pune Supergiants, will not be available for the entire IPL due to the recurrence of sports hernia, Test openers Murali Vijay (last year's captain of Kings XI Punjab) and KL Rahul (RCB) are also virtually ruled out due to the shoulder surgeries.

The BCCI medical team said Ashwin will miss the entire IPL as he has been advised 6-8 weeks of rehabilitation to recuperate from his groin pain.

Regarding Rahul and Vijay, the BCCI said, "KL Rahul is likely to undergo surgery of his left shoulder and may not be available for IPL 2017 season during which he will have to complete his rehabilitation.

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