Mumbai Indians have suffered a major setback ahead of the IPL 2023 starting on March 31 as Jhye Richardson has been ruled out of the tournament. He is also set to be ruled out of the Ashes race after undergoing surgery to repair a hamstring problem.
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Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson may be out of IPL 2023. Although initially, his hamstring injury was very mild. It took him 2 months to play. But now after the new surgery, he is sure to be out for at least a month. In such a situation, Richardson can be out of IPL 2023.
Richardson suffered a recurrence of the injury again while playing club cricket last week. He initially picked up an injury in the BBL. After which he was dropped from the ODI series in India. After this, he has to take the surgery option to find a long-term solution. Jhye was supposed to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023 as he was bought by MI in the IPL 2023 auction for 1.5 crores. This would have been his second stint in the tournament after one season with the Punjab Kings. His exit will prove to be a big blow for Mumbai Indians as stormy bowler Jasprit Bumrah is also out.
Regarding his injury, Richardson tweeted, “Injuries are a big part of cricket, that’s a fact. Frustrating? Absolutely. But I’m now in a scenario where I can get back to doing what I love and work bloody hard to become an even better player than before. One step back, two steps forward. Let’s do this.”
Richardson has been battling injury for a long time. He didn’t play that year’s ODI World Cup and Ashes after undergoing major shoulder surgery in 2019. Richardson bowls at a speed of 140KPH. He took a five-wicket haul on his Test debut in December 2021 against England in Adelaide. This was his first Test since injuring his right shoulder, but a subsequent heel injury ruled him out of the next match and he has not played Test cricket since.
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Western Australia coach Adam Voges said, “Obviously it’s devastating that he has re-injured that hamstring again and he is going to miss a significant amount of time to get his hamstring right. We all feel for Jhye and we’re hopeful that whatever they come with as a solution can fix his hamstring and we get him back out there because it has been a tough 12 months for him.”
Richardson could not even play in Marsh Cup and Sheffield Shield because of the injury. Cricket Australia recently selected him in Australia’s team for the three ODI series against India. This ODI series will start from 17 March. But after the injury, he has to step back from Australia’s ODI team. Nathan Ellis will replace him in the ODI team.