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Suryakumar Yadav likely to miss Mumbai Indians’ opening match against Delhi Capitals

Suryakumar Yadav is in doubt for Mumbai’s first game of IPL 2022. Yadav is currently rehabilitiatng from a thumb injury, and is set to miss the Mumbai’s first game of the season against the Delhi Capitals on March 27.

“Surya is at NCA at the moment. He is recovering well. He’ll be here soon,” MI captain Rohit Sharma said at a virtual media interaction. “I can’t give his availability right now, whether he will be available for the first game or not. But, yeah, we are trying to get him here as soon as possible once we have the clearance from NCA.”

Suryakumar Yadav rehabilitating since sustaining hairline fracture in February

Suryakumar Yadav last appeared for India during the limited overs series against West Indies. The 31-year-old was in top form in the T20I series, scoring a blistering 65 from 31 balls in the third match. He sustained a hairline fracture on his thumb while on the field, and was ruled out of the Sri Lanka series. Since then he has been rehabilitating at the NCA in Bangalore, where he will be expected to clear a fitness assessment before joining the Mumbai Indians. Yadav was the leading run-scorer for India in that series, with 107 runs from 3 innings.

With Yadav’s prospects so bleak, Mumbai Indians have been dealt a big blow. He is the only other specialist India batsman in their middle-order apart from their 15-crore auction buy Ishan Kishan, and has played a pivotal role in the MI setup ever since his inclusion in the squad in 2018. The versatile right-hander was retained by Mumbai ahead of the auction for 8 crores, after a decent 2021 season. Despite MI performing poorly in the tournament and failing to reach the playoffs, Yadav was one of the few positives to come out of it. He was the second-highest runscorer for the franchise last year after Rohit Sharma, with 317 runs from 14 games.

Nineteen-year-old Tilak Verma, purchased by Mumbai for INR 1.5 crore in the auction, is likely to slot in for Yadav for the opening game against the Capitals.

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