Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowler Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the rest of the IPL 2022 due to a minor hip ailment. Cummins was diagnosed after KKR’s last match, and the nature of the injury meant that his recuperation period would have prevented him from playing any further games for the team this season.
Cummins has already left the team bubble for Sydney, where he will finish his recovery in preparation for Australia’s next trip to Sri Lanka. He should have plenty of time to recover after being rested from the T20I series that kicks off the full SL tour.
After missing Australia’s T20Is in Sri Lanka in early June as part of an all-format tour to the island nation, the 29-year-old is set to return in two weeks.
Cummins has seven wickets in five games for KKR this season, including a match-winning 3/22 against the Mumbai Indians. Cummins had scored a 14-ball fifty in the previous match between the two teams, giving KKR a thrilling triumph against MI.
With 10 points from 12 games, the Knight Riders are still in the postseason race by a slim margin. Shreyas Iyer’s team will play Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday before facing Lucknow Super Giants on Wednesday in their last season match. In addition to heading the Test team, the 29-year-old is a first-choice option in both limited-overs and T20 formats and is perhaps Australia’s most essential player for the future 18 months of cricket.
Following the Sri Lanka tour, Australia will defend their T20 World Cup title at home in this year’s World Cup, followed by a five-test home summer, a Test tour of India, and an away Ashes campaign before returning to India for the ODI World Cup in October 2023.
That’s not to mention a possible debut in the World Test Championship final next year, another IPL (where Cummins will undoubtedly remain a hot commodity), and a slew of white-ball international series in the interim.