Kuldeep Yadav has sustained a serious knee injury and is likely to miss most of the domestic season, having already returned from the UAE where he was with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
He is expected to be sidelined for months before resuming competitive cricket.
“Yes, we got the information that Kuldeep sustained a nasty knee injury during a practice session in UAE. Apparently while fielding, he twisted his knee and it was really bad at that point.
“There was no chance that he could have taken any further part and was sent back to India,” a senior BCCI official tracking developments of IPL teams told PTI on condition of anonymity.
He underwent surgery in Mumbai to fix his knee injury. “Knee injuries are generally bad. It’s a very long process from starting to walk and then getting strength back through intense physiotherapy sessions at the NCA, followed by light intensity training and finally starting with net sessions.
“It can’t be said with certainty that Kuldeep will be match ready by the time Ranji Trophy ends,” another IPL source privy to the developments said.