Kolkata's star player, Pat Cummins, has reportedly left the team bio-bubble to return home owing to a hip injury. The Australian Test captain will return to Sydney for rehabilitation ahead of Australia's tour to Sri Lanka next month. The 29-year old is not just the red-ball skipper of the Australian team, but is also a major part of their white-ball team as well.
Due of the extent of his injury, he would not have been able to play any more games for the team this season. However, his injury isn't severe and thus, he is expected to recover in a few weeks.
The Australian team has a tightly packed schedule for the next 18 months. Following the Sri Lanka tour, Australia will host the T20 World Cup, followed by a five-Test home summer, a Test tour of India, and an away Ashes campaign.
"Pat Cummins has left the Indian Premier League with a minor hip injury, but the Test captain appears on track to be able to handle an intense period of cricket over the coming months. Cummins had been managing the niggle through the IPL but, with Kolkata only an outside chance of making the playoffs, he will complete his rehabilitation at home before flying out for ODI and Test legs of next month's Sri Lanka tour," a report by cricket.com.au.
In the meantime, Pat Cummins did not have the best run in the Indian T20 League 2022. He only played five games in the season and picked up seven wickets. He also has conceded a lot of runs as his economy rate in the 2022 edition was 10.68. In the early stages of the competition, he played brilliantly with the bat against Mumbai. He recorded the tournament's joint fastest half-century with a 14-ball half-century.
Kolkata, on the other hand, are struggling to make it to the playoffs. The men in purple are seventh in the standings with five victories in 12 games. They will have to win all of their remaining games to stand a chance to make it to the playoffs. Their final two games are against Hyderabad and Lucknow, on May 14th and 18th, respectively.