Chris Woakes ruled out of IPL 2020
Delhi Capitals have been dealt a big blow to their bowling department as star pacer Chris Woakes has been ruled out of the thirteenth edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League. The reason for Woakes to pull out of the tournament is due to the fact that he wants to keep himself safe such that he can start afresh for England’s home Test season. For Woakes, national duty comes ahead of anything else.
England will be playing a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka starting on March 19 and after which, they will play six home Tests next summer against West Indies and Pakistan starting from June 4 onwards.
Woakes who was brought for INR 1.5 crore by Delhi Capitals has earlier plied his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. A useful bowler for the team, Woakes took a total 17 wickets in the 2017 edition but had a disappointing season in 2018 where he played only 5 games as he conceded more than 10 runs an over.
The world’s premier tournament will go all guns blazing with the first match scheduled to be played between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Delhi Capitals will kick-off their first match against Kings XI Punjab at home on March 30.
Though Chris Woakes was not assured to make the cut in Delhi’s playing XI his absence will surely be a setback as lanky pacer Ishant Sharma could also miss the franchise’s initial few matches due to an ankle injury.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League starts from March 29, Sunday with the final scheduled to be played on March 24, Sunday and thus Chris Woakes chose to remain fresh for the home Test summer season.