Yuvraj to miss out on first two weeks of IPL


India allrounder Yuvraj Singh will miss at least the first two weeks of the of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season as he recovers from an ankle injury he picked up in the World T20.

The 34-year-old Yuvraj, who was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IPL auction in February, sustained the injury while batting in India's final Super 10s game against Australia in Mohali on 27 March.

Sunrisers coach Tom Moody told iplt20.com: "Sadly, Yuvraj will be out for a couple of weeks but we don't know how long that is going to be. A player like Yuvraj Singh is important to any team.

"He is not only a match-winner with the bat, but he is a very useful bowler in those middle overs. Going into the auction, we were aware that we needed to strengthen our middle order.

"Hence, we targeted players like Yuvraj and Deepak Hooda to give us that depth in our middle order and they complement what we already have in our squad."

Moody added: "What we are aware of this year is building a great depth and strength in our squad and by securing people like Aditya Tare, Tirumalasetti Suman who has had a lot of IPL experience in the past, we feel that we have got that depth of talent to be able to cover for any circumstance and Yuvraj's absence is one of them.

"With Yuvraj being injured at this stage, you don't know what is around the corner – you need that depth in the squad."

The IPL starts on Saturday when the defending champions Mumbai Indians host newcomers Rising Pune Supergiants.