The IPL bubble has started to expand as the teams are done with the retention/release deadlines and are approaching the heavy duty 2019 IPL Auction. The release deadlines are over, and eight franchises have released as many as 66 players who will go under the hammer on 18th of December in Jaipur - the reported date and venue of 2019 IPL Auction.
With 66 players and other newbies set to be under the auction pot, this year's auction is expected to bring us a lot of surprises. However, besides that, we could witness plenty of players withdrawing their names from the extravagant league ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
In the wake of the 2019 World Cup, Australia and England have already made their decisions on the availability of their players for the upcoming edition of IPL. Moreover, we could also expect other boards to pass the same judgment.
The IPL is said to be the most exhaustive league across the world which is why many boards have set the basic guidelines for their players as they wouldn't want their best players to miss out on 2019 World Cup due to IPL.
Thus, let us have a look at one player from each franchise who shouldn't play IPL 2019 keeping 2019 World Cup in mind.
#1 Kedar Jadhav - Chennai Super Kings
Kedar Jadhav is one of the few injury prone cricketers who needs to be taken care of ahead of the all-important quadrennial tournament which is set to take place in May-June next year. Jadhav has been on the injury lines for quite a few time now.
He injured himself in the very first match of IPL 2018 where Chennai Super Kings played against Mumbai Indians. The batting all-rounder from Pune took a long time to recuperate from the injury and also had to miss the England tour due to the same. Jadhav's injury cost India dearly at the English tour (ODIs).
After almost five months of catching up with an injury, Jadhav made a comeback to the national team for the Asia Cup 2018. However, the injury game continued as he was yet again confronted with an injury in the finals of Asia Cup which led to his exclusion from the first two ODIs against West Indies.
Hence, Kedar Jadhav happens to be one of the players who should drop out of IPL for the considerable benefits of India at the 2019 World Cup.
#2 Bhuvneshwar Kumar - Sunrisers Hyderabad
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has long been an influential bowler for India, especially in the limited overs format. However, for the past few months, Kumar has been in and out of team owing to his injury concerns. Heavy workload seems to be the villain for Bhuvi.
Much like Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar also got injured in IPL 2018 which kept him doubtful for the English tour. However, he did take part in the limited overs series despite being injured which aggravated his injury and, as a result, he had to miss the Test series against England which came as a big blow to India.
Thus, Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs to manage his workload ahead of the 2019 World Cup which will be taking place just after IPL 2019. Hence, keeping the World Cup schedule in mind, Kumar should shy away from the coming edition of IPL while keeping himself anew for the 2019 World Cup.
#3 Chris Lynn - Kolkata Knight Riders
Chris Lynn, the Australian right-handed batting prospect, has been in an injury pool for quite a few times in the recent past. Having suffered heavy blows to his shoulder, Lynn has now become an injury prone batsman who needs to manage his workload carefully.
Lynn has now become a vital cog in the Australian limited overs team. Besides that, he also presumed to be Australia's go-to-go player in the 2019 World Cup as Smith and Warner will be just back at the time of 2019 World Cup and might take some time to get along in the scheme of international cricket.
Thus, taking a good look at his commitment to Australia in the 2019 World Cup, Lynn should withdraw his name from the extravagant league which would allow the Australian management to breathe a bit easier while looking at their 2019 World Cup plans.
#4 Ben Stokes - Rajasthan Royals
Arguably the best all-rounder at the moment, Ben Stokes has now formed a crucial link in the English team. Stokes will surely be England's key player in the 2019 World Cup, and hence his availability for the prestigious tournament should remain one of the top priorities for the English board.
Although Stokes hasn't been that kind of a player who gets caught up with an injury more often than not, keeping him fresh for the 2019 World Cup should be England's prime concern as the 50-over tournament will be a long tourney which would surely want the players to be in their best form and physique.
Henceforth, Stokes' exit from IPL 2019 would unquestionably come as a welcome move for both Stokes and the English team.
#5 Jasprit Bumrah - Mumbai Indians
Jasprit Bumrah, the best death bowler at the moment, will be India's one of the most important players at the 2019 World Cup. Having developed an excellent art of bowling in the death overs, Bumrah would surely not be the one whom India will want to miss at the 2019 World Cup.
Nevertheless, Bumrah hasn't been on an injury curve in the recent past. Howbeit, to guarantee something that hasn't happened in the past is something absurd that anyone wouldn't want to do.
Thus, BCCI would positively appreciate Jasprit Bumrah's voluntary exit from IPL 2019 which would allow the Gujarati pacer to keep himself devoid of injuries.
#6 Virat Kohli - Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli happens to be the most precise addition to this list. By far, Kohli is the best batsman at the moment, and his absence would implicitly ensure India's exit from the 2019 World Cup from the group stages itself. For quite a few time now, Kohli has been high on workloads which necessitate being monitored ahead of the crucial 2019 World Cup.
Hence, resting himself for the IPL 2019 will bring only good for Virat as he will get more time to cool off after an exhausting series against New Zealand and Australia in February and March next year. Thus, Kohli should consider dropping himself from the IPL 2019 in India's better interest at the 2019 World Cup.
#7 David Miller - Kings XI Punjab
David Miller, the South African batsman, has now become a significant part of the South African team after AB de Villiers' retirement. Proteas will rely heavily on Miller's exploits in the 2019 World Cup. Hence, missing Miller at the 2019 World Cup would surely dent South Africa's chances at the 2019 World Cup. Thus, the South African management would want the left-handed batsman to be completely fit for the upcoming quadrennial tournament.
Therefore, Miller should consider himself not playing IPL 2019 which will allow him to be fully match-fit for the massive event in May-June next year.
#8 Kagiso Rabada - Delhi Daredevils
Another prodigious player upon whom South Africa's World Cup chances will rely heavily is Kagiso Rabada. Unquestionably the best bowler at the moment, Rabada has been a regular affair in the South African bowling in all the formats, especially in ODIs and Tests.
Moreover, it is worthy to note that Rabada will be Proteas' lead bowler at the 2019 World Cup which obviates the need for South Africa to keep him injury-free ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Thus, the South African cricket board would want Rabada to miss IPL 2019 in the wake of managing his workload before the start of the prestigious event - 2019 World Cup.