Australia pacer, Pat Cummins has been ruled out of the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League due to a back injury.

The 24-year old also missed the opening match of Mumbai Indians who were defeated by the Mumbai Indians who were outplayed by Chennai Super Kings by 1 wicket on Saturday.

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Cummins had a heavy workload last year where he played 13 consecutive Tests.

Cummins is the third player who has been ruled out because of the gruelling Test series in South Africa with fellow quicks Mitchell Starc and Kagiso Rabada who have already been ruled out of the IPL.

Apart of them,  Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis is also recovering from a finger injury and side strain which would keep him benched for the upcoming match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

“Pat experienced some back problems during the fourth Test in South Africa and might miss Australia’s limited-overs series against England,” said David Weakley, Australia physiotherapist.

“Pat Cummins would now undergo rehabilitation and we will re-scan him in a few weeks to assess the healing,” he added.

Cummins had bowled 447.5 overs across all the formats since the start of the last Australian summer and was the leading performer of the team during Australia’s tour of South Africa.