Right-arm pacer Deepak Chahar may be available to play in the IPL from mid-April onward. The Chennai Super Kings were dealt a heavy blow when he sustained a quadriceps injury during the the 3rd T20 against West Indies in Kolkata. But according to the latest reports, Chahar will not require surgery. Instead, he is expected to recover within a few weeks of rehabilitation.
Based on his initial MRI scans, it was recommended to Chahar that he undergo surgery. This potentially ruled him out of possibly half the IPL season, as well as hampering his chance to be part of the T20 World Cup scheduled in Australia later this year. However Chahar decided against it. The bowler is now under rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, and is on course to take part in the upcoming IPL as well as look forward to the World Cup.
Relief for CSK, who have not yet named Chahar’s official replacement
Chahar was the CSK’s biggest buy at the IPL 2022 auction held on 12 and 13 February. CSK reclaimed their star bowler for a massive 14 crores, the highest ever in their bidding history.
Chahar has taken 5 wickets in 4 games against the West Indies, and also come under the spotlight for his batting. He received accolades for his gritty half-century while chasing in the 3rd ODI against South Africa in January, which took India within a hairsbreadth of a win. Since his inclusion in CSK’s squad since 2018, he has taken 58 wickets in 58 games and come into his own as Dhoni’s trusted opening bowler.
CSK has not yet named a replacement for Chahar, with two weeks left to go for the season’s inaugural game. The squad has begun training, and two uncapped fast-bowlers Simarjit Singh and Mukesh Chaudhary appear to be central to their preparations. Both were purchased at the auction at their base price of 20 lakh.