Not all is bad for CSK, allrounder Ravindra Jadeja – who had picked up an injury in Australia – is deemed fit and would be a part of the playing XI for sure, reckoned a source close to the side. As per a report in TOI, Jadeja has been batting and bowling in the nets. Also Read – Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium Will Host IPL 2021 Games Despite Rise in COVID-19 Cases in Maharashtra, Confirms MCA Official
“He batted and bowled in the nets and looked pretty good at that. He will definitely be part of the playing XI,” stated the source as quoted by Times of India. Also Read – Devdutt Padikkal, RCB Star Tests COVID-19 Positive, Set to Miss IPL 2021 Opener vs Mumbai Indians
This would come as a piece of good news for CSK fans – who are already upset with the neutral venue call. Jadeja has dislocated his left thumb in Australia and had to miss out on the last two Tests. He was also not a part of the side during the home series against England. Also Read – Josh Hazlewood Replacement: Billy Stanlake, Other Fringe Cricketers Turn Down CSK Offer Ahead of IPL 2021
Jadeja is one of the biggest stars of the league. The CSK all-rounder has played 184 matches in the IPL and has amassed 2159 runs with the bat at an average of 25.40. He also chips in with the ball and is an astounding fielder. He has picked up 114 wickets in IPL and some memorable catches and runouts.
Meanwhile, CSK finds themselves in a spot of bother as they have not been able to find an apt replacement for Josh Hazlewood. Reports suggest that CSK approached Billy Stanlake and Reece Topley and both the cricketers turned down the offer.
Another problem for CSK is that they will not be playing in their favoured Chepauk. CSK would play five matches at the Wankhede Stadium, which is different in nature in comparison with Chepauk. It would be interesting to see how CSK adapts to the change.
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