Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who were expecting to welcome an injured Deepak Chahar back to the team by April 25, have suffered a big blow to their hopes of having the pacer play the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season for them.
As reported, Deepak aggravated his injury during rehabilitation, and will be out of action for another four months. Signed by the defending champions for Rs 14 crore, Chahar is currently undergoing rehab for a quadriceps injury at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
The aggravated injury and new scans suggest that the pacer is likely to be out of action for a long time, and could miss the T20 World Cup too.
“We are not aware of this back injury. He has been working very hard to get back to shape and play again for us. But for now, he remains unavailable”, someone from the CSK management told InsideSport.
The Rajasthan pacer joined CSK in 2018 after playing two seasons for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants. In all he has played 58 IPL matches for CSK, claiming 58 wickets at an economy rate of 7.70.
“The bowling of CSK, there’s a big hole there. Deepak Chahar might not play the whole season. Hopefully, he gets there halfway through the season because they need him – that swing, the way he picks up wickets with the swing bowling in the powerplay overs,” former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg had recently said on his YouTube channel.
Deepak’s absence has surely been a big problem for CSK this season. They are currently ninth in the points table with one win in five games.