Chennai Super Kings have suffered a major setback as all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been sidelined for two weeks due to hamstring tear. Chennai Super Kings Batting Coach, Michael Hussey made the formal announcement a day before their game against Kings XI Punjab.
Bravo has certainly been in good form and enjoyed a lot of success so far this year’s competition. He was part of Quetta Gladiators team that lifted their maiden crown in this year’s Pakistan Super League. Earlier this year, Dwayne Bravo was instrumental in helping Melbourne Stars qualify for the competition. He finished with 15 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 28.26.
In the absence of Bravo, Chennai’s team management will bring in Scott Kuggeleijn as a replacement in the playing XI. New Zealand all-rounder was signed by Chennai as a replacement for injured Lungi Ngidi.
Dwayne Bravo’s main role in the setup was to bowl at the back end of the innings. Chennai will now have to look for other options that can a similar job for the side in the next couple of matches.
Captain MS Dhoni and Head Coach Stephen Fleming will certainly be looking at all the options available at the moment.
The side could certainly go back to Mohit Sharma or Shardul Thakur to bowl the death overs. A lot will depend on the condition as spinners might be given an opportunity to bowl if conditions favor the slow bowlers in a particular game.
Before the start of the competition, Chennai suffered a setback as pace bowler Lungi Ngidi was ruled out due to injury. All-rounder David Willey was also ruled out of the competition due to personal reasons. The franchise signed New Zealand’s Scott Kuggeleijn as a possible replacement for Lungi Ngidi.
It will interesting to see how Chennai fare in the next couple of games in the ongoing Indian Premier League.