Relief for CSK, Deepak Chahar expected to return from injury in mid-April

Deepak Chahar should be available from mid-April | Courtesy @IPL/Twitter

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Deepak Chahar is not expected to miss the entire IPL 2022 season.
  • Pacemaker decided not to have surgery for a torn quadriceps.
  • He should be available for selection from mid-April.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans’ hearts sank as reports of Deepak Chahar missing the entire 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season had emerged. However, now it looks like INR 14 crore purchase will be available to join the team mid-season.

According to a report published in the India time, chahar had to undergo surgery to treat a quadriceps tear he had suffered. However, it now appears that surgery would not be necessary and therefore the pacemaker would be available from mid-April.

Chahar is already at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for his 8 week long rehab. CSK hope Chahar will join their side in the coming weeks, having already started their preparations for the new campaign in Surat.

While there are no plans to rush Chahar into action, CSK is monitoring his development every step of the way and hopes to have his big buy from the mega auction fit and fired after a few weeks.

After performing MRI scans, Chahar was advised to go under the knife, but the pacemaker decided against it. The 29-year-old, like most Indian designers, is aiming for a spot in India’s squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia. If he had decided to undergo surgery, he would have missed the whole IPL, reducing his chances of competing in the T20 World Cup.

So Chahar took the bold call to continue his rehab without undergoing surgery. Then an 8-week long detox was suggested, after which the stimulator should be available for selection.

CSK also roped the Irish leader Josh Small as a net thrower. Cricket Ireland announced the news on Twitter saying: “Congratulations to Josh Little who is heading for a development opportunity with Chennai Super Kings in the early stages of the upcoming IPL. Experience as a net bowler for CSK should be fantastic.”

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Except for Chahar, CSK does not have a high quality Indian designer in the squad for the IPL 2022 season. In Chahar’s absence, it will be up to foreign pacemakers and young Indians to step up and absorb the pressure.

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