The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been dealt a big blow ahead of their clash with the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season, as Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out for the remainder of the season owing to a rib injury.
MS Dhoni underlined why the former captain will be a major loss for CSK and will be difficult to replace.
Jadeja sustained the injury while trying a catch against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Pune this week.
Before his injury, Jadeja had also suffered from his defensive performances. With an average of 19.33, the 33-year-old batted 116 times in ten games. His bowling record, on the other hand, was not particularly outstanding, as he only got five wickets during the competition.
Jadeja’s injury exacerbated an otherwise disappointing season. After only eight matches this season, the ace all-rounder handed over the captaincy to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who took over as the team’s new captain.
‘He is one of those who help us try out different combinations’: MS Dhoni
The four-time IPL champion skipper stated ahead of the match against MI at the Wankhede Stadium that Jadeja is exceedingly difficult to replace.
“Someone like Jaddu is one of those who assist us in experimenting with different combinations. It’s difficult to replace him; I don’t believe anyone could field a better team,” at the toss, MS Dhoni stated.
In the encounter against MI, CSK, who were without Jadeja, scored just 97 runs. This is their second-lowest total in the world’s wealthiest T20 history of the league. With an undefeated 36 in just 33 balls, Dhoni led the way for the four-time champions. Aside from him, no other CSK batter reached double figures.
CSK is on the verge of being relegated after winning only four of their first Twelve matches.