Young talent Ruturaj Gaikwad joins IPL defending champion CSK


Two crucial players for the defending champion Chennai Super Kings – opener Ruturaj Gaikwad and all-rounder Deepak Chahar – are injured. While it is yet uncertain when CSK will be able to secure Chahar's services in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, MS Dhoni's CSK received some good news on Wednesday when promising opener Ruturaj Gaikwad arrived at the ongoing pre-season camp in Surat (March 16).

CSK will play Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2022 season opener on March 26 in Mumbai. Gaikwad was unable to play in the T20 series against Sri Lanka after injured his wrist in the previous match against the West Indies.

The 25-year-old opener had to undergo rehabilitation at Bengaluru's National Cricket Academy, but he appears to have healed in time to attend CSK's present pre-tournament camp in Surat. Gaikwad was not only CSK's star batter last season, but he was also the best batter in the competition, scoring 635 runs and earning the team's Orange Cap.

Meanwhile, due to a right quadriceps injury, bowler Chahar is projected to miss the first part of IPL 2022. The injury occurred during the third and final T20I between Rohit Sharma's Team India and the West Indies at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Chahar, the CSK star, is expected to be away for eight weeks, according to the latest reports. While CSK waits for the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to issue a final report on Chahar's health, former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer has identified the possible substitutes for the injured bowler.

For the Powerplay overs, Jaffer feels CSK captain Dhoni can enlist the services of Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh, or Mukesh Choudhary. Jaffer commented that MS Dhoni may instil confidence in the younger, uncapped players, whether it's Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh, who bowlers for Delhi in the powerplay, or Mukesh Choudhary, a left-armer who bowls at a respectable pace. He added that these players may need some bit of momentum to bowl on the Mumbai surfaces.