CSK's Dwayne Bravo ruled out for rest of IPL 2020
First Published 21, Oct 2020, 2:26 PM
Dwayne Bravo plays as an all-rounder for Chennai Super Kings, where he bats right-handed and is a pace bowler. He has been playing for CSK since 2011, after starting his career with Mumbai Indians, in 2008. He played for Gujarat Lions in 2016-17.
There seems to be no ending to the sufferings of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL). While they are placed at the bottom of the table, they have received a fresh setback, as prominent Windies all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo, has been ruled out due to a groin injury.
Bravo suffered the injury during CSK's last game against Delhi Capitals (DC), where he failed to bowl the final over, as the latter won the game by five wickets. Meanwhile, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan confirmed the news of Bravo being ruled out, as he would fly back home and cannot participate in the tournament this season, any further.
"No, Bravo isn't playing any more part this time around and the groin injury has ruled him out. He will be flying back in a day or two. Undoubtedly Raina and Harbhajan are both vital cogs in the CSK unit and they were missed. But, you have to respect personal decisions and that is how we function, irrespective of whether it is a senior or junior player," said Viswanathan to ANI.
Bravo has been pivotal in CSK's success, ever since he joined the side in 2011. To date, he has claimed 153 wickets in 140 matches at an economy of 8.40. This season, he had claimed six from six at 8.57. With the bat, his has to date scored 1,490 at an average of 22.57.
With just four league games to go, it is unlikely that CSK would rope in a replacement for him. Meanwhile, it is being assumed that the side would now give a chance to deadly South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who has not played many games this season, owing to conditional reasons.
The spinners have been unimpressive this season, so far. However, with the pitches starting to crack, they could come in handy in this latter phase of the tournament. While CSK's other spinners, like Piyush Chawla, Karn Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja, have been ineffective, Tahir could provide some relief, owing to his knack of claiming wickets on any given track.
CSK have so far played 10 games, losing seven and winning just three. They play their next game against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on Friday, as the latter are placed in the second spot.