Chennai Super Kings(CSK) all-rounder and former skipper Ravindra Jadeja recently missed the last game against Delhi Capitals citing an injury. It seems the Yellow Army might have suffered a major blow. It turns out that Ravindra Jadeja might be ruled out of the remainder of the campaign at a time when CSK are left with three more matches that needs to be won to keep their IPL playoff qualifications hopes alive.
Ravindra Jadeja might not take a risk
Jadeja did not feature in CSK’s thrashing win against DC after the allrounder seemed to have injured his arm while fielding during the team’s game against Royal Challenges Bangalore. Shivam Dube had replaced the spin-bowling allrounder against DC.
A report in Times of India stated, “The CSK camp assessed his injury for the last couple of days but it hasn’t exactly got better”. The report further stated that CSK may not risk Jadeja further in the tournament knowing that they do have a very narrow chance of qualifying to the playoffs from here on.
Ravindra Jadeja also had a forgettable run in the 2022 edition. He has managed to tally only five wickets in the 10 matches he has played so far. This reported break could be used to his advantage as he has been out of form. The time off could be used well ahead of India’s home series against South Africa series and the subsequent England tour. His poor performance in IPL 2022 has already put question marks over his place in India’s 2022 T20 World Cup Squad, to be held later this year.
CSK will be up against already eliminated Mumbai Indians on Thursday followed by games against Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals.
With Gujarat Titans already qualified for the playoffs and Mumbai Indians eliminated, eight teams are now contending for the remaining three playoff spots. Lucknow Super Giants with 16 points are firm favourites to book a play as they would need just one more win from their remaining two games to do that.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals – both with 14 points – and 4 points clear of their nearest competitors DC, SRH, KKR and PBKS – all of whom have 10 points each. While RR have three games remaining, RCB have two. KKR are also left with two games in the league while the rest have three games remaining.