Ahead of their fourth encounter in IPL 2019 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) scheduled to start later in the day, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have suffered a massive injury blow. CSK all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has been ruled out for two weeks due to a Grade 1 hamstring tear. In four matches, Bravo has claimed 7 wickets at an impressive average of 16.29.
It’s going to cause a little bit of rejigging
CSK’s batting coach Michael Hussey confirmed the development during the pre-match press conference. Hussey revealed that Bravo’s injury will surely need some regrouping. However, he also mentioned that he is confident of putting together a very strong team in the upcoming matches. Hussey also reckoned that Bravo’s absence is a big loss for them, but also stated that the team has already dealt with such injury blows in the past.
"It's going to cause a little bit of rejigging of the team but I am sure we are going to be able to put together a very strong team. It's a big loss but we have had these challenges in the past. Let's hope we can do this again," said Michael Hussey.
We will assess his death bowling skills
Bravo’s primary role in the Super Kings team is to handle the death bowling duties. Hussey noted that CSK skipper MS Dhoni and head coach Stephen Fleming will be looking to try out Kiwi fast bowler Scott Kuggeleijn as the new death bowler. The former Australian batting great also noted that the likes of Shardul Thakur and Mohit Sharma can do the job at the death.
"I am sure MS [Dhoni] and [Stephen] Fleming will be looking at Scott Kuggeleijn and assessing his death bowling skills. We've got Shardul [Thakur]. Mohit [Sharma] can bowl at the death as well. It's about assessing the conditions. If it's turning, I think one of the spinners can bowl at the death. I am sure there will be a lot of strategic thinking and it's a key area of the game," the CSK batting coach added.
Bravo’s injury has added to the growing list of injuries which have hit CSK in this tournament. Earlier South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi got ruled out of the entire tournament due to injury, while David Wiley pulled out of the competition because of the birth of his second child. Kuggeleijn joined the CSK camp just last week as Ngidi’s replacement.