Chennai Super Kings face a setback with Matheesha Pathirana’s injury, potentially requiring Mustafizur Rahman to fill the void as they aim to dominate in the death overs.

Chennai Super Kings’ bowling coach Dwayne Bravo expressed their ambition to excel in death overs, aiming for the best bowling team title. However, concerns arise as Sri Lankan bowler Matheesha Pathirana’s absence, expected for four to five weeks due to injury, will sideline him for CSK’s initial matches.

A senior CSK official mentioned the necessity to coordinate with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to determine Pathirana’s availability, acknowledging him as a key asset despite such setbacks being part of the game.

With the T20 World Cup looming, SLC is likely to adopt a cautious approach in clearing Pathirana for IPL duties.

“We have to talk to SLC to know when he will be available. He is one of our premier bowlers, but these things happen,” a senior CSK official told TOl.

Matheesha Pathirana’s role in Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) previous title win highlights his significance, especially for his knack of taking wickets in crucial death overs. However, CSK has strengthened their options this year, with senior Bangladesh paceman Mustafizur Rahman emerging as a crucial backup.

Rahman’s skill in varying pace and bowling cutters could be invaluable, particularly on slower Chepauk tracks. Scheduled to join the camp on March 20, Rahman’s readiness will be evaluated ahead of CSK’s opener against RCB, ensuring they have a capable replacement.

Last Updated on March 16, 2024

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