Deepak Chahar became the most expensive bowler at the mega auction that concluded in Bangalore recently. Chennai Super Kings released the fast bowler ahead of the auction. However, they went all out to recruit the seamer’s services for the next season.
The four-time IPL champions purchased his services for a record Rs 14 crore at the auction. Chahar who was part of the T20I series against West Indies sustained a right hamstring injury during the third and final T20I at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
He picked up two early wickets, dismissing Kyle Mayers and Shai Hope for cheap scores. However, things turned worse for the pacer when he picked up an untimely injury during the game. As a result, he walked off the turf to get himself treated quickly.
Deepak Chahar ruled out of the T20I series against Sri Lanka
Meanwhile, in the latest development, it has now been confirmed that Deepak Chahar has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. Earlier, reports were rife that Chahar is a doubtful starter for the series.
Now, a senior BCCI official confirmed the development that Chahar is ruled out of the T20I series. The BCCI official, on the condition of anonymity, added that Chahar will complete his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
“He is ruled out of the series and will complete his rehab at NCA,” said a BCCI official. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings are a tad concerned about Deepak Chahar’s injury status as they expect the seamer to be fit before the start of the IPL, which is likely to be held in the last week of March.
“The team has sought no replacement as vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah is already in the side,” the official added. The first T20I will be held at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow on February 24.
The next two T20Is will be held in Dharamsala on February 26 and 27 respectively. Apart from Deepak Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav has been ruled out due to a hairline fracture on his hand. He has been declared unfit for the upcoming series.
India’s T20I squad against Sri Lanka:
Rohit Sharma (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Avesh Khan.