IPL 2024: Worries for CSK as Mustafizur Rahman stretchered off the field due to severe cramps

Mustafizur Rahman experienced sudden body cramps in the third ODI against Sri Lanka.

Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were dealt with yet another big blow after their new signee Mustafizur Rahman was stretchered off the field owing to severe body cramps during the third ODI between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

The five-time IPL champions recruited the left-arm seamer for his base price of INR 2 crore at the IPL 2024 auction. With likes of Matheesha Pathirana and Mustafizur Rahman in the ranks, initially it looked like the pace unit is well settled.

However, CSK’s ship started to experience some chinks even before their journey as Matheesha Pathirana sustained a Grade 1 hamstring tear during the T20I series against Bangladesh. As a result, he will be out for at least 4 weeks and is expected to miss first few IPL games.

With the young paceman sidelined, attention turned towards Mustafizur Rahman. Just as when the fans thought that the Bangladesh seamer would fill injured Pathirana’s position in the starting XI, another problem started to mount as the new signee experienced sudden cramps.

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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will issue an update on Mustafizur Rahman

Everything was going so well for Mustafizur Rahman who was playing the first game of the ODI series against Sri Lanka. The left-arm seamer who came in as a replacement for Tanzim Hasan Sakib accounted for two dismissals, conceded 39 runs in 9 overs.

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Nevertheless, he was seen holding his stomach and looked in total discomfort upon finishing the 42nd over. The seamer was given the ball to bowl the 48th over but was unable to complete his full quota of overs after getting body cramps.

With Mustafizur Rahman apparently in bad shape, it is indeed terrible news to CSK who will have to tinker their plans in the next season. The defending champions will play against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the tournament opener on March 22, Friday in Chennai. It remains to be seen what the future holds in store for Mustafizur Rahman and the fans are curiously waiting for an update from the BCB.

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