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“It might be frustrating at times” – Mitchell Santner on lack of playing time at CSK

Mitchell Santner has played just 16 games in his six seasons at CSK.

Chennai Super Kings’ left-arm orthodox spinner Mitchell Santner gave his honest reaction on his lack of playing time. The 32-year-old who has played just 1 game for CSK in IPL 2024 openly confessed that he has been left frustrated for warming the bench most of the time.

His solitary appearance came against Punjab Kings in the team’s recent encounter in Dharamshala. He brought the best out of himself by containing runs in the game. Besides that, he also took the prized wicket of Shashank Singh.

The New Zealand international registered 1/10 in three overs at an economy of 3.30. Santner who was not given a chance to play in the first 10 games for CSK let his ball do the talking in the game against PBKS when it mattered the most.

The spinner stated that he is trying his maximum best to remain focused especially when he is not playing. Furthermore, he added that he is absolutely trying to help the other players in training and during the game time.

“Yeah, I guess that’s the challenge of not playing all the time. It might be frustrating at times but I think, it’s trying to stay focused if you are not playing. What I try to do is help the other boys out, whether it’s at training or during the game. I even have conversations with people,” Mitchell Santner was quoted as saying by CSK’s official website.

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If it is only two games, I’m going to try my best for those games: Mitchell Santner

Although it might be frustrating for him due to lack of game time at CSK, he is determined to give his best even if he plays only two games for the franchise. “And then I guess when you do get your opportunity, it’s not letting the team down, it’s making sure you are ready for that whenever it comes,” he added.

“It’s such a long tournament. So, if it is only 2 games, I am going to try my best for those 2 games. If it’s cooler, if it’s not, I am happy it’s all about the team’s success for me,” the spinner stated.

For the record, the five-time champions acquired him for INR 50 lakh in the auction for the IPL 2018 season. Having been a part of the team for six editions now, he has only played just 16 matches. Overall, he has bagged 14 wickets at an economy of 6.69.

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