Dwayne Bravo, the Chennai Tremendous Kings’ designated demise bowler and highest wicket-taker in T20 cricket, is injured once more and can miss a “few days or a few weeks,” in accordance with their head coach Stephen Fleming.
Fleming revealed that Bravo had sustained a groin harm, which was critical sufficient to maintain him off the sphere, and therefore he could not bowl the ultimate over towards the Delhi Capitals in Sharjah. Within the injury-enforced absence of Bravo, Dhoni tasked Ravindra Jadeja with the duty of defending 16 off the final over, however centurion Shikhar Dhawan and Axar Patel sealed the chase with a ball to spare, handing the Tremendous Kings their sixth defeat in 9 video games.
“He appears to have a proper groin harm, I believe, and it was clearly critical sufficient to maintain him off the sphere,” Fleming mentioned on the post-match press convention. “He is clearly desperately upset that he could not bowl the final over – that is what he is just about within the workforce for. He must be reassessed going ahead, however at this stage you’d think about it is going to take a number of days or a few weeks, however we are going to assess that tomorrow.”
Bravo had turned up for the IPL within the UAE with a special harm – a knee drawback suffered throughout the CPL – and missed the Tremendous Kings’ first three video games. He did not bowl within the CPL remaining due to that harm and as an alternative performed as a specialist batsman for the Trinbago Knight Riders. Throughout their first three video games, the Tremendous Kings used quick bowlers Lungi Ngidi and Josh Hazlewood, however then Bravo returned to the XI towards the Sunrisers Hyderabad and has since been a part of the aspect.
Bravo impressed together with his yorkers and slower variations within the Tremendous Kings’ return fixture towards the Sunrisers and the Kolkata Knight Riders, offering extra depth to each the bowling assault and the batting line-up. In six matches up to now in IPL 2020, Bravo has bowled 14 yorkers, in accordance with ESPNcricinfo’s ball-by-ball information. Solely Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah (19) and Sunrisers’ T Natarajan (40) have bowled extra yorkers than Bravo within the event.
Bravo’s harm depletes a Tremendous Kings squad that’s already with out two different first-choice gamers in Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, who had each opted out of the event for private causes. Nonetheless, Bravo’s absence may open up a spot for Imran Tahir, who was the very best wicket-taker in IPL 2019, with 26 strikes at an financial system price of 6.69. Tahir was additionally the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ highest wicket-taker within the CPL, with 15 scalps at an financial system price of 5.82 from 10 video games.
New Zealand spin-bowling allrounder Mitchell Santner is the opposite abroad possibility for the Tremendous Kings. Tahir and Santner are the one abroad gamers to haven’t performed for the Tremendous Kings this season. With the UAE tracks tiring within the second half of the IPL, the Tremendous Kings will look to considered one of these two spinners to fill the Bravo-sized gap.
The Tremendous Kings’ subsequent match is towards the Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi on Monday.