IPL 2022 hasn’t even started and the list of possible players to miss out on has already started. Deepak Chahar who left the field limping in the game against the Windies is expected to miss some part of the IPL. As reports further reports emerge, CSK now will be keen on finding replacements for Deepak Chahar. Chahar bowls well in the powerplay. He can also give you one over or two in the middle. He has the ability to tonk the ball in the death overs. Here is a look at 5 possible replacements:
Ishant Sharma can be seen in IPL 2022:
The veteran fast bowler can be a first-choice pick for the Chennai Super Kings. He fits the criteria that Chennai looks for in their players. They back experience an individual and Ishant has a lot of it. Ishant can hit the deck hard in the powerplay overs. His nip-backers can cause big trouble to the right-handed openers. Ishant has been clocking 140 kmph consistently which gives him the extra edge.
After making a surprise debut against Sri Lanka in the 2021 series due to Covid-19, Sandeep Warrier was in talks. Unfortunately, the bowler went unsold in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. But with Deepak’s availability in question, Chennai can go for Sandeep. He is also an express-fast bowler and can hit up to 140 kmph.
Arzan Nagwaswalla can be seen in IPL 2022:
Arzan first came into talks when he was picked as a net bowler for the WTC final. The left-arm pacer comes from Gujarat. Being a left-arm pacer gives him an added dimension. He has a career economy of 6.91 and a strike rate of 14. The numbers speak volumes but a few games are also against mediocre teams. The 24-year-old from Surat can certainly replace Deepak Chahar.
Dhawal Kulkarni can be seen in IPL 2022:
There are only a few players left who have been a part of the IPL since the very first season. Dhawal Kulkarni belongs to this elite group. The pacer from Mumbai has always been around. He was an integral part of the Mumbai Indians in 2013 and won the cup alongside them. From then on, Dhawal has moved to Rajasthan Royals and has also played for Gujarat Lions. He bows in the powerplay with a good economy of 7.2. Most importantly, Dhawal is a senior player and has a lot of experience.
Ishwar Pandey/ Mohit Sharma:
Both these bowlers were once an integral part of the CSK side. Mohit Sharma was a purple cap holder. He was also a member of the 2015 Indian Cricket Team for the World Cup in Australia. Ishwar Pandey on the other hand was a part of the team back in 2014. Since then, he has been playing domestic cricket for Madhya Pradesh. We shouldn’t be surprised if, in the absence of Deepak Chahar, the Chennai team calls one of these pacers in their camp.