The IPL’s second leg will begin on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates. The IPL will resume in 2021, with Chennai Super Kings facing off against arch-rivals Mumbai Indians. CSK, on the other hand, may have to deal with two major setbacks before the competition begins. The team’s two-star players, Faf du Plessis and Sam Curran, are both unavailable, which is causing concern.

Faf du Plessis, a South African hitter, was big part of Caribbean Premier League in the West Indies. However, due to a groin injury, he was unable to play in the last two games. He was forced out of the playing XI against Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the semifinals on Tuesday. He had previously been left out of the starting XI against Barbados in the last group stage encounter. This has raised questions regarding his fitness and availability for the remainder of the IPL season. A CSK official, on the other hand, has claimed that the team is sure that Faf du Plessis will be available for the first match.

“We are confident that Faf du Plessis will be ready to play against the Mumbai Indians in the first match. Our medical experts will evaluate him once he arrives in the UAE for the IPL 2021, but we believe the week off will have aided his recovery. Faf, along with other CSK stars Dwayne Bravo and Imran Tahir, will arrive here on Thursday (September 16),” according to a Super Kings official.

The CSK official also stated that players arriving from the CPL will not be subjected to quarantine because it is a bubble-to-bubble transfer. Curran will be required to stay in quarantine for six days. As a result, he will be unable to take command of the field for the game against the Mumbai Indians. Curran has been a key member of the team, and his efforts will be important if CSK are to continue their winning ways in the IPL’s second leg.

CSK have a few options waiting in the wings to replace Faf Du Plessis in the starting XI, and here are three players who can do so –

  • Robin Uthappa
  • Narayan Jagadeesan
  • Moeen Ali