Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Ace speedster Deepak Chahar has been ruled out of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a hamstring injury which he sustained during an encounter against the Mumbai Indians. It is certainly a huge blow for Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Chahar was found limping off the field during the high-voltage encounter a couple of nights ago. The pacer joins Kyle Jamieson and Mukesh Choudhary in the list of pacers injured in CSK camp. Jamieson and Choudhary have already been ruled out of the current edition of the cash-rich league. However, CSK are yet to give an update on the gravity of Chahar’s injury.

Former Team India coach Ravi Shastri slammed Chahar for sustaining so many injuries at regular intervals. As per Shastri, some Indian cricketers have become permanent residents of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.

“There are quite a few Indian cricketers who have become permanent residents of the NCA. Soon they will get a residence permit there. It is not at all a good thing. It’s unreal. I mean you are not playing that much cricket to be injured again and again. You can’t even play four matches on the trot. Then why are you going to NCA for? I mean you come back and after three matches you are back there,” said the former all-rounder.

“It’s really frustrating not just for the team but also for the players, BCCI and the captains. I can understand a serious injury. But if after every four games a cricketer touches the hamstring or his groin you start thinking about what is actually going on. And some of them even don’t play any other cricket. I mean it’s just four overs and in three hours the game is over. It’s really ridiculous,” he added.

Notably, Chahar has missed so many matches due to frequent injuries in the recent past. He was also picked as a backup bowler for T20 World Cup 2022. However, his back injury returned and he was again ruled out of the mega event.