Chennai Super Kings’ treatment of Imran Tahir in the ongoing Indian Premier League has been quite baffling. The South Africa star had finished IPL 2019 as the highest wicket-taker, picking up an impressive 26 wickets from 17 games to help CSK make it to the final.
However, he is yet to play in IPL 2020. CSK have already played eight games this season and Imran Tahir has warmed the bench in all of them. What is even more baffling is that the team-management has not included the spinner in the playing eleven so far despite the team’s struggles on the field.
Since winning the purple cap in IPL 2019, the veteran leg-spinner has played a remarkable 52 T20s and has done really well while playing across the globe. In last year’s CPL, he was the second highest wicket-taker while he finished this year’s season as the third highest wicket-taker.
Imran Tahir also topped the charts in the 2019 Mzansi Super League, was fifth in the 2020 PSL, and sixth in the 2019 Vitality Blast. But CSK team-management has surprisingly decided to bench him so far.
CSK CEO on Imran Tahir:
Well, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan has delivered an update on the team’s plan for the veteran. He has insisted that a playing XI spot is round the corner for the Proteas star.
Explaining the reason behind Imran Tahir not getting a game so far, Viswanathan said that the conditions on offer in the UAE have forced the team management to go in with two foreign batsmen and fast bowling all-rounders. With this update, Viswanathan has all but ruled out any possibility of a mid-season transfer for the spinner.
“He will definitely come into the picture as we go ahead. Right now, with the conditions on offer, the team composition has been planned with two foreigners at the top as pure batsmen and then two pace bowling all-rounders.
“But he will come in with the wickets starting to take turn in the second half. You have the 4-foreigner restriction so you always plan according to the conditions on offer,” Viswanathan told ANI.