Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have announced West Indian all-rounder, Dominic Drakes, as the replacement for the injured Sam Curran. The 23-year-old English all-rounder, Curran, sustained a lower back injury that ruled him out of the remainder of the IPL 2021 season as well as the T20 World Cup.
Drakes will be part of the CSK setup until the end of the league in October. He is an uncapped West Indian player who is slowly becoming the talk of the town at the first-class level. Drakes has played 25 List-A matches and 19 T20 matches in his short career so far.
Earlier it was announced that CSK needed to announce the replacement before they play their final league match against Punjab Kings (PBKS). They started looking at the possible options and reports mentioned they had Sheldon Cottrell and Ravi Rampaul along with Drakes in their list.
It has now been confirmed that Drakes has been given his maiden IPL contract. He will have a chance to play alongside Windies legend, Dwayne Bravo, and pick up on a few things. Whether he gets a chance to play in the playoffs is yet to be seen.
CSK looking shaky in the latter half of the IPL 2021 season
After a fabulous start to the UAE leg, CSK has started to falter. They won four games on the trot after arriving in the Arab nation but have lost their last two matches. They were put to the sword by a rampaging Rajasthan Royals (RR) batting lineup on the flattest track seen so far.
They were then brushed aside by table-toppers, Delhi Capitals, in the battle for supremacy. Although it went down to the wire, DC managed to hold their nerve and complete the rare double over Mumbai Indians and Chennai. MS Dhoni and co. need to win their final game against PBKS on Thursday to confirm a top-two slot.