In what can be a huge setback for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ahead of the second half of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021), their experienced opener Faf Du Plessis of South Africa suffered an injury ahead of his team St Lucia Kings’ encounter against the Barbados Royals in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021).
Chennai Super Kings have already reached UAE to set up their training camp ahead of the IPL 2021 resumption which will be played in venues like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah and their remaining players involved in the CPL 2021 were to join them after the end of the tournament, which included Faf du Plessis.
The former South African captain, who retired from Tests earlier this year, has been with the Chennai Super Kings from the start, apart from a short stint for Rising Pune Supergiant, when the CSK team was suspended from the Indian Premier League.
Faf Du Plessis Misses The CPL Encounter Against Barbados Royals Due To Injury
Du Plessis had been one of the most consistent players in the Indian Premier League and his record suggests the same. He has 2622 runs in 91 matches at an average of 34.96 and a strike rate of 131.03. His highest score is 96 and he has hit 86 sixes and 234 fours in his career. He also has 59 catches to his name.
Faf was the shining light for CSK who had a poor season in 2020 when they were knocked out of the playoffs for the very first time in IPL history, as he made 446 runs with 4 fifties including the highest score of 87* at a strike rate of 140.75. Even in the first half of the IPL 2021, he has 320 runs in 7 matches with the best of 95* at an average of 64.00 and a strike rate of 145.45.
However, there will be a question mark over his participation in the second half of the IPL 2021, after it was revealed that he suffered a groin injury before the 28th match of the CPL 2021 between St Lucia Kings and Barbados Royals. Stand-in captain of the Kings, Andre Fletcher revealed at the toss that Faf will miss this match and possibly others as well after a groin injury had occurred. He is in terrific form for the Kings, having scored a brilliant unbeaten century in a match previously.
It remains to be seen whether Faf du Plessis recovers in time for the IPL 2021, but this development might surely have put the MS Dhoni-led side in some tension.