IPL 2021: South Africa’s Hardus Viljoen Joins Chennai Super Kings As A Net Bowler

Published - 21 Mar 2021, 03:50 PM | Updated - 21 Mar 2021, 03:52 PM

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Hardus Viljeon. (Photo: BCCI)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be the franchise, on whom all the eyes will be on, given that they had one of the worst seasons in IPL 2020, as they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in a decade they were part of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The MS Dhoni-led CSK team has won the IPL in 2010, 2011, and 2018 and was the first team to win the IPL title twice in a row. However, they had struggled for consistency throughout the IPL 2020, which began with Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, their two most experienced campaigners pulling out of the tournament.

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MS Dhoni during practice session. (Photo: PTI)

With 6 wins from 14 games, the MS Dhoni-led side finished at the seventh spot in the eight-team competition. At one stage, it looked like they would finish at the bottom of the table, but they managed three consecutive wins to avoid the wooden spoon at the end of the tournament.

Hardus Viljoen Joins As Net Bowler For CSK Ahead Of IPL 2021

CSK became the first team to organize their pre-IPL 2021 camp which began on March 9 in the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, and other players of the team assembled in Chennai to start the preparation for IPL 2021.

Chennai’s side had previously roped in two bowlers from Sri Lanka previously, Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana, who was added to the side as reserve players. Now it has been seen that the South Africa fast bowler Hardus Viljoen has also joined the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise as a net bowler.


South Africa fast bowler Hardus Viljoen as net bowler for CSK (Photo- Twitter)

In a recent video released by the franchise, Hardus Viljoen was seen bowling to the CSK batsmen. Hardus Viljoen had registered himself for this year’s IPL auction at a base price of Rs 50 lakh but his name was not called up during the auction. Hardus Viljoen has played the IPL formerly as part of the Punjab Kings franchise.

The IPL 2021 begins on April 9 onwards and Chennai Super Kings will play their first match against Delhi Capitals on April 10 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The tournament will be played across six cities- Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Bengaluru.

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