Chennai Super Kings might put their best foot forward in IPL 2021, considering the practice, they are undergoing in the training sessions. Chennai Super Kings’ decision to recruit Afghanistan bowler Fazhalhaq Farooqi to help them in net practices might bode well for the seniors, who have had minimal game time ahead of the lucrative T20 tournament. Fazhalhaq Farooqi, who made his international debut last month, bowled with searing pace to leave some of the seasoned or experienced IPL batsmen clueless.
Fazhalhaq Farooqi, who was part of Afghanistan’s U-19 World Cup team in 2020, impressed in the game against South Africa in the tournament. Ahead of IPL 2021, the 20-year old bowled at a breakneck pace, something which the likes of Robin Uthappa and other Super Kings’ batsmen could barely handle. Along with Farooqi, the three-time champions also roped in Noor Ahmed to become their net bowler.
Below is the clip of the Afghanistan Pacer Fazhalhaq Farooqi troubling the Indian batsmen:
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Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings have already faced a plethora of hurdles leading to the 14th season of the marquee T20 competition. The yellow army have to quickly find a replacement player for Josh Hazlewood, who pulled out of the tournament at the last minute. Reportedly, the franchise approached Reece Topley and Billy Stanlake; however, both of them refused due to the rising COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, where the team is currently based.
Furthermore, one of their contingents tested positive for COVID-19 almost a day ago. As far as IPL as a whole is concerned, three players in Nitish Rana, Devdutt Padikkal, and Axar Patel tested positive for the deadly virus along with eight groundstaff at the Wankhede Stadium, further spoiling the party.