It was earlier reported that Deepak Chahar, who sustained an injury during the West Indies series, will miss out on the majority of the tournament. However, as per the latest reports, it has been understood that Chahar will be available to play from mid-April, which is good news as he will still be able to play a significant number of matches for Chennai.
The 29-year old suffered a quadriceps injury during the third T20 against West Indies in February. He stopped in between the run-up of his 2nd over and hobbled off the field. He looked in a lot of trouble as he was taken off the field. Chahar could not continue in the match.
According to the Times of India (TOI), Deepak Chahar will not undergo surgery and should be available mid-way through April to play for Chennai. Chahar is currently doing rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
The pacer was the second-highest buy in the mega auction. This was the first time that Chennai paid over 10 crores at the auction in the Indian T20 League’s history. They looked keen on having him as he was a hot buy. A few other teams wanted to have him on their side as well. Delhi, in particular, was adamant about having him.
Meanwhile, Chennai will play in the season opener against Kolkata on the 26th of March. The defending champions have been placed in the Group B of the tournament. Hyderabad, Bangalore, Punjab, and Gujarat are the other teams in Group B.
Chennai has already begun its training sessions in Surat. The reason behind choosing Surat for training is that the conditions are similar to that of Maharashtra. Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Pune will host the Indian T20 League this season. The Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, DY Patil Stadium, and the MCA Stadium are the four venues.