Deepak Chahar and Mayank Yadav unlikely to play again in IPL 2024


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Deepak Chahar injured his hamstring in CSK's last match - against PBKS

Deepak Chahar injured his hamstring in CSK's last match – against PBKS © BCCI

Deepak Chahar and Mayank Yadav may have played their last matches of this Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Both suffered injuries mid-season and their further participation in their respective teams' remaining matches is doubtful.

“Deepak's injury is not looking good. I won't say he is ruled out of the season but I doubt it,” said Kasi Viswanathan, CEO of Chennai Super Kings about their new ball bowler, who pulled his hamstring. Chahar bowled just two deliveries before running out of the field in his last match, against Punjab Kings at the Chepauk.

The Chennai team will face PBKS again in their next match in Dharamshala on Sunday afternoon and Chahar, a 14-crore acquisition, did not travel to the Himachal city. “He stayed in Chennai,” Viswanathan confirmed. “We are waiting for a report from the medical team.”

After Wednesday's final match, coach Stephen Fleming said the situation with Chahar was not good. “Deepak Chahar doesn't look good. (The) initial feeling wasn't great, so I'm hoping for a more positive report when the physio and doctor take a look at it,” the Neo had said -Zealanders Wednesday.

CSK also has other players with fitness issues. Tushar Deshpande has the flu but he traveled to Dharamshala as did Matheesha Pathirana, who also missed the last match like Deshpande due to an issue. “We will know their availability only on Sunday,” the CSK CEO said.

After a good start to the season, Chennai suffered defeats in three of the last four matches, including back-to-back setbacks against Lucknow Super Giants. They have 10 points from 10 matches and occupy the fifth position in the points table. They need at least three wins in the remaining games and the injury worries may have come at the wrong time.

Mayank, likewise, left Lucknow's last match, after bowling 3.1 overs and sources claim that the side strain that caused him to fall for a few matches, before he was drafted in for the match against the Mumbai Indians on April 30, resurfaced. Mayank's express pace first became the talk of the town during the IPL and so much so that he was mooted as a potential candidate for the Indian team for the Twenty20 Cup. But fitness issues have put a damper on his progress and there is serious doubt over whether he will feature further at LSG this season.

Lucknow are on 12 points and need at least two more wins from their remaining four matches to ensure their qualification for the playoffs. They will next play against Knight Riders on Sunday.

© cricbuzz

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