The UAE-leg of the IPL 2021 that will take place in just couple of days has already grabbed the attention of every fan across the globe. The Indian Premier League has never been short of entertainment and unsurprisingly there was no shortage of entertainment in the first leg of the tournament and it is expected that the second phase of the cash-rich league will be more enthralling and excited. The UAE-leg of the tournament will begin with an EL- Classico of IPL between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings with a summit clash set to be played on 15th October.
With just two days away from the commencement of the second phase of the IPL 2021, Chennai Super Kings have to play the first match of the second leg without their star all-rounder Sam Curran.
The English all-rounder, who was a part of the Test series between England and India, arrived in UAE on Wednesday (15th September) and will remain in the isolation for 6 days as per the protocols, which says that people arriving from the UK have to undergo 6 days of isolation, which further rules him out of the first match against Mumbai Indians.
The unavailability of Sam Curran will leave a massive void in CSK’s lineup as since last year he has been one of the mainstays for his team. The rounder scored 186 runs and took 13 wickets last season. He again was impactful for the Ms Dhoni-led side in the first leg of the season as he amassed 52 runs with the bat and scalped 9 wickets. With Curran not being available, it remains to be seen who will don CSK’s jersey this season.
Chennai Super Kings didn’t have a great start to their IPL 2021 campaign as they were thumped by Delhi Capitals in the first match of the season. However, after that MS Dhoni-led side staged a great comeback then won five matches on the trot.
So far in the season, in 7 matches, the Chennai based franchise has won 5 matches and are placed second on the points table with 10 points in their bag. They are one of the favourites to qualify for the playoffs and skipper MS Dhoni would be eyeing his fourth trophy as a skipper.