IPL 2021: Big Boost for CSK – Faf du Plessis set to join Dhoni’s team in UAE, declares himself fit to return to action

CSK vs MI in IPL 2021: Big boost for CSK, Faf du Plessis fit to play against Mumbai Indians, confirms CSK CEO
CSK vs MI in IPL 2021: Big boost for CSK, Faf du Plessis fit to play against Mumbai Indians, confirms CSK CEO

IPL 2021: CSK opener Faf du Plessis set to join CSK in UAE: Good news for MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings days ahead of the second leg of IPL 2021 in UAE. Recently, CSK’s opening batsman Faf du Plessis hinted at his return to the yellow brigade for the remaining matches of the tournament as per CSK’s recent social media post. The update further deliberated on his concussion injury and mentioned that he is recovering well and is almost at the end of recovery.

I didn’t expect it to take this long and I also didn’t expect it to be quite as severe. But I feel like I am at the end of it, which really is pleasing for myself,” read CSK’s recent post on social media.

The Proteas player who had suffered a concussion during the PSL in June ruled him out of cricketing action for three months. Following his injury, du Plessis was forced to miss The Hundred where he was to lead the Northern Superchargers.

Currently, du Plessis is engaged in the CPL 2021 campaign where he will lead the Saint Lucia Kings. After the CPL, du Plessis will reunite with the Chennai Super Kings for the second half of the IPL season in UAE.

“I think our squad at Chennai is better balanced for the Dubai leg than it was for the previous [half of] IPL,” he told ESPNCricinfo. “Second thing [is that] we had been playing some really good cricket in the first half of the IPL, so I hope that form is something that can hopefully continue – similar to myself, [I] had a really strong first half of the IPL. So I’d like to continue [from] where I left off. But for now, it is just about getting back to playing cricket.
IPL 2021: Faf du Plessis’s stint with bat for Chennai Super Kings

Du Plessis’ participation in the second leg of IPL 2021 is of paramount importance to CSK as the South African is a vital cog in MS Dhoni’s plans with the franchise. The 37-year-old, who opens the batting for the three-time champions has been supremely consistent for the franchise since their return in 2018 and enjoyed a purple patch during Phase 1.

In the seven games for CSK earlier this year, Du Plessis scored 320 runs at a strike rate of 145.45 and was the third-highest run-getter before the tournament was suspended due to the pandemic. One of the most experienced heads in the squad, the 37-year-old veteran is invaluable to the CSK set-up and will be hoping for a swift recovery.

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