Chennai Super Kings franchise have signed Barbarian cricketer Dominic Drakes as injury replacement of Sam Curran for the remainder IPL 2021.
Curran was ruled out of the remaining season of IPL as well as from the upcoming T20 World Cup tournament due to a lower back injury he sustained during an IPL game. Therefore, Drakes will be with the CSK side for the remaining UAE leg of IPL. He was already with the side as a net bowler hence, he won’t have to serve any mandatory quarantine.
CSK have already qualified for the playoffs and it only remains to be seen whether the side gives debut cap to Dominic or not. He can be handy with both bat and ball, therefore, he could also get chance in the playing XI in the fixture against Punjab Kings.
Drakes, 23, is a left-handed batsman and a left-arm pacer with a brief experience of playing in the first class matches and List A matches. He has also played for the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
Dominic first hogged the limelight after finishing as the third highest wicket-taker in the 2021 season of CPL with 16 wickets on his name. He played for St. Nevis & Patriots and contributed with both bat and ball for the side including the crucial knock of 48* off 24 deliveries in the finals.
The 23-year-old helped the Patriots lift the title by hitting the match-winning knock after the side was struggling at 95/5 in 13.5 overs against St Lucia Kings. He was also adjudged player of the match for his valorous knock. He has picked 20 wickets in 19 matches so far and scored 153 runs at a strike rate of 159.37.
Form concerns for Curran:
Meanwhile, Curran played just two games for the CSK and had a nightmarish outing both the times. He conceded 56 runs and 55 runs in the matches against Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals respectively going wicketless.
He will now miss both the IPL 2021 and T20 World Cup which also hit the England national team ahead of the marquee tournament next month.
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