Big Blow For MS Dhoni’s CSK, Star Pacer Won’t Be Available Due To Visa Process

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Mustafizur Rahman is likely to miss Chennai Super Kings’ game vs SunRisers Hyderabad.© BCCI

Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman is likely to miss Chennai Super Kings (CSK)’s next IPL 2024 game against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Friday. According to ESPNcricinfo, Mustafizur has travelled back to Bangladesh to sort out his visa issue for the T20 World Cup 2024, which will be hosted by the West Indies and the USA. The T20 World Cup kicks off a few days after the IPL 2024 final on May 26. Mustafizur has been in fine form for CSK this season, claiming seven wickets in three matches. He is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.

The report also added that spinner Maheesh Theekshana is likely to replace Mustafizur in the playing XI.

During CSK last game against Delhi Capitals, Mustafizur completed 300 wickets in T20 cricket, becoming the second bowler from Bangladesh to reach the milestone.

During the match, Mustafizur was expensive with the ball, giving away 47 runs in four overs at an economy rate of 11.80. But nonetheless, he got the wicket of David Warner.

In 243 T20 matches, the Bangladeshi pacer has taken 300 wickets at an average of 21.71 and at a strike rate of 17.4. His best bowling figures are 5/22. He has taken six four-wicket hauls and three five-wicket hauls in the shortest format.

His teammate for Bangladesh and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is the fifth-highest wicket-taker in T20s, taking 482 scalps in 428 matches at an average of 21.19.

The highest wicket-taker in the shortest format of the sport is West Indies’ great Dwayne Bravo, who has taken 625 runs in 573 T20 matches at an average of 24.29, with the best bowling figures of 5/23. He has 11 four-fers and two five-wicket hauls in T20 cricket.

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CSK are currently third on the IPL 2024 points table, with two wins in three games, with both victories coming at their home base Chepauk.

They lost to DC last time out in Visakhapatnam, despite MS Dhoni scoring 20 runs in the final over.

(With ANI Inputs)

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