Chennai Super Kings have made a stunning start to their comeback season. In the first two games, they have beaten two of the most successful teams in the league – Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.
In the season-opener, they beat defending champions Mumbai Indians by 1 wicket. In the following game, they got the better of Knight Riders in a high-scoring thriller. However, their brilliant start to the season has been marred by two huge setbacks. After the first game, news of Kedar Jadhav being ruled out of entire season with an injury. However, they managed to recover from the setback, thanks to Sam Billings. The England star produced a batting masterclass against the Knight Riders.
But before their third game, the Super Kings received another huge setback. Their talismanic batsman Suresh Raina is set to miss the next couple of games with a calf injury. Raina could not do much in the first two games but his presence on the field is always a positive for the Super Kings. The fact that he has not missed a single Super Kings match in IPL pretty much sums up his importance. However, the franchise will now have to look for an alternative..
And the one name that can replace Raina is none other than Murali Vijay. The India Test opener’s limited-overs reputation has taken a beating in recent times but he still seems the apt candidate to replace Raina. Vijay is well aware of the Super Kings’ culture, having been an integral part of the team in the early years. Moreover, he will be keen to prove himself and can do wonders if he gets opportunities.
And in case, Vijay plays the upcoming games, Super Kings can demote Ambati Rayudu at number three. As a result, Vijay will partner Shane Watson at the top of the order.
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