Former Indian opener, Aakash Chopra reckons that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be in sudden need of a couple of replacements after Harbhajan Singh became the 2nd CSK player after Suresh Raina to make himself unavailable for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. On Friday, Harbhajan revealed he pulled out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons.
Harbhajan has asked his fans and followers for some privacy, saying he wants to spend time with his family during these ‘difficult times’. Earlier, Raina had also withdrawn, due to personal reasons. Aakash Chopra reckons that after Harbhajan’s unavailability, CSK can be in deep trouble. MS Dhoni’s men will be without their vice-captain and a senior spinner, who is on the 3rd spot of all-time wicket-takers in the IPL.
Talking about the same, Chopra had tweeted: “Harbhajan’s decision to pull out of the #IPL is a big bolt for #CSK. Once again, like in Raina’s case, we must respect his privacy. If he wants to share the reasons, he would. No speculation please. Meanwhile, #CSK might need a replacement or two now….(sic).”
Harbhajan’s decision to pull out of the #IPL is a big bolt for #CSK. Once again, like in Raina’s case, we must respect his privacy. If he wants to share the reasons, he would. No speculation please. 🙏
Meanwhile, #CSK might need a replacement or two now….
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 4, 2020
Aakash Chopra urged the fans and members of the cricket fraternity for not speculating anything after Harbhajan called for privacy. His comments come after Raina neglected the reports of him having a rift with the team. The southpaw had decided to come back to India after arriving in the UAE along with a batch of the CSK team, led by MS Dhoni on August 21.
CSK also suffered a huge blow when their 13 members, including 2 players, tested positive for Covid-19 during their mandatory 6-day quarantine period in Dubai. However, CSK had, later on, went on to confirm that all their other members tested negative for the virus in the 2 additional tests conducted in Dubai.
The Chennai-based franchise hit the nets on Friday as they became the last team to do so. CSK are likely to take on Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2020 opener, scheduled to be commencing on September 19.