Legendary batsman of South Africa and Chennai Super Kings Opener Faf du Plessis is battling a groin injury ahead of the start of the second leg of IPL 2021. Everyone knows that du Plessis has been one of the key players at the top of the order for Chennai Super. For the team, he scored 320 runs in 7 matches at an average of 64 in the first leg of this season in India. He has formed a fine opening pair with young batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad.
However, the injury has left a huge question mark on his availability for the rest of the IPL matches to be held in the UAE and it will certainly be a major setback for Chennai. By the way, let us tell you that there are some options to play in the team instead of Faf, which we will talk about today.
These three players can replace Faf du Plessis
1. Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa has been one of the top run-scorers in IPL history. The veteran batsman has immense experience in the IPL to replace Faf du Plessis. Uthappa has been transferred from Rajasthan Royals to Chennai Super Kings ahead of the IPL 2021 auction but he is yet to make his debut for the team, so this is the right time for him.
Uthappa was in excellent form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this year and was expected to get a chance for CSK after a poor season last year. However, the impressive young Gaekwad’s batting had kept Uthappa out of the playing XI so far and Uthappa certainly deserves a chance. Let us inform that Uthappa has played 189 IPL matches, in which he has scored 4609 runs with an impressive strike rate of 130.