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IPL 2019: CSK all-rounder David Willey pulls out of this edition

Prior to this, CSK also lost Lungi Ngidi.

David Willey
David Willey of Yorkshire. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has been a formidable unit in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Men in Yellow are the defending champions and a lot would be expected of them. The renowned team, captained by the evergreen MS Dhoni, won the opening two matches and are second on the points table. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are above them on the basis of a superior Net Run Rate (NRR).

Amidst some great cricket, CSK has also been going through some injury concerns. Prior to this season, they lost Lungi Ngidi, the South African fast bowler, who injured himself during the ODI series against Sri Lanka earlier this month. Now, the franchise has been jolted with another body blow as David Willey, the English fast-bowling all-rounder has pulled out of the IPL as per reports in Cricbuzz.

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It has been learned that the 28-year-old has opted to stay back home for the birth of his second child. He had initially delayed his trip to India but had to cancel the plan altogether. He was brought as a replacement last year after he went unsold in the auction at a base price of INR 2 crore.

Kedar Jadhav injured himself after the opening match against Mumbai Indians (MI) following which the Northampton-born was ruled out owing to a hamstring injury. The southpaw only ended up playing only three games in the season and picked up two wickets at an economy rate of 9.5.

After Ngidi and Willey’s exit, CSK is only left with six foreign cricketers to choose from. Their replacements haven’t been announced yet by the three-time IPL-winning champion. Willey is reportedly in Leeds, honing his skills with Yorkshire, his county side in English domestic cricket. As far as CSK is concerned, their next match is against Rajasthan Royals on March 31.

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