CSK all-rounder Moeen Ali becomes latest player to join worrying injured list
England cricketer Moeen Ali is the latest Chennai Super Kings (CSK) superstar to pick up an injury in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season. According to a report by ESPN Cricinfo, the 34-year-old versatile player injured his ankle during a training session on Saturday and will probably miss a few games. He was sent off from CSK playing XI for their game against Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 21, followed by CSK’s game against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Monday.
After winning the draw against PBKS skipper Mayank Agarwal at Wankhede Stadium on Monday, CSK skipper Ravindra Jadeja has informed that they continue with an unchanged squad since the last game. Although he hasn’t spoken about the all-rounder, it is understood that Moeen will take time to recover from his foot injury. Meanwhile, CSK have already lost their most expensive purchase at the IPL 2022 mega auction, Deepak Chahar and pacemaker Adam Milne due to injuries. If Moeen fails to recover in time, CSK may face another blow to their current campaign.
How did Moeen Ali perform for CSK in IPL 2022?
Moeen was retained by CSK for a fee of Rs 8 crore ahead of the 2022 IPL auction, due to his stellar form during the 2021 season. However, this year the England cricketer joined the team late due to visa issues and missed the team’s first two games. He scored 87 points in five games for CSK averaging 17.40 which includes his best score of 48 points against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Meanwhile, Moeen has been unable to pick up any wickets this year, having lost eight times and conceding 68 runs.
Where does CSK stand in the IPL 2022 points table ahead of the PBKS game?
Meanwhile, CSK face PBKS in match no. 38 of the tournament, looking to build on the winning streak they have gained in recent games. CSK won their first game of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 12, having started the season with four successive defeats. The team lost their next game to Gujarat Titans by a narrow margin, before securing their second victory on April 21. CSK beat Mumbai Indians by three wickets on April 21 and rejuvenated their campaign.
For the match against PBKS on Monday, CSK still have a solid squad at their helm, bolstered by the mix of experienced campaigners, alongside exciting youngsters. Robin Uthappa, Shivam Dube, Mukhesh Choudhary, Dwyane Bravo, MS Dhoni and Maheesh Theeksana are among the players who have helped the team make a strong comeback. That said, here’s a look at CSK’s XI for the match against PBKS in Wankhede.
CSK playing XI against PBKS: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Santner, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Dwaine Pretorius, Mukesh Choudhary, Maheesh Theekshana.