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Matheesha Pathirana

IPL 2024: Sri Lanka’s Matheesha Pathirana reaches Chennai, will join CSK squad soon

Matheesha Pathirana, the talented Sri Lankan bowler, has been on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury he suffered during a T20I match against Bangladesh. This unfortunate incident led to him missing the Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) season opener against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB). However, there’s good news for CSK fans as Pathirana’s return is imminent, which could significantly boost the team’s bowling department, especially during the crucial death overs.

Amila Kalugalage, his manager, has confirmed his arrival

His manager, Amila Kalugalage, has confirmed Pathirana’s arrival in Chennai, indicating that he will soon join the CSK squad. Kalugalage even shared a photo of Pathirana on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), further confirming his presence in the city.

Despite missing the season opener, Pathirana’s impact for CSK in the previous IPL season cannot be overlooked. He was the highest wicket-taker for the franchise, claiming an impressive 19 wickets in just 12 matches. Not only that, but his bowling was economical, with an average of 8.90 runs per over. This performance highlights his importance to the team’s success.

However, Pathirana’s participation in the upcoming IPL matches for CSK is subject to clearance from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). As of now, this clearance has not been confirmed, which adds a bit of uncertainty to his return.

CSK started their IPL 2024 campaign on a positive note, securing victory in their opening match against RCB. Mustafizur Rahman, the Bangladeshi pacer, played a significant role in this victory with his exceptional bowling performance, taking 4 wickets for 29 runs.

Nevertheless, the potential return of Pathirana brings excitement and optimism to CSK fans. His presence can bolster the team’s bowling attack, especially during the crucial stages of the game where tight bowling is essential. The depth he adds to the squad could prove to be crucial in CSK’s quest for success in the IPL 2024 season.

Matheesha Pathirana’s impending return to the CSK squad following his recovery from injury is a promising development. While his clearance from SLC is still pending, his potential inclusion brings hope for CSK’s bowling department. With his proven track record and ability to perform under pressure, Pathirana’s return could be a game-changer for CSK in their pursuit of IPL glory.

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