Chennai Super Kings have begun their preparation for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which will commence on April 9. After an awful season in the UAE in IPL 2020 where they failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time in history finishing seventh, the MS Dhoni-led side will look to better their performances and put up a good show as the IPL caravan returns to India.
The likes of captain MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, and Ruturaj Gaikwad among others are already in Chennai for the camp. Suresh Raina, who skipped IPL 2020 owing to personal reasons, has also landed in Chennai and will join the training soon. Chennai Super Kings have roped in the likes of Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham, and Cheteshwar Pujara among others to strengthen their squad during IPL 2021 auction.
Chennai Super Kings add two Sri Lankan bowlers
In addition, the management has called up two uncapped Sri Lankan pacers for their ongoing training camp in Chennai. Young Sri Lankan bowlers Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana have been called up by CSK, as per a report in Sri Lankan news outlet NewsWire. The two pacers have been added as reserve players and will not be part of the main squad. They will be helping the CSK batsmen prepare for the new season by bowling to them in the nets.
He's not playing today but earlier this week, we took a closer look at Matheesha 'New Malinga' Anushal in training.
— #CWC11Rewind (@cricketworldcup) February 3, 2020
Touted as the next Malinga, Pathirana rang the headlines with his raw pace during the U-19 ICC World Cup last year. He was last seen representing Bangla Tigers in the Abu Dhabi T10 League. During the event, Pathirana bowled a wide delivery to India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal which was recorded at a stunning 175kph (108mph) making it the fastest delivery clocked in international cricket across all formats. However, it turned out there was an error in the recording which kept former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s record of fastest delivery in international cricket intact.