The CSK’s left-arm seamer Mukesh Choudhary is currently recovering from a back injury at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

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Mukesh Choudhary of the Chennai Super Kings is a dubious starter for IPL 2023 as he recovers from a back injury at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

It was unclear whether Mukesh Choudhary will miss part of the season or the full tournament. The uncapped 26-year-old is believed to have attended the Super Kings’ camp in Chennai earlier this month before travelling to the NCA, but a timetable for his return from injury has not been verified.

Choudhary’s most recent competitive game was for Maharashtra in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy in Ahmedabad in December 2022.

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Choudhary’s injury is yet another blow to the Super Kings’ seam attack, which has already lost New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson to a back ailment. Deepak Chahar, the seam attack’s spearhead, is also recovering from an injury, as is opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad. Allrounder Shivam Dube is also on the mend after suffering an injury while bowling at the nets during the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Super Kings will also be missing Sri Lankans Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana, who will join the franchise only after Sri Lanka’s six-match white-ball series in New Zealand concludes on April 8.

If Choudhary does not recover in time, the Super Kings will be without a left-arm seamer. He emerged as the team’s joint-highest wicket-taker in the previous IPL season, with 16 strikes in 13 games at an economy rate of 9.31. Eleven of those wickets came in the powerplay, tying him for the most in the competition at this point.

The reserve pace-bowling alternatives for the Super Kings are Delhi’s Simarjeet Singh and Mumbai’s Tushar Deshpande, who recently won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Cup. On March 31, the Super Kings take on the defending champions, the Gujarat Titans, in Ahmedabad.

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