Things are not going well for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The defending champions are already knocked out of the tournament with nine losses in thirteen games played. CSK did not take off right from the start of the season. They lost six out of eight games under Ravindra Jadeja’s captaincy. As a result, the CSK all-rounder relinquished himself from captaincy duties to ‘focus on his batting and bowling’.
Jadeja featured in a couple of games after that. However, he was made to sit out against Delhi Capitals ‘due to an injury’ which he sustained while playing against RCB. After a few days, it was announced that Jadeja has been ruled out of the remainder of IPL 2022 with a bruised rib. The CSK management said that they did not want to risk Jadeja’s fitness by playing him further.
Amid all this was happening, one more event drew massive attention from fans as well as from experts. Notably, CSK’s official Instagram page unfollowed Ravindra Jadeja giving a hint about something brewing between the Saurashtra cricketer and his franchise. And now, a report has further fueled the debate.
An InsideSport report has claimed that Jadeja is ‘unhappy and hurt’ with CSK management. The report quoted someone close to Jadeja saying that the cricketer is not happy with the way he was handled. “Yes, he (Ravindra Jadeja) is upset & very hurt. The captaincy issue could have been handled better. Everything was too sudden, too abrupt. Any human being would get hurt by the way things shaped up”, said the source.
Can’t understand this: Sanjay Manjrekar
Just like the fans, cricket experts are also scratching their heads while thinking about what is going on in the CSK camp. Cricket commentator and analyst Sanjay Manjrekar has also expressed his shock and disbelief at Jadeja getting ruled out of the tournament. Manjrekar believes that Jadeja’s injury was not that serious and the reason behind him missing the games is something else.
“Jadeja has become unavailable for the entire season. Can’t understand this. On the ground, it didn’t seem like a big injury. So, you can say that something or the other is happening,” Sanjay Manjrekar was quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.