IPL 2020: ‘Imran Tahir will definitely come into play during the second half,’ says CSK CEO Viswanathan

Imran Tahir emerged as the most successful bowler of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 with 26 wickets in 17 matches.

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir

Chennai Super Kings leggie Imran Tahir emerged as the ‘Purple Cap’ winner in the 2019 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Unfortunately, the South African leg-spinner could not find a spot in the current CSK playing XI due to the restriction of playing four overseas players. Amidst this, the franchise CEO Kasi Viswanathan had made it clear that Tahir will come into the picture during the second half of the ongoing tournament.

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“He will come into the picture as we go ahead. Right now, with the conditions on offer, the team composition has been planned with two foreigners at the top as pure batsmen and then two pace bowling all-rounders. But he will come in with the wickets starting to take a turn in the second half. You have the 4-foreigner restriction so you always plan according to the conditions on offer,” he explained while talking to ANI.

Tahir understands the team composition

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir won Purple Cap in IPL 2019

Imran Tahir recently talked to the commentators during CSK’s clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday. He revealed that sitting out is difficult, but the team’s victory is more important for him. The 41-year old told that he’s ready to grab the opportunity whenever it strikes his doors. 

“It has been difficult sitting out, but I have to be honest, I am enjoying it, and I know how we go about it as a team. I am happy if we are doing well and waiting for my opportunity and hopefully will be ready when I get it. Will be a good challenge playing against the young Indian talent. I see the pitches have started spinning a little bit,” he said during the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

On his transfer during the mid-season, Tahir said, “CSK has never brought or released players in the mid-season transfer window and we have honestly not even gone through the rules and regulations that come into play if we are looking at a transfer. We are not looking at any player.”

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