CSK suffer major blow ahead of IPL 2024 as Devon Conway gets ruled out until May

Chennai Super Kings have been dealt a blow ahead of their title defence as Devon Conway is set to be ruled out of action at least until May.

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Devon Conway (Source - Twitter)

Devon Conway (Source - Twitter)

The Chennai Super Kings suffered a serious injury threat just three weeks before the start of the IPL 2024, as star opening batter Devon Conway gets ruled out until May. Notably, some sources have revealed that Devon Conway had surgery on his left thumb last week, which will put him out of action for roughly eight weeks. However, this is a big loss for the defending champions, as star cricketer Devon Conway was the player of the match during CSK's victory over the Gujarat Titans in the 2023 final.

The New Zealand star batter missed the ongoing Test series against the Aussies after sustaining a thumb injury during the T20I series against Australia. Notably, the choice to undergo an operation was made after consulting with a doctor. The left-handed opener won't be available for more than half of the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, which begins on March 22 with CSK taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

"Opener Devon Conway will this week undergo surgery on the left thumb he damaged during the T20I series against Australia. Following several scans and specialist advice, the decision was made to operate on Conway with a likely recovery period of at least eight weeks," a New Zealand Cricket release said.

New Zealand cricket team has replaced Devon Conway with Ben Sears

The New Zealand cricket team has replaced him with Ben Sears. The star bowler has taken 58 wickets in his first-class career from 19 games played so far. However, Ben Sears hasn't been included in any Test matches for New Zealand, having participated in T20Is, notably the most recent series against Australia.

"Ben's a young bowler with a quality skill set. He bowls with genuine pace and gets good bounce which is always a great asset in red ball cricket. We've been really impressed by his performances for the BLACKCAPS in white ball cricket this summer and believe he can make the step up to the Test arena if called upon," head coach Gary Stead said.

New Zealand Devon Conway