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CSK’s Curveball: Conway Benched, Gleeson Joins IPL Lineup!

Devon Conway will not be available to CSK this IPL

Injury sidelines star player

New Zealand’s batting sensation and Chennai Super Kings’ powerhouse, Devon Conway, has been dealt a severe blow as he is ruled out of the entire IPL 2024 season due to injury. The left-handed wicketkeeper-batter sustained a fracture in the joint of his left thumb during the second T20I against Australia in Auckland back in February. Despite undergoing surgery and initial hopes of a mid-season return, Conway’s recovery process has compelled CSK to sideline him for the entirety of the IPL 2024 campaign.

Conway’s Impact on CSK

Conway’s absence reverberates throughout the CSK camp, especially considering his pivotal role in their triumph during IPL 2023. His stellar performance, amassing 672 runs in 15 innings at an impressive average of 51.69 and a formidable strike rate, played a significant role in CSK clinching the title. Notably, his crucial knock of 47 runs in a rain-affected final against Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad not only contributed to the victory but also earned him the Player-of-the-Match accolade.

CSK’s Replacement Strategy

With Conway sidelined, CSK has swiftly moved to bolster their squad by adding England’s seasoned fast bowler, Richard Gleeson, as his replacement. Gleeson’s inclusion is strategic, aiming to mitigate the void left by Conway’s absence and bolster CSK’s bowling arsenal.

About Richard Gleeson

Richard Gleeson, aged 36, emerges as an unconventional yet promising addition to the CSK lineup. Despite making his professional debut relatively late at the age of 27 for Northamptonshire, Gleeson has rapidly risen through the ranks. His notable performance in the T20 Blast, where he emerged as Northamptonshire’s second-highest wicket-taker in 2016, showcased his prowess in the shortest format of the game.

International Debut and T20 Credentials

Gleeson’s international debut for England at the age of 34 in 2022 was nothing short of remarkable, marked by dismissing cricketing stalwarts such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Rishabh Pant within his first eight balls in a T20I encounter at Edgbaston. His consistent performances across various T20 leagues worldwide, including stints in the Hundred, BPL, BBL, SA20, and ILT20, underscore his adaptability and skill in the format.


While Devon Conway’s absence poses a significant challenge for CSK in IPL 2024, the addition of Richard Gleeson injects fresh firepower into their bowling unit. As CSK strives to defend their title and navigate through the challenges of the upcoming season, the synergy between experienced campaigners and promising talents will be instrumental in their quest for glory. 

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