3 SA20 players who can open with Ruturaj Gaikwad for CSK after Conway's injury

These are the top three SA20 players who can be the potential replacements for the Chennai Super Kings team after Devon Conway is ruled out for 8 weeks and open with Ruturaj Gaikwad during the IPL 2024 tournament.

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Chennai Super Kings were dealt a massive blow with just over two weeks to go for the IPL 2024 season. Star opener Devon Conway has been ruled out for at least 8 weeks due to an injury to his thumb. 


The left-handed batter is set to undergo surgery as confirmed by the New Zealand board. This has left the CSK side with a huge void ahead of the upcoming season. Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad have become a formidable opening in IPL for the men in yellow. 

In this article, we cast a closer look at the top three opening options from SA20 which can replace the Kiwi batter. 

3- Matthew Breetzke – 



The right-handed batter from South Africa can come in as a replacement after Devon Conway’s injury. Many experts have compared him to former CSK opener Brendon McCullum for his daring batting. Matthew Breetzke can step down the track against the fast bowlers and hit them over the top. The youngster can also play a 360-degree brand of cricket and is adept against pace and spin equally. 

2- Ryan Rickelton – 



MI Cape Town has given South African and world Cricket yet another big-name player. Young Ryan Rickelton has already earned the moniker of the next Quinton De Kock. There is a glaring similarity with the way Rickelton bats which led to the comparisons. Not only does Rickelton bat like Quinton De Kock but also is known to be a clean striker of the ball. The left-handed batter scored 530 runs from 10 games to be the top scorer with the bat during this year’s SA20 tournament. This makes Ryan Rickelton a good candidate to be picked for CSK after Devon Conway’s injury 

1- Reeza Hendricks – 


The 34-year-old didn’t have a great SA20 season but his Pakistan Super League numbers are outstanding. Reeza Hendricks has scored 299 runs from 7 games so far with 3 half-centuries with an average of 49 and a strike rate of 138. The veteran batter is known to be a terrific timer of the ball with the ability to play long innings. Reeza Hendricks could be a good addition to the CSK batting unit. Devon Conway’s injury can be a huge blessing in disguise after Hendricks wasn’t picked during the IPL 2024 auctions. 

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