Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are one of the most consistent teams in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). They made it to the playoffs in every single season. Moreover, only in two seasons, they failed to make it to the final. Thus, they’ve been one of the best teams in the IPL.
One of their secrets to consistency has been the continuity and consistency with players. CSK are a side that doesn’t like chopping and changing a lot. Be it the XI or the squad, they don’t like meddling with it too much.
However, in the last couple of years, there are players who haven’t got a lot of chances and have failed in the limited opportunities they’ve got. Thus, here are three players who CSK should axe ahead of next year’s IPL.
1. Karn Sharma
Karn Sharma of India. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
In 2018, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) build their side with plenty of spin options. Karn Sharma was one among the many they picked. He was the only Indian leg-spinner in the squad. However, he hasn’t been able to get consistent chances in the playing XI.
In 2018, the Uttar Pradesh leg-spinner played six games and returned with disappointing numbers. He picked up just four wickets and conceded runs at 9.37 runs per over. Last season, he played just one game and returned with figures of 1/33 from 2.5 overs.
Hence, Karn Sharma has been on the decline. Moreover, with multiple other spin options, it’s unlikely that he can break into the XI even next season. He’s also blown hot and cold in the domestic circuit. Thus, CSK should look to part ways with Karn and maybe look to add some depth in the pace bowling department.
2. David Willey
David Willey. (Photo Source: Twitter)
There’s absolutely no doubt that David Willey is an excellent T20 cricketer. He can be very effective with the ball up front and also bowl efficiently at the death. He can tonk the ball and can bat anywhere in the order. However, he just doesn’t seem to fit in the CSK squad.
Willey played three games in his debut IPL season which was 2018. He never got a chance to bat but he bowled in all three games. He picked up two wickets and was also expensive. The left-handed all-rounder didn’t play the last season due to family commitments.
Moreover, with the four foreigners’ rule, it is going to be tough for Willey to break into the XI. Lungi Ngidi was CSK’s preferred choice in 2018 before he injured himself ahead of the last season. Moreover, they also prefer to play Imran Tahir which leaves them only two other spots. Also, with Willey’s inconsistency in staying in the IPL might also play a role.
3. KM Asif
KM Asif. (Photo Source: Twitter)
KM Asif is a pretty unknown figure in Indian cricketing circles. The Kerala cricketer made his List ‘A’ and T20 debut in early 2018. He impressed in a couple of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy games and also had a good List ‘A’ debut. Hence, he was picked up by CSK for INR 40 lakhs in the 2018 auctions.
Given CSK’s inconsistent pace attack, Asif played a couple of games in the 2018 season. He made his debut against Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and played one more game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He picked up three wickets and had an economy of 12.50. After those two games, the right-arm pacer from Kerala never featured in the XI.
He was benched for the entire 2019 season. With Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma and Shardul Thakur, it’s going to be tough to break into the XI next season as well. Thus, CSK may want to release him and look at other options.
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