Chennai Super Kings, the three-time champions of IPL have been majorly scrutinized in this season. They are in trouble since the time they have landed in UAE as their two match-winners, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh opted out of the mega event. The franchise that looked a dominating force in the last couple of seasons is struggling to find balance and their performance has been extremely below their standards.
As their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are almost over, CSK is looking to give opportunities to their youngsters. CSK have qualified for the finals for the record 8 times and they were also the only team to qualify for the playoffs in each season before 2020. Like always, the yellow army would be looking forward to bouncing back in the next season and come back stronger.
As the mega auction is expected to happen in the next season, the teams can only retain three players. Considering that Chennai’s several players have crossed their prime years, they will look to retain younger players who will be available for more than three years. Also, MS Dhoni, who has retired from international cricket might pull the curtains on his IPL career after this season, CSK would be looking for a captain in the auction as well.
Here are the three players CSK should retain if Mega Auction happens in IPL 2021:-
1. Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar has been a quality pacer for CSK in IPL. He has bowled extremely well in the powerplay and his heroics in IPL earned him a place in Team India as well. Considering that Chahar is only 28 years of age, he can play for more than three years for CSK.
If the yellow army retains him, he can continue his role as the leader of their bowling attack. Also getting a pacer who is representing India at the highest level is a hefty task in IPL auctions. Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, all are expected to get retained by their respective franchises.
Deepak Chahar has picked up 42 wickets for CSK so far and has the ability to take wickets up front. He has been quite useful for the Chennai franchise. Also, Chahar has been leading the Ranji Trophy team, Rajasthan for quite some time and his experience can help the team immensely. Considering that CSK has always believed in maintaining its core, Chahar could be one of the players to continue playing for them.
2. Sam Curran
Sam Curran was recruited by CSK in the 2020 auction. As CSK played the final in IPL 2019 and their team looked settled, Curran wasn’t certain to be a part of the playing XI. However, as Dwayne Bravo was injured in the initial games, the English all-rounder played as his replacement and his performance was quite decent with both bat and ball.
The southpaw is a dominating batsman and he can bat at the top as well as a finisher. Also, he dons the duties of bowling with the new ball for CSK and he excelled in that role too. Considering his all-round abilities, he is one of the bright prospects for CSK in an otherwise dull season.
Also, the Englishman is just 22 years old and he is an integral part of England’s limited-overs squad as well. As he has a lot of cricket left in him and the youngster can be a wise investment for CSK. If he gets the backing from the team management, he can be one of the major match winners for Chennai in the coming years.
3. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja has been a part of CSK for several years now. He is one of their reliable finishers and a go-to bowler. The southpaw can be an extremely dangerous bowler on a turning track and as well as CSK’s home ground Chepauk.
Apart from his bowling credentials, he can do the job with the bat as well. In IPL 2020, Jadeja has batted at number 6 in maximum matches and he has been the driving force to provide their score with the last boost. In this season so far, he has batted with an average of 48 at a strike rate of 164.
Jadeja is a permanent fixture in the Indian team as well and his experience can be utilized by CSK. As he is a senior member of the team, he can be one of the front-runners for the captain’s role too. CSK has always believed in keeping their top players for as many years as possible and with Jadeja being their key member for several years, he could be the next face of the Chennai franchise.
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