While the Indian Premier League (IPL) has stepped into the fifth week ever since its commencement, the tournament has united the cricket lovers all across the globe. Without a shade of doubt, the cash-rich league has rendered the optimum display of cricketing prowess. With matches going down to wires, viewers are bound to stick to their television sets until the heart-pounding last-ball drama unfolds in front of their sentimental eyes.
However, the emotionally-charged yellow fans have found it precarious to have the last laugh owing to poor rendition by the Dhoni-brigade of late. After a robust triumph against Mumbai Indians in match number one, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been struggling to cross the line of victory. The Men in Yellow have lost a majority of their matches threatening their berth in playoffs. Hence, the lions are positioned seventh in the lower half of the points table.
The limited resources in the team are thought to be one of the significant reasons for their consecutive defeats. On that note, this article attempts to deconstruct the names of five explosive match-winners which may remain on their cards if the mega auction is conducted for the 14th edition. Thus, the team management needs to get back on their drawing board to chip in biggies under the yellowhammer.
So, without any further ado, let’s peek into the list of players CSK should go for:
1. Suryakumar Yadav
The Mumbai-based cricketer has proven his mettle time and again in the domestic circuit with his magnificent willow-work. The right-handed batsman hogged the headlines in the 2015 IPL. The prodigy representing KKR hammered a breathtaking 20-ball 46 with five sixes against Mumbai Indians that overshadowed Rohit Sharma’s classy 98.
The vintage match-winner is plying his trade for Mumbai Indians of late. The blue outfit inked a whopping IPL 3.2 crores deal with the batsman. Repaying the trust shown by the captain in style, the 30-year-old has amassed over 200 runs in the ongoing season. Therefore, it goes without saying that Suryakumar is a go-to person for any team he plays for.
Considering his spectacular exhibition with the bat, CSK must mull to bag the extravagant player into the squad. As it appears that the squad is deprived of power-hitters currently. Moreover, his presence in the team can add extra weightage to the batting department in the upcoming season. Hence, Yadav’s flair knocks can topple any opposition team.
2. Tom Banton
The dynamic wicket-keeper batsman burst into the England domestic scene in 2019. Tom Banton has been a rising star for English cricket. He holds the potential to steer the national team’s ship in the right direction. Flexing an unorthodox batting skill, he perfectly fits into the boots of slam-bang T20 cricket.
The right-handed decimator has got a mesmerizing score of 200 odd runs in nine international outings under his belt. The budding talent is currently plying his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders in the UAE. Although, the young Turk has featured only in one match against Sunrisers Hyderabad owing to phenomenal top-order combination in the form of Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi.
Chennai think-tank must contemplate on roping in this bright flamboyant cricketer. He showcases grit to weather any storm and may turn the tides in the team’s favour single-handedly. Hence, he can be a player with a difference for CSK.
3. Kuldeep Yadav
The left-arm spinner has etched his name as one of the best in the business with his extra-ordinary wristy-skills. Sending shivers through the spine of opponents, Kuldeep masters the art of baffling the batters with the ball in hand. Donning the Indian jersey, the southpaw has scalped 39 wickets in 21 matches.
Currently, the prolific-match winner is serving his duty for the purple and gold outfit. Spearheading the spin department, Kuldeep has bagged 40 big wickets with his sheer brilliance helping the team to inch closer to victory.
With the Super Kings conceding plethora of runs in the middle-overs, Kuldeep can chip in the crucial moments and arrest the leakage of unnecessary runs with his guile and unpredictability for the team. Therefore, Kuldeep may find his name down under the yellow army.
4. Marcus Stoinis
The Australian all-rounder has had an impressive knock for his national side ever since his debut in 2015. Ticking all boxes for the glam glitz modern-day cricket, Marcus is one of the most captivating players to step into the cricketing field.
Kicking off his IPL stint with Kings XI Punjab in 2016, the ostentatious sportsman has notched 690 runs under his sleeves in 38 matches. Proving his mettle, the Aussie has raised his hand each time the team demanded some spectacular fireworks with the willow in the ongoing season.
Moreover, the right-handed annihilator has amassed over 2oo runs in nine outings with a majestic strike rate of over 16o. Also, he can be an element of surprise with the ball. The statistics depict marvellous bowling figures as he has plucked a few important breakthroughs for the blue outfit.
Chennai Super Kings have been persistently struggling with their middle-order department. Hence, with not many players rising up to the occasion, Marcus can be the glamourous feather in the team’s illustrious cap.
5. Manish Pandey
The Karnataka domestic superstar has been a treat for the viewer’s eyes from the time he started playing the sport. Not only the exuberant enriched gentleman is known for his incredible willow-work, but the 31-year-old can also turn the tables with his jaw-dropping catches and saves in the outfield.
A flamboyant right-hand top-order batsman, Pandey scored an unbeaten 114 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Deccan Chargers in IPL 2009. Eventually, he became the first Indian to score a ton in the IPL.
Manish made his debut in the Indian cricket team under the leadership of the current CSK skipper MS Dhoni. The cricketing dynamo is currently plying his trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Putting a clinical show with the bat, he has secured over 200 runs in the ongoing event.
The willy-craftsman has garnered 3055 runs in his IPL career spanning over 13 years under his exorbitant belt. Eventually, he can turn out to be a show-stealer in the upcoming auctions for the high-octane tournament next year. CSK must not be in two minds to include the worthy stalwart into the Yellow Army. Given his stewardship capabilities, he pitches his robust candidature for the captain’s post if MS Dhoni sustains any unfortunate injury.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
SportsInfo offers cricket, soccer, kabaddi, tennis, badminton, racing, basketball and other sports news, articles, videos, live coverage & live scores, player rankings & team rankings. Also, offers minute details of any match along with live commentary.
- IPL 2021: Top 5 batsmen with highest individual scores in IPL history
- IPL 2021: Top 5 batsmen with most fours in IPL history
- WI vs SL: 2nd ODI, Match Prediction – Who will win today’s match?
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar – The warhorse India needs the most in 2021
- Hemang Badani not pleased with Varun Chakravarthy after the spinner fails to clear fitness tests ahead of the England T20Is