The 2021 Indian Premier League Player auctions will take place on February 18th and teams will try to get the finishing touches to their respective teams in what is likely to be a mini-auction. Three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings had a disappointing season in 2020, failing to make it to the playoffs for the first time. While captain MS Dhoni had emphatically stated that CSK’s last IPL 2020 match was “certainly not” the last time he would appear in the yellow jersey, the same could not be said of his generation of players. Harbhajan Singh, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav and Piyush Chawla, among others, have been released in advance of the auction as CSK wants to replace some T20 veterans.
Here’s a summary of the kind of players they need on the squad and can buy
With Shane Watson retiring, CSK may need an opening batsman to accompany Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis, even if their trusty number 3 Suresh Raina is expected to get back into action. CSK has one foreign slot left and Aaron Finch, the Australian limited overs skipper, who was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore, could fit the bill. Finch has 2005 runs from 87 IPL games.
With Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran on the squad, the middle order slots are taken. Dwayne Bravo is there too. CSK was able to keep their middle order intact.
Imran Tahir can finally get a longer run after playing just three games in IPL 2020. Now that Harbhajan and Chawla have been released, however, CSK will be looking for another spinner in the squad to include Jadeja, Karn Sharma, R Sai Kishore and Mitchell Santner. Released by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pawan Negi could find a place in the CSK squad as a backup player for Jadeja, who is still struggling with an injury.
An attack consisting of Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif and Shardul Thakur inspires confidence, given how Chahar and Thakur fared under Dhoni’s leader. However, CSK may look for another Indian pacemaker and Mohit Sharma, a former comrade, may find a second chance.
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