Chennai Super Kings had the worst last season of Indian Premier League in history. First time in IPL history, Chennai fail to qualify for the playoffs in UAE last year. This year the cricket fans will be hoping for a better performance from the Chennai Super Kings. CSK has picked six players by spending Rs.17.35 crore in IPL Auction 2021. We take a look at the Chennai Super Kings squad first,
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Chennai Super Kings Squad: MS Dhoni, KM Asif, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, N Jagadeesan, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Josh Hazlewood, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, C Hari Nishaanth, Krishnappa Gowtham, K Bhagath Varma, R Sai Kishore, Robin Uthappa, M Harisankar Reddy, Cheteshwar Pujara, Moeen Ali
CSK Journey So Far:
CSK predicted 11 for IPL 2021
CSK predicted XI for the upcoming season of IPL keeping in mind of Chennai’s wicket.
CSK predicted XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad at No.1
Ruturaj Gaikwad didn’t get the ideal start as he had scored just 5 runs in the first three innings. However, in the next three innings, he had scored three half-centuries and help his team to win the last three matches of the last season of IPL in UAE. Chennai Super kings had brought him in the 2019 IPL Auction at Rs.20 Lakh price. He has played 6 IPL matches and scored 204 runs with a strike rate of 120.71. He will be the first choice as an opener for CSK over Robin Uthappa.
CSK predicted 11: Faf du Plessis at No.2
Faf Du Plessis was one of the standout batsmen for Chennai Super Kings in the last edition of the Indian Premier League. The Proteas batsman had aggregated 449 runs with a strike rate of 140.75 in 13 IPL games in UAE. Du Plessis has been the core member of Chennai Super Kings’s batting over the years. He has played 84 IPL matches and scored 2306 runs. He has recently announced his retirement from Test cricket and will focus on short-format.
CSK predicted 11: Suresh Raina at No.3
One of the best batsmen of IPL, Suresh Raina will return to the Chennai side after missing the last season of IPL due to personal reasons. CSK’s worst performance came when Raina didn’t part of CSK’s squad. His return to the side will provide a big boost to the Chennai side. He has played 193 IPL games so far and smashed 5368 runs with a strike rate of 137.14. He is also a useful part-time bowler with an economy rate of 7.38.
CSK predicted 11: Ambati Rayudu at No.4
Ambati Rayudu, the Hyderabad-born batsman has been a consistent performer for his sides over the years. He also helped teams like Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings to win the IPL trophy. Ambati has scored 3659 runs with 19 half-centuries in 159 IPL matches. He had a decent last season in UAE as he scored 359 runs with an average of 39.88
CSK predicted XI: MS Dhoni at No.5
Thala Dhoni who has been the backbone of the Chennai Super Kings line-up along with Suresh Raina over the years will try to bounce back from the worst-IPL performance in the previous season. He will try to come back strongly in IPL 2021 with his batting also. MS has scored 4632 runs with a strike rate of 136.75. Though Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, and MS Dhoni have not played competitive cricket for a long time. However, their experience can help CSK perform well in this year’s IPL season.
CSK predicted 11: Moeen Ali at No.6
Chennai Super Kings had picked Moeen Ali for Rs.7 crore in IPL Auction 2021. Moeen Ali who is an important player for England in the limited-overs format could be the X-factor for the CSK in the IPL 2021. Moeen Ali has played 19 IPL games and has a strike rate of 158.46. He has an economy rate of 7.13 also and could be very handy on Chennai’s wicket.
CSK predicted XI: Ravindra Jadeja at No.7
Ravindra Jadeja who is a pivotal part of the Indian Cricket Team has morphed into a reliable finisher for Chennai Super Kings over the years. He has played 184 games and scored 2159 runs with a strike rate of 126.47. He is also brilliant with his bowling and fielding and will be the go-to man for the CSK side in this year’s season.
CSK predicted 11: Sam Curran at No.8
In the last season in UAE, where most of the Chennai Super Kings players failed, Sam Curran performed exceptionally well for CSK. He was the star attraction for Super Kings last year and will try to perform well in this year’s season too. Sam Curran played 14 matches for CSK and scored 186 runs in IPL 2020. He also picked 13 wickets also. He will be the ideal replacement for Dwayne Bravo in the future for CSK
CSK predicted XI: Deepak Chahar a No.9
Deepak Chahar who was picked by Chennai Super Kings in the 2018 IPL Auction, will play an important role with the ball. He had provided the early breakthroughs for his side in past and with an economy rate of 7.62 from 48 IPL games. He had a decent season of IPL 2020 as he picked 12 wickets with an economy rate of 7.61.
CSK predicted 11: Shardul Thakur at No.10
Shardul Thakur was part of the Indian Cricket Team who defeated Australia recently on Australian soil. He played an important role in winning the Gabba Test as he scored a resolute half-century in the first inning and picked 7 wickets in the match. Shardul Thakur had played 45 IPL games and picked 46 wickets. However, in the last season, he took 10 wickets in 9 matches.
CSK predicted 11: Imran Tahir at No.11
Imran Tahir had played only three games for CSK last season due to the overseas slot. However, Tahir has been an exceptional performer for the Chennai side over the years. He had picked 80 wickets from 58 IPL games with an economy rate of 7.83. In IPL 2019, he took 26 wickets. He has featured in different T20 leagues around the world and will be a vital part of the CSK squad in this year’s season.
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