Well, first of all, I’ve to say sorry for not being able to post at regular intervals. Since one of the most anticipated IPL seasons are starting on 19th of September, I thought of giving you guys a team review about each team. We can see many new faces in this season when compared to other IPL seasons.
Today I am going to start the article series off with a review about Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
- MS Dhoni (wk, Captain)
- Ambati Rayudu
- KM Asif
- Deepak Chahar
- Dwayne Bravo (✈)
- Faf du Plessis (✈)
- Imran Tahir (✈)
- Narayan Jagadeesan
- Karn Sharma
- Kedar Jadhav
- Lungi Ngidi (✈)
- Mitchell Santner (✈)
- Monu Kumar
- Murali Vijay
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Ruturaj Gaikwad
- Shane Watson (✈)
- Shardul Thakur
- Sam Curran (✈)
- Piyush Chawla
- Josh Hazlewood (✈)
- R Sai Kishore
Home Ground – M.A. Chidambaram Stadium
Head Coach – Stephen Fleming
Winners – 3 times (2010, 2011, 2018)
Runners-Up – 5 times (2019, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2008)
My Ideal Playing XI
I would stick with Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis combination. Both players understand each other well. Both are attacking players and they read the game quite well to understand when to fall back and take the single. They are the type of players who can hit a six whenever they want. Of course, we can’t forget Watson’s amazing 80(59) that helped CSK win the title in 2018.
And I would have Ambati Rayudu coming one down. He’s a good calm character who can handle pressure situations. He has proved his ability to do so on many occasions.
First of all, I’ve to say that they will miss Suresh Raina very badly this year.
I haven’t seen any of these new faces bat before. I would probably want a newcomer to take the responsibility at Number 4 position. I can’t recommend anyone since I don’t know how they play. So, I would just leave the spot empty for a newcomer.
At number 5 I want captain cool, MS Dhoni to come out. Well, I don’t think there is anything to describe him. He is a master of reading bowler’s mind and playing accordingly. He has all the shots in the book and favours hitting the ball over the bowlers’ heads.
I would want the champion, DJ Bravo to come out at number 6. He is a big hitter and a classical all-rounder with his slower balls which do deceive the batsman most of the time. Even though the batsman know what’s coming, he can’t do much about it.
And as my number 7, I want Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) to come to the crease. I still remember his six that helped CSK win a tight match against RR. Here is the clip if you haven’t seen it.
My number 8 would be Shardul Thakur . He’s a good addition to the side. He can swing the ball with the new ball.
At number 9 I am going to have two picks according to the wicket. If it is a spinner friendly wicket, I would play Imran Tahir. Well, I really would love to go with Mitch Santner since he would add some more depth to the batting order. But I’ve pick Tahir over him because of Tahir’s amazing bowling spells in last season.
If it is a pacer-friendly wicket, I would go with Sam Curran at number 9. He’s a handy batsman to have at number 8 and he can swing the ball well.
I would want Deepak Chahar to be my number 10. He’s a genuine swing baller who can cause trouble in the first few overs.
I want Karn Sharma to be my number 11. I’ve to pick Karn over Piyush’s form hasn’t been that reliable in the past few years. Karn on the other hand can bowl quickly and get through his overs. I feel that CSK lacks a specialist spinner like Ashwin or Chahal. A guy who can take wickets in the middle overs. A guy who is willing to toss it up and challenge the batsman to go at it.
So, that is my ideal for CSK’s this year’s IPL season. Comment your thoughts down below. I’d love to know your ideal XI too.
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