Probably, Chennai Super Kings is the most consistent team in the Indian Premier League so far by reaching playoffs in every season of IPL. Also, they are three-time IPL winners and hoping to grab the trophy in 2020 as well. Captain Cool MS Dhoni is determined to win the title one more time.
However, CSK faced a series of misfortunes before the start of the IPL this year. First, their main player Suresh Raina pulled out from IPL 2020 citing personal reasons, and later Harbhajan Singh also did not join the squad.
Let’s take a quick look at Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Playing XI for the first match against Mumbai Indians (MI).
For opening Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu should be picked.
Shane Watson: CSK bought Shane Watson for Rs4 Crore to use his experience against other IPL teams. Watson has played about 100 games of IPL so far.Also he has won Most Valuable Player Award couple of times and is ready to strengthen the roaster of CSK. Proteas All Rounder has scored 3575 runs in 134 IPL matches at a strike rate of 139.53 and scored 4 centuries also.
Ambati Rayudu: Rayudu is ready to shine under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. He can bat as an opener as well as middle order. In the first match against MI, CSK should consider him as an opener to get a fine start.
Middle Order batting line up should be Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadav
Faf du Plessis: Du Plessis is a classy batsman to send on middle order. He has the ability to park the ball outside the ground. He has scored 1853 runs at the strike rate of 126.74. Du Plessis is also an iconic fielder and can save important runs on the field.
MS Dhoni: Dhoni is a tremendous player and a Cricket’s best finisher. Under his captaincy, CSK won three titles. Whenever CSK is in trouble, Dhoni always comes forward and takes the responsibility. Dhoni scored 4432 runs in 190 IPL matches at the strike rate of 137.85 and no one even comes close to him in terms of power hitting. He is a complete package.
Kedhar Jadav: Jadav is an attacking middle order batsman bought by Chennai Super Kings for Rs7.8 Crore. He couldn’t play the IPL 2018 season due to the injury and came back in the 2019 season and helped his team to finish the tournament as runners up.
All Rounder options are Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo
Sam Curran: New addition Sam Curran in CSK’s Playing Xi for IPL 2020 is a complete package in all rounders category. The 22 year old pacer was bought by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 5 Crore. CSK has a good chance to use his pace and stroke filled batting in this IPL season 2020.
Dwayne Bravo: Dwayne Bravo or DJ Bravo could be called the most entertaining player in the world. Bravo can perform well with bat and ball in tricky situations and destroy any batting or bowling lineup. He has scored 1483 runs in 134 matches at the strike rate of 128.28 and also has 147 dismissals on his name at an average of 24.63.
Ravindra Jadeja: Jadeja is the best choice in critical situations to break a batting partnership. He is a dynamic all rounder to deliver the spin balls and send the ball outside of the boundary. In 170 matches, he has scored 1927 runs at a strike rate of 122.58 and also got 108 wickets on his name at an average of 29.18
Bowlers should be Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Imran Tahir
Shardul Thakur: Young pacer was bought at INR 2.6 cr by Chennai Super Kings and he is a good addition in the bowling squad for CSK. Thakur played 36 IPL matches and got 36 wickets at an average of 29.58. He can make variations with the ball and put the batsman in trouble.
Deepak Chahar: Deepak Chahar was one of the two players in CSK team Camp who tested positive for CoronaVirus and he joined the training camp on September 11. In 34 IPL matches he picked up 33 wickets at an average of 26.51. Deepak is looking for a chance to give an iconic performance in IPL 2020.
Imran Tahir: In 2019 IPL, Imran Tahir was the Purple Cap Winner with 26 wickets in hand. The 40 year old is the most experienced leg spinner in the team and a wicket taking threat to the opponents. He is all set to rock the grounds in UAE this IPL season.
CSK’s Predicted Playing XI for IPL 2020:
- Openers: Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu
- Middle-Order: Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadav
- All-Rounders: Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo
- Bowlers: Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Imran Tahir