Dubai: After a disappointing 2020, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings bounced back to make it to the playoffs in the Indian Premier League season. Things have turned spicy since Tuesday evening when the 40-year-old CSK captain made it clear that he would be for the IPL in the upcoming season. This comes after a lot of speculation about his participation in the T20 league given his poor form with the bat. Also Read – Rohit Sharma Joins AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle; Became the first Indian to hit 400 T20 sixes
With Dhoni, of course, to be retained, who are the other players CSK would not want to release before the mega-auction. Also Read – IPL 2021: Virat Kohli in ominous touch during RCB nets session ahead of SRH clash. watch video
Ruturaj Gaikwad: The Chennai team is looking to build a solid unit for the future and the young Gaekwad easily fits into that plan. He has been dominating the top order for the team and has been a major reason for Chennai’s success in 2021. Also Read – IPL 2021: Gautam Gambhir Questions BCCI Selectors On Hardik Pandya’s T20 World Cup Spot
Sam Curran: Young English all-rounder Sam Curran is another player who falls under that plan. He is young and has a long future ahead of him. He’s had a few seasons in the franchise and knows how it works, which makes it an advantage.
Ravindra Jadeja: He is ‘Sir’! He can do everything – with the bat, with the ball and on the field. He is an asset to either party. Considering his ability to win matches and keep his nerves under pressure, he will definitely be retained. Also, being a spinner, he will be a handful in Chennai – another factor that works in his favour.
Suresh Raina: He is known as Mr. IPL for a reason. A brilliant run-scorer, Raina brings with him a lot of experience to the table. He is close to Dhoni and the two combine well, another factor that will work in his favor. With 5491 runs, he is among the top scorers in the history of the league.
CSK may drop Faf du Plessis, who has been a match-winner for the team in the past as the Indian players help with the balance.