IPL 2018 Chennai Super Kings Members Analysis
IPL 2018 auction went on for 2 days providing some solid players to each of the 8 teams. CSK is back after a ban of 2 years. Making the complete use of retention, CSK retained MS Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja. A team with experienced players might be considered are old lions. But old lions are more hungry and they are now ready for hunting.
IPL 2018 CSK Missing Ashwin?
With the new retention rules, they can’t exercise RTM card for Ashwin. Interestingly they didn’t opt for Ashwin during IPL 2018 auction too. Preeti Zinta with all guns blazing bought Ashwin. Maybe CSK has budget concerns bidding for Ashwin. But they have got veteran off-spinner Harbhajan (bhajji) for a cheaper price. Will he meet the expectations? Hope so…
IPL 2018 CSK – RTM Usage
With Ashwin not in RTM race, IPL has made CSK job easy to choose players for RTM card. The two main core foreign players for CSK team are DJ Bravo and Faf du Plessis. CSK made their options very clear and exercised the most important RTM cards to bring back their core team.
IPL 2018 CSK – Strengths
Here are the key strengths of CSK in IPL 2018
- MSD’s incredible captaincy
- All round performance of Jadeja, Raina, Watson, Bravo
- Magical spin of Harbhajan, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir
- Lights of Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu
- Strong Middle Order and Depth in batting line up (Kedar Jadhav, Faf, Bravo, Rayudu, and Watson)
IPL 2018 Chennai super kings captain
MS Dhoni will be captain of IPL2018 Chennai super kings
IPL 2018 CSK – Weakness
With too many allrounders in the team, it might look great for many. But they are lacking in Pace department. Given the Indian conditions, spinners will play a major role in the win percentage of CSK. But can’t keep pacers away. Instead of going for a wicket-keeper batsman like Sam Billings who will never get a chance to keep wickets (until Dhoni is out of the game), they should have gone for an extra seamer.
Even with the presence of Lungi Ngidi (recent sensation from RSA) and Shradul Thakur, there is a compulsion that either of Bravo and Watson should play the whole tournament in main bowler’s role.
IPL 2018 CSK Complete Squad
MS Dhoni, KM Asif, Sam Billings, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Narayan Jagadeesan, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Lungi Ngidi, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayadu, Mitchell Santner, Kanishk Seth, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Shradul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Mark Wood.
With experienced and all-round talent CSK will definitely be in playoffs like all other IPL editions. But will CSK lift the trophy on its come back? Fans are saying “Yessss…!!!”. Hope the old lions roar and meet their hunger.