Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by far has been the most consistent side over the years of the IPL. They have also achieved a rare feat of making it to the playoffs every season since the inception of the cash-rich league. The Dhoni-led side has always lived up to the expectation and possess a dominating record against all the sides except Mumbai Indians.
Dismal show by the CSK’s top order cost them the title in the previous season, they recorded one of the lowest run rates possessed by a team during the powerplay phase with a run rate of 6.29. MS Dhoni was the highest run-getter for the side with a tally of 416 runs from 15 games. Overall, Chennai Super Kings have been the most consistent T20 side across the globe and also boast of having secured 5 trophies under their belt.
The three players who might not be a part of the CSK roster
1. Murali Vijay
Ace Tamil Nadu opener, Murali Vijay has been out of the action for a while now. Vijay’s string of below-par scores in the domestic circuit has further weakened his cause of reviving a spot in the senior team as far as the longest format is concerned. CSK bought him for his base price of (INR) 2 crores, given that the franchise boasts of a star-studded line-up the opener didn’t get ample opportunities to prove his mettle.
Murali Vijay’s numbers in the last two tournaments don’t do justice to his talent and the skill-sets he possesses. In the previous edition of the IPL, Vijay played only two games scoring 64 runs. It is believed that the franchise could expel the experienced batsman from the roster.
2. Kedar Jadhav
Maharashtra born batsman had an ordinary season with the Chennai side last year. From 14 games, Kedar has compiled only 162 runs at a terrible average of 11.57. Kedar was brought by the franchise at a whooping price of (INR) 7.8 crores. A swashbuckling middle-order batsman and a serviceable off-spinner is a luxury to any captain of the side.
Jadhav battling with a string of injuries hasn’t quite contributed to the franchise with the willow as they would have expected. It remains to be seen if the franchise will release him ahead of the forthcoming IPL Auction.
3. Dhruv Shorey
The talented Delhi-batsman is highly rated by the Kiwi, Stephen Fleming who is also the head coach of the franchise. Dhruv Shorey was snapped up by the Chennai side after an impressive 2018 domestic season with his state, Delhi. He was brought at a base price of (INR) 20 Lakhs at the 2018 IPL Auction.
The technically sound player didn’t get too many matches under his belt in the previous edition of the IPL, but the experience he has gained after rubbing shoulders with the best in the world will prove to be a learning curve for the 27-year-old. Dhruv has turned out for the Chennai Super Kings in only 2 matches scoring only 13 runs. The probability of him getting released by the elite franchise is high and it might also interest the other teams at the Auction table.
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