Chennai Super Kings clinched the IPL title last year after serving a ban period of two years. Dhoni’s men were trolled as old age home due to the inclusion of experienced players and veteran cricketers in the majority. But they bagged the title with all-rounder performances last year.
During the IPL 11 auctions, Stephen Fleming said “I’m not here to develop young players, I’m here to try and win the competition for the franchise. And that’s why we value experience because we think that gives us the best chance.”
They ignored Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary during IPL 12 auctions due to poor performances and bagged players like Shane Watson and Narayan Jagadeesan who captained their teams in domestic or international levels. It seems that the franchise is strategical about choosing players for securing the title as the top priority. Here are a few players who have the capability to lead the team during tough times and might replace Dhoni if he is rested for the second half of the tournament keeping World Cup 2019 in mind.
- Faf Du Plessis
He is one of the successful captains for South Africa and is a consistent performer for the team for many seasons. Even if he plays only a few matches for CSK, he will be a vital performer for the team and his strategies as a captain are an advantage for the victory of the team. He might be benched for the team after the first half due to the world cup season, but undoubtedly, he is one of the noteworthy captains for the team. During the qualifier match in IPL 11, he slammed 67 runs to guide the team towards a crucial win against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
- Harbhajan Singh
He was bagged by the CSK franchise in IPL 11 after his long journey to Mumbai Indians. His inclusion into the team surprised everyone but his contributions for the team are a crucial reason for the victory of the team and he played a vital role in the title victory of CSK and Mumbai Indians. Earlier, he captained Mumbai Indians for 10 off 20 matches. In his career, he won the toss 14 times and his decisions proved to be helpful for the victory of the respective teams. He led the team of Mumbai Indians which bagged the Champions Trophy in 2011.
- Dwayne Bravo
He is one of the crucial all-rounders for CSK for many seasons. He captained the West Indies team for many seasons in T20Is. He decided to play for CSK until he retires. He had a vast experience of playing BBL, Bangladesh Premier League, Mzansi Super League, Global T20 League, and many prestigious tournaments in the shortest format of cricket. He is the part of CSK since 2011. He led the teams of Trinbago Knight Riders and Melbourne Stars during BBL 2018-19 which reached the finale.