The return of Chennai Super Kings into IPL 2018 made the edition more anticipated. The management succeeded in retaining the crucial players like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina who played for the team for eight consecutive seasons before the auction. The franchise is happy to buy back Murali Vijay, Dwayne Bravo, Faf Du Plessis, and Ravindra Jadeja by means of the auction in Bangalore. Though Harbhajan Singh did not play international cricket for a long time, he did his best in the IPL. In the last IPL season, he played for Mumbai Indians and took 8 wickets from 11 games.
Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu are some of the match-winners the team managed to buy. Rayudu is the consistent batsman who made 2416 runs off 114 IPL matches. Shane Watson scored 71 runs and picked 5 wickets from 8 matches in IPL 2017. His poor form is a worry for the team.
The first class cricketer Deepak Chahar is a good option for the yellow army. He played for Rajasthan that reached the finale of Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament. He picked 29 wickets off 25 T20Is. The Delhi lad Dhruv Shorey came into the limelight with his ton in the Ranji Trophy final. His batting average was 55 in 18 first-class matches. The curtain raiser match will take place on 7th April between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at 8.00 pm local time.
Squad: MS Dhoni (captain), Shane Watson, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Faf Du Plessis,Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Kanishk Seth,Kedar Jadhav,Santner,KM Asif, Kshitij Sharma,Billings, Mark Wood, Monu Kumar, N Jagadeesan and Chaitanya Bishnoi.
The Chennai Super Kings team is high in the spirits by the presence of World’s two great all-rounders, Dwayne Bravo and Shane Watson. Though Shane Watson is in poor form in the previous season, he made a great contribution to the team in all the other seasons he played. Bravo changed the picture of the IPL with his mesmerizing performance. He scored 1238 runs and picked 122 wickets in his IPL career.
Ravindra Jadeja is a good batsman besides a spinner. He scored 1732 runs and took 82 wickets in his IPL career.
The main drawback for the team is that all the key batsmen for the team are above the age of 30 years. Murali Vijay and Shane Watson are expected to open the innings. Dhoni, Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis comprise a formidable middle-order for the team. In addition, the team has its eyes on the performance of Deepak Chahar and Dhruv Shorey. There were expectations about the recovery of Dhoni to resume to his arrogant style and make wonderful performances on the ground.
Murali Vijay scored 450 runs in 140 matches for Kings XI Punjab in 2016. The middle order of the franchise is one of the strongest compositions of IPL. Let us wait for the recovery of crucial players and change the destiny of the franchise.
Though the franchise is not accomplished with star bowlers, all-rounders like Bravo and Jadeja are considered as crucial weapons. Spinners like Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, and Mitchell Santner are expected to make a mark as match winners. Imran Tahir took 47 wickets in 32 IPL matches. Though there is no star pace bowler in the team, Shardul Thakur and Ngidi may shoulder the pace bowling department.Deepak Chahar and Mark Wood can’t be underrated when you look for the credentials.