One of the most successful teams and the defending champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have named their four retentions ahead of the forthcoming season. MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, and Ruturaj Gaikwad are set to once again play for the ‘Yellow Army’ in IPL 2022.
Notably, MSD will once again be seen in the captaincy role for the four-time tournament winners. Apart from him, they have secured two quality all-rounders in the form of Ali and Jadeja. On the other hand, last year’s ‘Orange Cap’ winner Gaikwad will be their assured opener in the 15th edition of the cash-rich league.
Let’s look at three players CSK might target at the IPL 2022 mega auction:
The Chepauk Stadium of Chennai is one of the best grounds for spinners across the globe. This indicates an opening for a genuine leg-spinner as they already retain two finger-spinners. Ace India cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal can be a perfect buy for the Chennai-based franchise in IPL 2022.
The 31-year-old’s IPL numbers are second to none and did exceptionally well in the recently-concluded leg of the IPL 2021. Moreover, he shares a great on-field bromance with Dhoni which could turn out to be an add-on.
One of the most lethal spinners in all formats, Kagiso Rabada from South Africa could be a great buy for CSK at IPL 2022 auction. The Proteas pacer has done a commendable job for his previous franchise of Delhi Capitals (DC) in the last couple of years.
The Super Kings have let go of all their fast bowlers which might turn out to be a great window for someone like Rabada. Nevertheless, KG will surely turn out to be a hot property at the auction pool.
The Chennai Super Kings need middle-order batters after leaving their core Indian players in the form of Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, and Robin Uthappa. In such a case, Rahul Tripathi can be an attractive option for MS Dhoni and co.
The Maharashtra cricketer performed well for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2021 with some match-winning knocks in the later stage of the tournament. Interestingly, he has previously played alongside MSD for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants back in 2016-17.