With the auction for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) set to take place tomorrow, all eyes will be on Chennai for the event. However, for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise, their captain MS Dhoni and head coach Stephen Fleming won’t be able to attend the same.
CSK had a below-par IPL season by their standards last season. It was the first time ever that they finished outside the playoff spots. Their batting line-up did not come together as a unit throughout the season and the side was never able to get the right winning team combination. Their bowling attack, while not too effective, were decent. Their fielding was found wanting at times as well with age catching up on a lot of players. There would therefore, be a need to stay busy at tomorrow’s auction.
Dhoni and Fleming to stay connected digitally
CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanath spoke to InsideSport about Dhoni and Fleming’s availability and said, “They (Fleming and Dhoni) are not coming to Chennai for IPL Auctions but in today’s time, there are so many mediums to stay connected. They will be with us digitally.” Fleming won’t be able to make it because of the COVID-19 quarantine protocols which would require him to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival from New Zealand. Dhoni on the other hand, has never attended the auction in any season and it would be continue to be the same way tomorrow.
With regard to the retained and released players, CSK chose to release just 6 players which included one overseas player in the retired Shane Watson. They will thus have just one overseas slot to fill. Further, the franchise also signed Robin Uthappa from Rajasthan Royals (RR) during the trade window on an all-cash deal.