Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings(CSK)

CSK will be one of the franchises who needs to rebuild their team from its scarp to make a massive comeback via the IPL 2021 auction. After getting ousted in the league phase itself in IPL 2020 CSK likely to make alterations in its playing XI.

The expectations towards IPL will never get low for cricket fans. Before getting into IPL 2021 let us have an overview of the IPL 2020 which has been played in UAE owing to the COVID19 pandemic in India.

Mumbai Indians won the IPL 2020 and added the fifth trophy in their lobby. CSK for the first time in IPL history failed to enter the playoff this season and fails to satisfy the fans expectations. Let us hope for their pump back in this IPL season.

Apart from these major moves, IPL will always announce various kinds of Awards to honour the players at the end of every season. If you are not aware of these, check the IPL 2020 award winners list along with their prize amount details without fail.

CSK IPL 2021 auction Stats

After creating an unwanted record in IPL 2020 CSK seeks to make a better team ahead of IPL 2021. Chennai-based franchise seeks to build a better version of them by roping new young talented players for their franchise.

2018 IPL winner Shane Watson announced his retirement from all forms of cricket his place has been replaced by Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Shane Watson
Shane Watson

CSK wants a set of young stars who can carry their campaign for at least three seasons.

In IPL 2020 CSK tried with their new opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad and successfully made their replacement for Shane Watson. Dhoni gave Sam Curran back-to-back chances and made him as one of the best all-rounders.

Faf Sam Curran
Faf Sam Curran

As expected CSK officially announced the players whom they released and retained ahead of the IPL 2021 Auction.

Players retained by CSK

MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, Lungi Ngidi, Ambati Rayudu, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, and R Sai Kishore.

Players Released by CSK

The players released by CSK in IPL 2021 are as follows:

Piyush Chawla who costs Rs 6.75 crore, and opener Murali Vijay comes with a salary of Rs 2 crore were released by the franchise.

Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh, Monu Singh, and Shane Watson(retired).

New Players signed by CSK for IPL 2021

Robin Uthappa(Traded from Rajasthan Royals).

New Players brought by CSK in IPL 2021 Auction

  • England All-rounder Moeen Ali has been purchased for Rs. 7 Crores.
  • Krishnappa Gowtham has been roped for Rs. 9.25 Crores.
  • Harisankar Reddy roped for Rs. 20 Lakhs.
  • Bhagvath Varma roped for Rs. 20 Lakhs.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara roped for Rs. 50 Lakhs.

Will MS Dhoni continue to captain CSK?

In the last league match of IPL 2020, CSK skipper answered as “Definitely not” for the question regarding his IPL retirement. Though MSD confirmed to play for CSK in IPL 2020 the major question arises is regarding him as captain.

Does Faf du Plessis replace MSD as CSK skipper?

Cricket experts predict that in order to make a better CSK Dhoni would guide a new skipper while playing along with the team. This is not the first time Dhoni did so. While stepping down from Indian skipper MSD played under Virat Kohli’s captaincy to guide Kohli under some circumstance.

Dhoni Faf du Plessis
Dhoni Faf du Plessis

In a recent interaction on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected between Sanjay Bangar and Irfan Pathan. Bangar said that MS Dhoni might not be the captain for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021.

“I feel that MS Dhoni may not be the captain next year and may play as a player and give the captaincy at this stage to Faf du Plessis for the transition to happen under Faf du Plessis. Because as of now, they do not have any other option as a captain, and if you talk outside the team, in the auction or in the trading, none of the teams would be releasing a player who has the capability of becoming the captain of CSK,” Bangar said.

Final squad of CSK for IPL 2021

MS Dhoni (C & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, M Harisankar Reddy, K Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.

Also read: List of Players Released and Retained by ALL 8 Franchise in IPL 2021