Coming back after working out the two-year suspension, filling out the groups with players who are in the wrong aspect of the 30s, being trolled as older age home and still managing to beat all odds and acquire the IPL, not everybody is going to have fairytale comeback since Chennai Super Kings experienced 2018.
However, the most crucial thing today is to combine on their achievement and defending their crown. Chennai Super Kings started their title defence ahead of their 2019 IPL from the only way they know as they retained the center that has been there for IPL 2019 and published only three players going in the IPL auction.
In the just-concluded IPL auction, Chennai needed only two Indian gamers and they stuffed the 2 spots by buying pacer Mohit Sharma for 5 crores and Rituraj Gaikwad for 20 lakhs.
With their squad set, allow us to look at the way Chennai Super Kings could line-up in the 2019 IPL.
Captain: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi.
Last year whilst everybody thought Murali Vijay will the batting for your Yellow Brigade, skipper MS Dhoni surprised everybody by making Ambati Rayudu, a batsman who has done well in the middle-order for Mumbai Indians, India, Hyderabad along with the rest of the teams he’s played for, start the innings and this move proved to be a masterstroke because Rayudu ended the tournament as the major run-getter for the team since he believed 602 runs in 16 games in an average of 43 last season. In all probability, Rayudu will open the batting for them in the upcoming season.
Shane Watson had a memorable coming season using Chennai Super Kings as he scored 555 runs in 15 innings at an average of almost 40. Who can forget his match-winning century from Sunrisers Hyderabad in the closing of2018 IPL? Being a retired global, Watson is going to be available for the whole tournament and that may offer him the nod over Faf du Plessis to open the batting with Rayudu.
From the 11 seasons he has played so far, Suresh Raina, lovingly called Chinna Thala, has crossed the 350-run mark in a season on nine events and with 4985 runs in 176 matches at an average of 34.3, Suresh Raina has rightly got the tag Mr. IPL.
Ever since the beginning of the IPL, Raina has been the back of this Chennai Super Kings batting line-up and has won a few matches for them . Raina is not a part of the Indian ODI team now and is unlikely to make it to the national side for the World Cup. His availability for the entire tournament won’t be a problem for MS Dhoni’s guys and he’ll continue to bat at number three to the defending champions.
After Suresh Raina at the batting order is going to be skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Though Dhoni does not bat at number 5 or below for India in ODIs, he has pledged to bat up the arrangement for Chennai in the last IPL and the way he played was enough proof that the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman nevertheless has it in him to triumph at the high level. Last year, he scored455 runs in 16 matches in an average of almost 76 and also a strike-rate of over 150. After tasting a great deal of success, Dhoni is likely to bat at number 4 to Chennai yet again.
In the past IPL auction, Chennai Super Kings spent a lot of cash on Kedar Jadhav and sadly, all he could manage to play was one game as he suffered a hamstring injury from the very first match of the season and was ruled out of action for the next three-four months. But, in the sole game he playedKedar, batting on just 1 leg, ensured that Chennai got their campaign off to a wonderful start by assisting them win their first game of the season against Mumbai Indians by scoring 10 runs off the final over. He is likely to bat at number five, his position in the Indian ODI side, for Chennai in 2019.
Dwayne Bravo has been a recognized match-winner for Chennai Super Kings ever since he joined them as he has won a great deal of matches for them together with both ball and bat. Bravo is Chennai’s designated departure bowler with the ball and with the bat, he has consistently scored some significant runs with the bat down the order. Being a retired international, Bravo is going to be accessible for the entire tournament.
Ravindra Jadeja is only the perfect player each captain desires in his team from the T20 format because he’s one of the rarest cricketers who may be termed as a complete package in T20 i.e, a player who will score runs with the bat, provide the skipper four overs with the ball and also adding to them, become an athletic fielder. Jadeja is one of the players Dhoni trusts which is clear from the choice to retain him play with him last season notwithstanding bad shape. Jadeja, batting at number seven provides Chennai a great deal of equilibrium in the batting order.
Chennai ought to consider themselves unlucky not to own Mitchell Santner last season as the Kiwi all-rounder hurt himself before the tournament and has been ruled out of action for the upcoming few months. Santner is a utility cricketer because he quietly goes to his job whenever he chooses the field. This year he will be accessible for the whole season as New Zealand Cricket has allowed their players to play the whole IPL despite the World Cup starting a few days after the conclusion of the tournament. Having someone like Santner in number eight shows the batting thickness Chennai possess within their line-up.
From the 2018 IPL, among the key reasons behind Chennai’svictory is that the performance of their fast bowler Deepak Chahar with the new ball and knowing his strengths, skipper MS Dhoni always finished his quota colorful performances within the eighth over once the ball is still new. Thanks to his victory from, Chahar made it to the national team went on to play a solitaryT20I for India. This year, he is going to be expected to replicate his Chennai super this past year and when he manages to accomplish this, chances of batsmen coming Kings keeping their name will be more. He can also be a useful batsman coming in at number nine.
From the 2018 IPL, among the key reasons behind Chennai’svictory is that the performance of their fast bowler Deepak Chahar with the new ball and knowing his strengths, skipper MS Dhoni always finished his quota of overs within the eighth over once the ball is still new. Thanks to his colorful performances, Chahar made it to the national team went on to play a solitaryT20I for India. This year, he is going to be expected to replicate his victory from this past year and when he manages to accomplish this, chances of Chennai Super Kings keeping their name will be more. He can also be a useful batsman coming in at number nine.
Chennai Super Kings went into the 2019 IPL auction to signal among Mohit Sharma or Jaydev Unadkat and eventually succeeded in getting their goal since they signed their prior pacer Mohit Sharma for five crores. With this, he’s likely to get the nod within Shardul Thakur in the playing XI as Mohit is still someone who has performed well for them before and in the same time, he is a better death bowler in comparison to Shardul. Additionally, this offers Chennai Super Kings that a opportunity to rotate their fast bowlers throughout the entire year.
South African pacer Lungi Ngidi is your pace spearhead for Chennai Super Kings since he joined them at the 2019 time and the team management will likely soon be hoping the same from him this season too. But