Just two more days for the big tournament ahead . Now we are going to preview the most qualified Team in the entire IPL tournament history except for one bad season which was IPL 2020.In previous year, IPL CSK struggled a lot but able to get the sparks of Ruthuraj Gaikwad, jagadeesan, Sam Curran and the batting form of Ravindra Jadeja . In this year 2021, they have come up with plenty of options in Indian Line up , especially by picking up the experienced opener like Uthappa via Trade. It will be a big option for the Team , if they fail to fire in the early stage of the Tournament , with Suresh Raina back to its position filled the void of batting line up for the Team.
In this auction , the ultimate aim was to pick the overseas allrounder with strong batting ability , so they tried to pick Maxwell till some extent ,to fulfill the same option CSK Picked Moeen Ali who has the ability to bowl four overs and also can contribute to the Team at any position .Then , an Indian allrounder Gowtham who was also a good option and a proper back up for Ravindra Jadeja . There are some exciting new faces like Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma , Hari Nishanth are some domestic talents, there are chances CSK might prefer to use Harishankar reddy in playing XI as a X factor in the middle of the Tournament to test the bench Strength.
Will Moeen Ali get a Chance for opening ?
CSK Management is the Team , which always used to get the best out of the player . From my perspective there are some chances that CSK prefer Moeen Ali to open the Innings along with Faf or Ruthuraj Gaikwad . Because if we pick Moeen Ali to bat down the order there was no scope for him , since CSK have a stronger lower batting order with the line up of Sam curran, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja which has two left hander options who used to clear the fence in death overs. Moeen Ali has some experience in the opening position also opened for Team England in past years. Though it’s a harsh call for the youngsters like Gaikwad, Jagadeesan they might get a chance on Rayudu’s position in the playing XI .But if he prefers to get these two sparks they have to rest Rayudu in the playing XI.
Unavailable Players for CSK in First Match:
There are few players unavailable for CSK’s first match , yet they have to join the Team in Mumbai in the bio -bubble environment . Players like Santner , Tahir , Lungi Ngidi were unavailable for the first match also we knew that Josh Hazelwood unavailable for the entire season of IPL 2021. According to sources , the available four overseas players were Bravo, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Faf Du plesis.
Will Shardul Thakur Join the CSK Squad?
Also , we did not see the presence of Shardul Thakur in the practice session till date from the social media handle , if he is serving the quarantine from Monday he might also be unavailable for the first match due to restricted rules for Covid from BCCI.After the England series , he did not join the bio bubble of CSK prefered to go to his hometown . Also, before three days we saw the post of him with his new car Thar . So , till now there is no information about his presence in Bio-Bubble. There are chances that he might prefer to join in the second or third match since he has to serve the quarantine restrictions in Mumbai. We are predicting he might be unavailable but we are not sure about his presence until it is confirmed by the Team management .If he is unavailable , they will prefer to have speedster Harishankar Reddy to replace him.
Possible Playing XI:
It’s very difficult to read the Mastermind of MsDhoni to predict the playing XI with a lot of options , it will be a headache for the Team to choose the right players at the right time. But , the captain had an excellent skill to get the best playing XI from the available squad.Either Gowtham or Karn Sharma will get a chance in Playing XI, Team might prefer to have Gowtham since there are lot of left handers in the middle for Delhi Capitals like Hetmeyer, Pant . So approximately the possible XI for CSK
- Faf Du Plessis
- Moeen Ali
- Suresh Raina
- Ambatti Rayudu
- MS Dhoni
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Sam Curran
- Dwayne Bravo
- Krishnappa Gowtham
- Deepak Chahar
- HariShankar Reddy