CSK To Bid for Smith or Maxwell? IPL 2021


After playing the worst season ever in the IPL season, Dhoni’s CSK should comeback stronger this year. What will be the strategy of Dhoni’s Super Kings ? Let’s discuss

In the 13th edition of Indian Premier League CSK performed their worst ever performance. For the first time they couldn’t qualify for playoffs and finished the league at 7th position. The main reason behind this fault was the average age of the team was  too much high. With these over aged players they managed to win the title in 2018 and became runners-up in 2019 but in 2020  they really flopped. Now these year they will be target some youngsters in the upcoming auction for making their squad more impact.

Bowling Department:

From the  retained squad it is confirmed they have Chahar, Thakur, Asif and Bravo, Curran, Josh Hazlewood ,Lungi Ngidi as overseas. They have balanced Indian and overseas seamers, so will not give too much interest in seamers. In the spin department they already released Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla.

They will be looking for off spinner as well as leg spinner. Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma both are leg spinners so Gowtham is the best option for them as an off spinner. Gowtham can turn the ball as well as played a cameo role as a batsman in the lower order. Otherside, they may go for mystery spinner Mujeeb UR Rahman who is released by KXIP this year.

Batting Department:

Now let us look at the batting department. The batting department is not so  much stronger yet. They also have experienced players but should need some young bloods. For opening pair Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du plessis is set. Robin Uthappa is likely their backup, traded from Rajasthan Royal for 3 crore rupees. At no 3 Suresh Raina and at 4 Ambati Rayudu is allotted.

At no. 5 skipper MS Dhoni and the lower middle is included with all rounders like  Jadeja, DJ Bravo and Sam Curran. But they should need atleast 2 or 3 good middle order batsman yet . They need backups for middle order batsman. They may go for  Md. Azharuddeen who  played very well in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy.

They have only 1 foreigner slot so they should choose perfect overseas player with accurate calculation. They may go for Glenn Maxwell or Steve Smith. Glenn Maxwell is perfect at no 6 and also can bowled some overs. Other hand Steve Smith is very good option at no. 4 . Captain  MS Dhoni also shared dressing rooms in the year 2016 and 2017 at Rising Pune Supergiants. So he knew how Steve Smith interacts with other players, how he thinks about game.  David Malan may be another option as replace of Shane Watson at opening. 

After the trading of Robin Uthappa they have 6 slots remaining. So they would like go for 2 or 3 batsmen and 2 spinners and 1 seamers but it is expected that they should not spend too much money on seamers as they have a strong seam department.


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