3 Players Who Can Captain CSK In IPL 2020 If MS Dhoni Gets Injured: Chennai Super Kings has been the most successful team in IPL history. Right from the first season of the world’s grandest T20 league, the south Indian franchise has seemed to be unstoppable. They have qualified for the second round in all the seasons that they have played while MS Dhoni and co. have even won the tourney thrice in IPL history. They stand only behind Mumbai Indians in terms of winning the IPL trophy.
Talking about MS Dhoni now, the skipper has led his team to perfection. He has marshaled his troops well and always shown faith in his players. This is the reason why Chennai has retained its core group of players in every game. They make very few changes to their lineup but in IPL 2020, the Super Kings may have to use the rotation policy as a lot of players are aged above 35 now. MS Dhoni has been away from the field since the 2019 World Cup and there is a lot of uncertainty over his fitness levels. Here are the 3 players who can lead CSK in Dhoni’s absence.
1. Shane Watson
Former Australian skipper, Shane Watson joined Chennai Super Kings in 2018. He hit a match-winning hundred in the final of 2018 and then once again took his team near the win in the 2019 IPL final. Before playing for CSK, Watson played for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
He even led the Rajasthan Royals in one of the IPL seasons. Having led an IPL team and played so much cricket in the Indian conditions, the Chennai Super Kings team management can trust him to lead the team when MS Dhoni is injured or unavailable to play.
2. Faf du Plessis
South African skipper Faf du Plessis seems to have lost his golden touch in terms of captaincy. The right-handed batsman though continues to be the biggest name in South African cricket. He has been with MS Dhoni since he made his IPL debut and he even played with the former Indian skipper during their time at the Rising Pune Supergiants.
The dugout has a lot of faith in the Protea player’s captaincy skills. He has an immense amount of captaincy experience which is why the team can bank on him when the squad’s main leader is out of action.
3. Suresh Raina
The vice-captain of Chennai Super Kings, Suresh Raina is fondly known as China Thala because he has always had back of MS Dhoni in the Chennai Super Kings team as well as the Indian cricket team. He has captained the Indian T20I team when the team used to be without MS Dhoni and Raina has also led Chennai in the past.
Just like Dhoni, the left-handed batsman from Uttar Pradesh has played for CSK in all the seasons that the franchise has played. He knows a lot about the wicket at Chepauk. In fact, Raina holds the second position in the list of highest run getters in IPL history which showcases the incredible amount of experience that he possesses. Having even played the skipper’s role for Gujarat Lions and taken them to the top of the points table in the IPL, there is no reason why CSK team management will not consider him as a viable captaincy pick.