IPL 2022: The Best Playing XI For CSK
IPL 2022: MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will begin their title defence in IPL 2022 against the side that they best last time in the final, Kolkata Knight Riders. The tournament kicks off this Saturday at the Wankhede. The unavailability of bowling all-rounder Deepak Chahar for more than half of the season has given …
IPL 2022: MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will begin their title defence in IPL 2022 against the side that they best last time in the final, Kolkata Knight Riders. The tournament kicks off this Saturday at the Wankhede.
The unavailability of bowling all-rounder Deepak Chahar for more than half of the season has given CSK a massive headache to deal with. Chahar has been the best powerplay bowler since the 2018 IPL, and on whom CSK had splurged 14 crore in the mega-auction last month – apart from his wicket-taking knack with the new ball, Chahar also added batting depth to CSK’s line-up.
While CSK have plenty of options to choose from, they will have to brainstorm on the selection of the four overseas players.
Here’s CSK best possible XI:
Who will open with Ruturaj Gaikwad?
New Zealand’s Devon Conway is a sort of like-for-like replacement for Faf du Plessis and could open with Ruturaj Gaikwad, the Orange Cap winner of last season. However, Conway’s inclusion would mean that CSK won’t be able to field more than two overseas bowlers, and will have to rely heavily on their young, inexperienced Indian pacers – that could a risky ploy on good batting surfaces.
So, they are likely to go with either Robin Uthappa or Ambati Rayudu as Gaikwad’s opening partner.
The middle-order looks set with Moeen Ali at number three, continuing his aggressor’s role from last season, followed by Rayudu or Uthappa.
CSK could field a number of all-rounders: other than Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo, Shivam Dube seems a likely starter, especially in absence of Chahar. Skipper MS Dhoni is expected to bat at number 6 or 7 as he did most of the last season.
With the pitches expected to be pace-friendly and good for batting, Sri Lanka’s mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana and New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner will be benched for most of the season, with both Adam Milne and Chris Jordan getting games together. KM Asif looks to be the lone Indian pacer in CSK’s first eleven.
Young under-19 fast bowler Rajvardhan Hangargekar, and medium-pacer Tushar Deshpande could be used at some point if CSK play Conway instead of Milne or Jordan. Dwaine Pretorius could be also seen in the eleven when Bravo is rested as the 10-team tournament goes deep.
CSK’s best predicted XI:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (c,wk), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Adam Milne, KM Asif.