IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Captaincy Options CSK Can Target In The Mini-Auction

The Chennai Super Kings released as many as 8 players from their squad of IPL 2022 ahead of the IPL 2023 mini-auction. The four-time champions even let go of champion all-rounder Dwayne Bravo who recently turned 39 of age. There is another older player in their squad, MS Dhoni, who is 41 currently, and whose replacement CSK should seek when going into the IPL 2023 auction. The IPL 2023 season is most likely to be the last IPL tournament for Dhoni.

Kane Williamson

Retained for 14 crores and given faith as a captain, Kane Williamson was surprisingly released by the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Williamson has had a disappointing year in T20 cricket - his strike rate of 109 in T20 cricket this year has come under heavy scrutiny and criticism - and perhaps it was his 14 crore retention price also which SRH felt too much now, and they might want to buy him back in the auction.

Ben Stokes

You won’t be able to name a more fiery competition than Ben Stokes, the current England Test captain. Having retired from ODI cricket and commanding a superb home England Test summer, Stokes is all but certain to enter the IPL 2023 mini-auction. The all-rounder recently played a crucial role with both bat and ball in England winning the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Stokes played alongside MS Dhoni in his debut season in IPL 2017 for Rising Pune Supergiant; Stokes was named the Player of the Tournament for making significant contributions to Pune’s progress till the final.

Jason Holder

Jason Holder was another player whose name in the released list came as a surprise: the lanky seam-bowling all-rounder picked claimed 14 wickets in 12 matches for LSG in IPL 2022 and was used too low in the batting order by Lucknow. Holder has been a seasoned campaigner for West Indies and is now in the IPL too. His reign as the West Indies captain was inspirational; he was named their skipper at the age of only 23 when the team was in tumultuous times. Holder dragged the West Indies into some positivity from the front with individual brilliance as an all-rounder, and also as a superb leader.