The second most successful team in the IPL, the Chennai Super Kings would probably release the West Indian great Dwayne Bravo. Dwayne Bravo has been a valuable asset of the CSK team. He has been one of the Chennai Super Kings’ most devoted employees. Picked up in the IPL 2011 auctions, the West Indian has been with the club ever since, with the exception of two years in 2016 and 2017 when he played for Gujarat Lions.
Bravo is CSK’s leading wicket-taker, with 127 wickets in 113 games, and one of the top ten run-scorers. The all-rounder has also earned the franchise’s Purple Cap thrice. However, the 37-year-old has struggled with form and fitness in recent seasons. On that point, here are five players CSK should look for in the IPL 2022 auction if Dwayne Bravo is released.
So far, the English bowling all-rounder has 30 wickets at a strike rate of 14.67 in 21 IPL games. Although he is not a T20 contender for England, Woakes possesses a few qualities that might fit well with CSK. While he excels when bowling in the power play, the Englishman has also improved his death bowling skills. Woakes is no slouch with the bat, having recorded the highest test score of 137* in Tests. Woakes, who is now the No.4 all-rounder in One-Day Internationals, has enough experience to fill the void left by a legend like Bravo.
Chris Jordan was initially intended as a bowling all-rounder in Tests and ODIs, but with an excellent yorker and variations in his arsenal, he is now a death bowling specialist for England. He is an amazing fielder as well as a useful hitter in the tail. Jordan will be the ideal replacement for Bravo in every way. He will bowl primarily during the death overs and bat only on rare occasions, similar to Bravo. Jordan is a stronger bet in terms of fielding than the West Indian. As a result, if CSK release Dwayne Bravo, he should be one of the players they target in the IPL 2022 super auctions.
Jason Holder, the current No. 2 Test all-rounder, has progressively increased his popularity in the T20 format. The West Indian skipper excelled with both the bat and the ball for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL 2020. This was crucial as SRH made the playoffs that season. Holder and Bravo are nearly identical in terms of what they bring to the table. Yes, Holder has only played 20 Twenty20 Internationals so far, but he is still under 30 and has many years ahead of him. Holder is also superior in terms of fitness than Dwayne Bravo.
If CSK decides to release Dwayne Bravo, one of the players CSK should target in the IPL 2022 super auctions is Jimmy Neesham. Although he will not be a like-for-like replacement, Neesham will provide greater stability in the bottom middle order and has the potential to grow into a T20 specialty bowler. The Kiwi’s T20 statistics demonstrate his propensity to be an aggressor in the lower order. So far, he has appeared in 29 games and scored 348 runs at a 21.60 average. His strike rate, on the other hand, is 157.28. This is exactly what a No.7 batter is meant to do. He has also taken 18 wickets throughout his stay, adding to his credentials as a multi-utility player.
In IPL 2020, the Kiwi pacer bowled only 19.5 overs but grabbed six wickets at an economy rate of 7.46. He had a positive impact on the games he played for KKR last season. Despite this, the bowler is yet to play in the IPL 2021. Lockie, the 2019 World Cup’s second-highest wicket-taker, is noted for his sheer speed and clever variations. Lockie has 24 wickets in 13 T20Is, at an average of 13.16 and an economy of 6.86. While he may not be a terrific batsman, if there is one person who can totally replace ‘Bravo the bowler,’ it is Lockie Ferguson. Also, CSK is in desperate need of a genuine quick.