Chennai Super Kings Analysis: Retained Players & Targets 

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali for IPL 2022. 

The IPL 2022 retention list has been released, with most teams keeping four players, the maximum amount stipulated by the IPL Governing Council.

Two more franchises will be added to the IPL in 2022. (from Ahmedabad and Lucknow). Most players will be auctioned off, bringing yet another spectacular auction in the cash-rich tournament, similar to the one held in IPL 2011.

After defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs, CSK is the IPL 2021 champions. This was their fourth championship, and they were only one behind the Mumbai Indians.

●  Ravindra Jadeja 

Ravindra Jadeja, a consistent left-arm spinner and dependable middle-order batsman, has turned into one of the best all-rounders in world cricket at the moment, across all forms.

The Key Man 

His fielding abilities are deserving of special mention. “Jadeja is a brilliant all-rounder and is worth 10 runs a game from his fielding alone,” said Michael Hussey, a former Australian batsman and current fielding coach with the Super Kings. Since joining the Super Kings in 2012, Jadeja has played a crucial role in the team’s title successes in 2014 (CL T20), 2018 (IPL), and 2021. (IPL). 

●  MS Dhoni 

MS Dhoni is a cricket legend, having won all three ICC global trophies – the World T20 in 2007, the Cricket World Cup (50-over) in 2011, and the Champions Trophy in 2013.

The One & Only Thala

His record as the all-time captain of the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL is as impressive: four titles, nine finals, and playoffs in all but one season. Apart from leading the side to two Champions League T20 titles in 2010 and 2014, he has done it all. From 2004 until 2019, the wicketkeeper-batsman had a spectacular international career, scoring over 17000 runs in three formats. He scored 10773 runs in One-Day Internationals, averaging over 50. The skipper of the Super Kings has appeared in 220 IPL matches, scoring 4746 runs and 23 half-centuries.

●  Ruturaj Gaikwad 

Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 635 runs in the IPL 2021, and he became the youngest player to earn the Orange Cap, contributing significantly to the Super Kings’ championship success.

Impressive Young Talent 

Ruturaj was also named the season’s Emerging Player of the Year. Ruturaj made his Super Kings debut in 2020, displaying flashes of his talent with three consecutive half-centuries at the close of the season. Ruturaj debuted for India in July 2021 during their tour of Sri Lanka, and he was also part of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand in November.

●  Moeen Ali 

The graceful English all-rounder is well-known for his bat-and-ball skills.

The Impactful Player 

Moeen, a temperamentally robust and adaptable batsman, made his mark in international cricket with an undefeated century against Sri Lanka in his second Test. Moeen Ali played 64 Tests for England, collecting nearly 3000 runs and taking 195 wickets before retiring in 2021. In T20 cricket, Moeen has scored over 4000 runs and taken over 100 wickets. He joined the Super Kings ahead of the 2021 season and quickly impacted Moeen, scored 357 runs, and took 6 wickets to help the team win the title. He’s also a World Cup winner in the ODI format (2019).

Some top players CSK should target for auction 2022

●  Yuzvendra Chahal

Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium is one of the world’s top spinners’ venues. Because they currently have two finger-spinners, indicating an opening for a genuine leg-spinner. Yuzvendra Chahal, an ace Indian cricketer, might be an excellent buy for the Chennai franchise in IPL 2022.

The 31-year-IPL old’s statistics are unrivalled, and he performed admirably in the most recent leg of the IPL 2021. Furthermore, he has a beautiful on-field bromance with Dhoni, which may be a plus.

●  Kagiso Rabada

Kagiso Rabada of South Africa, one of the most devastating pacers in all forms, might be a superb buy for CSK during the IPL 2022 auction. The Proteas pacer has done a commendable job for his previous franchise, the Delhi Capitals (DC), in the last couple of years. 

The Super Kings have let go of all their fast bowlers, which might turn out to be an excellent window for someone like Rabada. Nevertheless, KG will surely turn out to be a hot property at the auction pool. 

●  Rahul Tripathi

After losing their core Indian players in Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, and Robin Uthappa, the Chennai Super Kings want middle-order batters. In this circumstance, Rahul Tripathi could be an appealing choice for MS Dhoni and his teammates.

In IPL 2021, the Maharashtra player had a strong showing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), scoring several match-winning runs later in the tournament. He did, however, previously play with MSD for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants in 2016-17. 

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