Here’s a look at the ideal XI playing for the Chennai Super Kings as the Ravindra Jadeja-led side begin their title defense in 2022.
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad
After taking the Orange Cap in 2021 with 635 runs, Gaikwad was retained for Rs. 6 crore for the auctions. The Maharashtra batter continued his prolific point score in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with 259 runs in five games, including three in the 1950s, hitting a whopping four centuries in five games in the Vijay Hazare Trophy for his 603 runs in the tournament .
2. Devon Conway
The New Zealand batter took the world by storm when he hit a double-hundred on Test debut against England at Lord’s. Conway has an average of 63.91 in the longest format, 75.00 in three ODIs and 50.16 in 20 T20Is he has played to date. CSK landed the left-hander for its base price of Rs. 1 crore and will back him to open the innings with Gaikwad.
3. Ambati Rayudu
Rayudu’s most recent appearance in competitive cricket was in the 2021-22 Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he scored 143 runs in five appearances for Andhra. The seasoned campaigner had a lukewarm 2021 IPL with 257 runs averaging 28.55. However, Rayudu won the clock on his 72-ball 72 against Mumbai Indians, prompting CSK to tie him back for Rs. 6.75 million euros.
FILE PHOTO: Ambati Rayudu had a lukewarm 2021 IPL with 257 runs at an average of 28.55. – SPORTZPICS
4. Robin Uthappa
The 2014 Orange Cap holder made useful contributions when it mattered most in 2021 IPL, scoring a match-winning 63 against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 and a 15-ball 31 in the final against KKR to add CSK to its fourth title to help. This was a much needed turning point in Uthappa’s fortunes as he had a 2020 horror season with Rajasthan Royals, averaging just 16.33 over 12 matches.
5. MS Dhoni (wk)
After handing over the reins of the team to Ravindra Jadeja, Dhoni will turn his attention to his own form, which has been poor for the past two seasons. The 40-year-old scored just 314 runs in 2020 and 2021 combined, averaging 20.93 and scoring 112.54. Nevertheless, his acumen, experience and skills behind the stumps will be crucial to the team’s title defense.
6. Moeen Ali
The England all-rounder was a vital cog in CSK’s title-winning campaign in 2021, scoring 357 runs with a healthy strike rate of 137.3 and taking six wickets with a commendable economy rate of 6.35. He followed it up with another brilliant all round show at the 2021 T20 World Cup, scoring half a century in the semi-finals and taking seven wickets at 5.5 runs per over.
FILE PHOTO: Moeen Ali’s all-round ability will be crucial for Chennai Super Kings entering IPL 2022. – SPORTZPICS
7. Ravindra Jadeja (c)
The newly appointed captain will face IPL 2022 in rich form, including an unbeaten 175 and nine wickets against Sri Lanka in the first Test. He marked his return from injury with two match-winning cameos in the T20I series against the Lankans. In IPL 2021, Jadeja scored 227 runs at a mind-boggling average of 75.66 and picked 13 wickets at 7.06 runs per over.
8. Dwayne Bravo
The franchise bought the West Indian back for Rs. 4.4 crore for his skills with the ball in the death overs. Bravo took nine wickets at 8.86 runs one over on death in IPL 2021 and scalped a total of 14 wickets at 7.81. In the three innings he batted, Bravo played two blinding cameos that helped the team win both games.
9. Adam Milne
The Kiwi speedster can rattle any opponent with his pace, but has yet to make his mark in the IPL and on the international stage. He has played just nine games since his IPL debut in 2015, taking three wickets in four games for Mumbai Indians in 2021. In the Over-50 Ford Trophy, Milne was Central Districts second-highest wicket-taker with nine wickets in six matches at 4.83 runs an over.
FILE PHOTO: New Zealand pacer Adam Milne could spearhead the Chennai Super Kings pace attack in IPL 2022. – SPORTZPICS
10. KM Asif
The Kerala pacer was bought back by the Super Kings for a base price of Rs. 20 lakh after making his IPL debut with CSK in 2018. Asif has taken four wickets in three matches in the IPL while running an over at 11.38. In 2021-22 SMAT, Asif took three wickets in four matches for Kerala with an economy of 8.53.
11. Tushar Deshpande
Deshpande impressed with two four 37 on IPL debut for Delhi Capitals in 2020, picking three wickets in five matches that season. Although he had no IPL exposure in 2021, the Mumbai pacer had a good run in SMAT 2021-22, taking eight wickets in four matches with seven runs per over and scalping three in two games in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
|Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Robin Uthappa, KM Asif, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, N Jagadeesan, Hari Nisha Senth, Subhranshu , Mukesh Choudhary, Simarjeet Singh, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Bhagath Varma, Prashant Solanki, Chris Jordan, Dwaine Pretorius, Devon Conway, Adam Milne, Mitchell Santner.|