With the IPL auction coming up and retention policy announced, there is a new wave of excitement as teams now have to rebuild. We decided to formulate ten players CSK would go for in the auction. Before that, we have already speculated on the 5 players CSK will retain/match – M.S Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R. Ashwin, Faf Du Plessis , Dwayne Bravo.
So here are 10 players CSK will go for in the IPL auction.
I Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar is almost a must-have in the CSK franchise. With the home franchise advantage, the Tamil Nadu star is exactly what the yellow army will need alongside Ashwin and hopefully Jadeja completing the spin troika. Throw in some aggressive batting and Washington is indispensable for CSK.
Update- Washington has made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Mohali on 13th December raising his value at the auction table.
II Vijay Shankar
Another homeboy in the list, assuming the SRH camp lets go of the all-rounder owing to the restrictions, its likely Vijay will find himself in the auction. The all-rounder who recently received his test call-up has been in stellar form for Tamil Nadu and India A. His military medium pace gives the side tactical advantage. It won’t be easy to see him in yellow though, as this lad is sure to attract bids at the auction.
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III Jason Roy
Perhaps a little surprising, but Roy fits perfectly into CSK’s scheme of things. Right from Hayden to McCullum, an aggressive opener has been key to CSK’S success and Jason Roy is the new gen opener who can make life difficult in the first 6 overs. Also factor in his young age and CSK may be looking at a prospective investment.
Another option that can be considered in this slot is Coli Munro subject to KKR’s policy.
IV Evin Lewis
Another name that arises because of number crunching is Evin Lewis. Let’s face facts- CSK will find it difficult to get both McCullum and Dwayne Smith back in the auction. CSK can do well with overseas options to best replicate the same. Lewis has been destructive in the Caribbean Premier League averaging 41 at a strike rate of 184. He also already has 3 T20 centuries against his name.
Possible alternative here is Chadwick Walton.
V Jaydev Unadkat
Second leading wicket taker in the 2017 IPL, Unadkat is a pacey left armer who was instrumental in RPSG’s run to the final. With 24 scalps which included a five-wicket haul,Dhoni will be looking forward to continue keeping this exciting pace prospect from Saurashtra.
Possible alternative is Sandeep Sharma, but I guess it’s stretching the auction scenario a bit too far, which brings up our next player.
VI Chris Woakes
Well, this is more wishful thinking than anything else. Given KKR’s overseas strength,Woakes is likely to wind up in auction without being matched. Woakes scalped 17 wickets last year and is very capable with the bat averaging 30 at a strike rate of 144 in 7 T20 internationals. CSK may have to shed a few extra coins to nab this English star, but this may turn out to be the next Albie Morkel for CSK.
A possible alternative is Ben Stokes, but after retaining and/or matching five players, CSK may not be able to afford a 16-odd crore Stokes.
VII Ambati Rayudu
Mumbai Indians, as a result of a strong domestic bench, may see this veteran in the auction. With an IPL tally that includes 2416 runs which include 14 half centuries, Rayudu brings stability to an aggressive team. As squads rebuild from scratch, it is imperative to have experienced players to fall back on, should experimentation fail.
VIII Jalaj Saxena
Kerala unearthed treasure this Ranji as vetaran Jalaj Saxena led the wicket tally with 44 wickets at an average of 17.11 and scored 324 runs including 4 half centuries. Saxena’s rich form and his experience may prove a great tactical advantage for CSK.
Considering Raina and Fafdu Plessis are at 3 & 4, and MS Dhoni in his new avatar at 5, atleast one aggressive finisher has to be slotted at 6 before Bravo at 7. That brings us to our next candidate.
IX Corey Anderson
Corey Anderson may look like a mere shadow of his past self but there are still exciting prospects in this Kiwi all-rounder. The Delhi Daredevils player might almost go unnoticed in the auction in the midst of big names, but it’s only a matter of time he wields his hitting prowess yet again, and when he does, he’s hopefully in yellow.
X Deepak Hooda
Deepak Hooda is yet another capable all-rounder who is likely to feature in the auction as SRH may have their domestic retention sorted. Capable of taking on opposition bowling and also sending down useful spin, Hooda is one for the future. A strike rate of 140 only aids his cause. It won’t be easy though, as a lot of franchises would love to see Hooda walk into their side.
The ten players chosen were based on CSK’s proposed auction strategy, the team’s set core, numbers and a lot of wishful fan boy fascination from the writer. CSK has always won at the auction table and it will be interesting to see who all makeit this year. So, what are your suggestions? Who do you think should feature in yellow? Chris Morris? Pat Cummins? Feel free to let me know in the comments section.
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