Chennai Super Kings were once popularly called the Manchester United of the IPL. They were the only team (until the last season) to have qualified for the playoffs every season in which they participated. CSK were known for their clinical displays and had a gun team each time they stepped on to the field. But their juggernaut came to a halt in IPL 2020 when their team was found wanting on all counts. CSK will love to bolster their squad with key players whom they can acquire during the IPL 2021 auction.
We at StumpsandBails look at 5 players whom CSK can buy in IPL 2021 auction:
#5 Dawid Malan
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the participation of Dawid Malan in the IPL. Malan is currently the top-ranked T20I batsman. There will be a lot of teams who will be looking to acquire his services. CSK’s willingness to back established talent is well known. It won’t come as a surprise if they go all out to pursue Dawid Malan in IPL 2021 auctions.
#4 Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc is undoubtedly one of the best limited-overs fast bowlers of his generation. His sheer pace, ability to pick up wickets both upfront and at the death make him an unstoppable force. He had a stellar IPL season in 2015 with RCB when he single-handedly took the team to the playoffs. He hasn’t participated in subsequent IPL seasons and CSK may well benefit from having Starc in their lineup. He is an undeniable X-factor player.
#3 Chris Morris
Royal Challengers Bangalore continue to amuse fans and experts alike with their decision to retain and release players. In what seems a bizarre move, the franchise has released hard-hitting all-rounder Chris Morris from the squad. CSK may well benefit from this gesture as Morris’s presence in the lower middle order will add firepower to the unit. Morris is handy with the ball too and is a proven wicket-taker.
#2 Steve Smith
Steve Smith had a pretty ordinary IPL 2020 and failed to lead his team into the playoffs. Owing to this, the Rajasthan Royals franchise decided to part ways with Steve Smith. This move could potentially be a boon for Smith as there will be many teams who will be willing to punt on the Aussie batting superstar. CSK will surely be benefited from Smith’s presence in the top order which for now looks pretty vulnerable.
#1 Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell was the hot pick during IPL 2020 and KXIP paid a bomb to acquire him in the auctions. But Maxwell had a poor season wherein he failed to score even a single 6 throughout the competition. This prompted the KXIP franchise to release Maxwell from their squad. Maxwell can be an interesting prospect for CSK considering the batting woes they currently seem to have. He can be used as a floater and if given complete freedom, Maxwell can well prove to be the game-changer CSK require so badly.