IPL 2021: Ravindra Jadeja will aim to set up winning displays for CSK.© Instagram
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) held in the United Arab Emirates in 2020 was a game-changer for one of the most cohesive teams in the history of the event, Chennai Super Kings. The contingent led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni never really recovered from a bad start, unavailability of players, fear of the virus and a collective failure to acclimate to foreign conditions. However, the depth and quality of leadership in the CSK team cannot be underestimated for long and with the return of a rejuvenated Dhoni to their ranks, the franchise will aim to regain its authority and script another epic journey this season. .
The IPL 2021 auction saw CSK rope like Krishnappa Gowtham, Moeen Ali, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Verma and C Hari Nishaanth. Off-spinning all-rounders, Gowtham and Moeen were particularly strong points of the CSK tender process. However, Pujara, the mainstay of the Indian Test team, was a surprise choice by the CSK contingent.
Suresh Raina, popularly known as “ Chinna Thala ” among his Chennai fan base, will return after an abrupt end to his IPL 2020 for personal reasons. CSK also traded Robin Uthappa, who may well address franchise openness issues following Shane Watson’s retirement after IPL 2020.
England international Sam Curran surprised everyone with his hard-hitting batting performance to go along with his four influential over-spells at the start and end of an inning. CSK may not have ended the tournament with fond memories, but Ruturaj Gaikwad gave several reasons for the franchise to look forward to the new season with his three fifties trotting at the end of the tournament.
Journey last season:
CSK finished in seventh place with 12 points up their sleeve after 14 games, their worst IPL season as they failed to advance to the playoffs for the first time since the tournament began.
With the return of the IPL to India, CSK can pick up where it left off in the 2019 IPL and perhaps a little further, in its attempt to clinch a fourth IPL title.
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