The Chennai Super Kings have been going through a rough time during the IPL 2020 as they failed to advance to the playoffs for the first time in history. MS Dhoni’s side finished seventh in the points table and although they finished the tournament with three consecutive wins, their campaign was marred from the start. Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina withdrew from the tournament after 13 team members were infected with the coronavirus. Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad were the two players infected with the coronavirus. Along with Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina, the Chennai Super Kings have lost two of their most experienced players. MS Dhoni also struggled with his stick and he failed to match his final prowess he showed in 2018.
With the retirement of Shane Watson, the Chennai Super Kings team must now fill some vacancies. As the 2021 IPL auction approaches, the Chennai Super Kings have the lowest auction price at just Rs 15 lakhs. It will make sense for the MS Dhoni team to release a few players and make sure they get new blood in the camp as they prepare for the mega-overhaul in 2022 with the IPL mega-auction. Here is an explanation of the players who could be selected and released from the Chennai Super Kings franchise, three times IPL champions.
The Chennai Super Kings team in IPL 2020
MS Dhoni (captain), Ambati Rayudu, K Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Jagadeesan Narayan, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Monu Singh, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina, Josh Hazlewood, Piyush Chawla, R Sai Kishore, Sam Curran.
Players who could be selected
The players who could be selected by the Chennai Super Kings as the 2021 IPL approaches are MS Dhoni, Sam Curran, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur. Although Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh have withdrawn from the tournament, there is a big question mark over Harbhajan Singh as to whether he will be selected by Chennai Super Kings. Suresh Raina could be selected as he will be a vital stick player for the Chennai Super Kings squad.
Players who could be released
Since the minimum base price for a player is Rs 20 lakh, the Chennai Super Kings purse of Rs 15 lakh will not even allow them to bid. Recently, it was reported that the Chennai Super Kings have left Kedar Jadhav, indicating that he may be released. Kedar Jadhav had a bad IPL 2020 and his fitness issues proved to be a major obstacle. According to a report on InsideSport, figures such as Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir and Dwayne Bravo could be released.
Piyush Chawla was the most expensive buy in the 2020 IPL auction at Rs 6.5 crore and its release could give the Chennai Super Kings some breathing space to buy at auction. Karn Sharma was also bought for Rs 5 crore while Kedar Jadhav was bought for Rs 7.8 crore. If they release these three players and Shane Watson also retires, Chennai Super Kings will have enough funds to build a squad from scratch.