After an ordinary IPL 2020 season, Chennai Super Kings have performed superbly in IPL 2021 after starting with a loss till the event was aborted due to the covid spread within bio-bubble. After much deliberations it has been confirmed by BCCI that the remaining 31 matches of the IPL will be completed in UAE in September- October windie just before the T20I World cup.
The CSK management is normally advanced planners and hence they will surely keep their strategy in place for the players that they want to retain in the 2022 edition.
Considering the this may well be Dhoni’s final IPL year as a player, the CSK are likely to retain the below 3 players before IPL 2022 auctions and then try to use the RTM card to get back two of their remaining prime performers.
Jadeja is, without doubt, their most dependable player in their squad apart from Dhoni and Raina and his growing all-around skills in batting, bowling and fielding makes him a valuable commodity. Since the Oval test in 2018, his batting seems to have gone from strength to strength across formats with his newfound confidence. His bowling continues to be formidable and he is currently the finest outfielder in the world with a sizzling throwing arm. With 131 runs and 6 wickets in the current edition , Jadeja will be the first player to be retained by CSK
Since his emergence as a swashbuckling player in 2011 IPL for CSK, the former South African captain has come a long way and is more wiser and stronger with experience. He is a vital cog in the CSK batting and has been outstanding in the last 3 years shaping up into a big match player. In the current edition, he is having a 64 average and 2nd in the highest run-getters list. He is also a sensational fielder in the deep. Therefore a certain retainee
Raina has played in every match in every IPL for CSK till he skipped the 2020 edition citing personal reasons. One of the all-time highest run-getters in IPL, Raina has been a hero in many CSK triumphs and though not at his absolute best, he is still a vital cog in CSK wheels. With the England players likely to miss phase 2 of IPL 2021, Raina is expected to be back at his productive number 3 spot which was held till date by a successful Moeen Ali in this edition. Thus it will be a surprise if Suresh Raina is not one of the direct retainees for CSK.