Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have kept their core team similar to the previous season after the franchise released just six players despite a disastrous season last year. CSK failed to make the playoff stage of the IPL last year, after finishing on the sixth place in the group stage.
Franchises are allowed to trade players ahead of the IPL auction in February. Teams can trade players till 4th February, which is the last date to make the transfers. Chennai have already made their first move after they traded in Robin Uthappa in an all-cash deal. Chennai Super Kings have just six spots remaining in their squad, and it is highly unlikely that they will trade in any further players ahead of the auction.
Released: Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Monu Singh, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay
Squad: MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Narayan Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore, Sam Curran, Robin Uthappa
Slots Remaining: 6 (1 overseas)
Here are the three players CSK can target in the trading window-
Basil Thampi is currently a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad after the franchise retained him for another year. However, SRH already have a plethora of Indian pace bowling options to choose from and it is unlikely that Thampi will get many opportunities in the 2021 season, unless the squad is hit by several injuries.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma are some of the Indian pacers in the SRH squad. Because of this reason, Thampi is a good target for CSK considering they have only two Indian fast bowlers in their squad who can play on a regular basis in the form of Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar.
Avesh Khan is another domestic fast bowler who will be targeted by several franchises who would like to add a few more options to their bowling lineup. Avesh Khan played just one match last season for Delhi Capitals who finished as the runner-ups to Mumbai Indians. Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Ishant Sharma are almost certain to feature in the playing XI provided they remain fit. This means that Avesh could possibly spend another season on the bench. Chennai could consider adding him to their bowling lineup in the trading window.
Vijay Shankar is currently a part of the Sunrisers squad. A season ago, he was one of the first names on the team sheet for Hyderabad. However, last season saw the emergence of Abdul Samad who can prove to be effective with the bat and the ball.
Jason Holder, who revived Hyderabad’s season towards the backend of IPL 2020, propelling them to a third place finish is likely to be the main all-rounder of the team. Chennai might consider brining in Vijay Shankar who can prove to be effective coming in from the middle order and can give a few overs up top or towards the end.