CSK has been a shadow of a dominant team they once were in this edition of IPL and with bleak chances of qualification to the play-offs, they are in desperate need to play all their cards right this mid-season transfer window and find the right team combination they seem to be lacking. The absence of Suresh Raina has proved to be fatal for the Chennai side and they need a suitable replacement for him.
Here are three players CSK could target this mid-season transfer window-
Ajinkya Rahane (Delhi Capitals)
Most of Chennai’s losses have been a result of an underperforming middle order with Kedar Jadhav proving out to be a liability for the squad time and again. CSK has been over-reliant on their top three batsmen and looked clueless after the top order falters. Thus, it is evident that CSK is in a dire need of a solid middle-order batsman who can anchor the innings in the middle overs and set the stage for finishers like Dhoni and Bravo. This is a perfect scenario for the ex- Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane who has close to 4000 IPL runs to his name including two hundreds at a decent average of 33.
His addition to the side will provide the CSK middle-order with some much-needed strength and depth. With a strong and consistent batting line-up that Delhi has, Rahane hardly fits into their side and is not likely to get any chances making him one of the key targets for CSK in the mid-season transfer window.
Chris Lynn (Mumbai Indians)
Mumbai Indians have a formidable batting line-up and have been in tremendous form in Dream 11 IPL. With Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock as their reliable openers, Chris Lynn doesn’t seem to fit in their plans. Lynn was a phenomenal asset to KKR and was instrumental in their success as he provided solid starts by scoring some quick runs at the top alongside Sunil Narine.
CSK will eye Lynn in the transfer window as his inclusion to the side will allow Faf du Plessis, their most consistent batsmen this season, to come in at number three and anchor the innings after a good start up front. Lynn was also the highest run-getter in last year’s T10 league in UAE and not only is he familiar with the conditions, but they are also tailor-made for him.
Parthiv Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Another opening option that CSK could go for this mid-season transfer window is Parthiv Patel. Patel was one of the most consistent performers with the bat for RCB and has 2848 runs in his 139 IPL games. But the emergence of Devdutt Padikkal as a dependable opener for RCB has left Parthiv with no option but to warm the bench.
His addition to CSK will also bring in invaluable experience at the top and will allow du Plessis to come in at number three which is expected to reduce CSK’s middle-order woes. With CSK sticking to their overseas combination of Shane Watson, du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo and Sam Curran, it only makes sense for them to go for an Indian alternative so as to avoid making drastic changes to their line-up.