What will be the best CSK playing 11 for the upcoming IPL 2021?

Team India has won against Australia in their home soil recently. After the England series in India, the big tournament will be IPL 2021. Last year Chennai Super Kings did not perform well. CSK is known for its consistency. From 2008 onwards CSK has played 11 seasons so far and they didn’t qualify in Play-Offs only two times.

Last year, Fans, Cricket Experts critisied CSK and MS Dhoni a lot for their poor performance and aged team selection. During IPL 2020 CSK last match, MS Dhoni said “Definitely Not.. A lot of things can be planned if there is no Lockdown”.

Chennai Super Kings has released 6 players for IPL 2021 mini auction. The players are Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla, Shane Watson, Murli Vijay, Harbhajan Singh and Monu Singh.

Although Shane Watson has taken retirement from all forms of Cricket and they have traded Robin Uthappa from RR through a cash deal.

So it means CSK has 7 slots available with 1 overseas slot. In an recent interview CSK management says they will look for a good overseas replacement for Shane Watson in IPL 2021.

In my opinion, CSK has aged players but they are very much experienced. If we exclude Imran Tahir and MS Dhoni then all the other players age is between 23 to 37. Only Imran Tahir and MS Dhoni are 40+ players. After they released Harbhajan Singh, CSK don’t have any off spinner in their team. So It means they will look for an Indian Off Spinner.

If we try to make a best CSK playing 11 for IPL 2021, then it will be like this.

PlayersType
1. Ruturaj GaikwadBatsman
2. Faf Du PlessisBatsman
3. Suresh RainaAll-Rounder (Spin)
4. Ambati RayuduBatsman
5. MS DhoniCaptain + Wicket-Keeper
6. Sam CurranAll-Rounder (Seam)
7. Ravindra JadejaAll-Rounder (Spin)
8. Dwayne BravoAll-Rounder (Seam)
9. Mitchell SantnerAll-Rounder (Spin)
10. Deepak ChaharBowler
11. Shardul ThakurBowler

Most probably, IPL 2021 Auction will be held in Chennai either on February 18 or on February 19. If they picked an overseas top-order batsman like David Malan, Aaron Finch, Gleen Maxwell, Jason Roy etc then the playing 11 will be different than this. In this playing 11, there is no off-spinner and a fast bowler. All are a medium-fast bowler and leg spinner. So in my opinion, CSK will be looking for an Indian off-spinner like K Gowtham and Overseas Fast Bowler like M Starc.

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