Chennai Super Kings are one of the most successful teams in IPL history. Their consistency in the tournament is unparalleled and no team even comes close to this aspect. Although, Mumbai Indians are the most successful teams with 4 IPL trophies, CSK has managed to reach knock out rounds more than any other team.
Under the able leadership of MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings are once again ready to fight for title this season. After losing IPL 2019 final by just 1 run to Mumbai Indians at Hyderabad, Chennai are eager to win IPL 2020 and reclaim their position as the best team in IPL history.
So with that being said, let us look at the potential starting XI Chennai Super Kings could field in IPL 2020 which is scheduled in United Arab Emirates.
Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis has been one of the most consistent players for CSK over the past few years. However, he lost his place in South African national team. But a strong outing in this edition will definitely ensure his place in ICC T20 World Cup in India next year.
Considering, Shane Watson did not play much cricket after last IPL season, Faf du Plessis will slot in as overseas opener. It will be hard to overlook Shane Watson but du Plessis should be the prime candidate.
Ambati Rayudu is one of the vital cogs in CSK batting lineup. But the veteran cricketer failed to replicate his incredible performances of IPL 2018 in last season.
However, the experience and adaptability will give him head start at UAE this season. Should he fail, Chennai Super Kings already have Murali Vijay as backup in the opener’s role.
The most successful batter in Chennai Super Kings’ history, Suresh Raina will once again be the main stay for the team. His exploits play a major role in the team’s success. He is the backbone for Chennai’s batting order.
Suresh Raina has not played much cricket post IPL 2019. With corona crisis, most of the domestic cricket remained suspended over the past six months. Considering his class, Raina should be able to regain his touch before IPL begins.
It is a no brainer. Dhoni is the captain of the side and the tactical master brain behind CSK’s success over the years. The 39-year old is looking to make the most out of this season.
The fans are eagerly waiting to watch the legend back in action. A fruitful season will keep his doubters in check and boost his chances to play for India in the upcoming T20 world cup next year.
Jadjea has grown leaps and bounds in his career. He is arguably the most complete all rounder in Indian cricket at the moment. He can contribute across all three departments.
Chennai Super Kings will rely heavily on the capabilities of Jadeja as he remains their most important player. If he can replicate his form in this season, there will be a very good chance for Chennai to win their 4th IPL trophy.
Another big match player and an important allrounder, Dwayne Bravo has become a cult hero for Chennai Super Kings’ fans over the years. He played major role in helping the team to win multiple titles.
Although, he is on the fag end of his career, the team management believes there is still a lot Bravo can offer. He will be important for Chennai in UAE next month.
One of the most exciting young all rounders in world cricket, Sam Curran has made a name for himself. Over the past year, Curran has been a mainstay for England across formats. He would provide much needed impetus to this aging Chennai squad.
The talented youngster could contribute with both ball and bat. He along with Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja will improve the balance of the team and provide numerous options for MS Dhoni.
One of the best bowlers in IPL history, Piyush Chawla was one of the vital players for Kolkata Knight Riders in recent years. However, his experience in IPL will be a massive bonus for CSK this season.
Chawla could slot in as the lone full time spinner in this bowling attack. The 31-year old will hope to perform to his best levels to keep his place.
Shardul Thakur is one of the best pace bowlers in Indian cricket. The youngster has the talent but lacks consistency in international cricket.
But under the able leadership of MS Dhoni, he will be one of the stars in this bowling line up. An in form Shardul is a menace for any opposition and CSK fans hope he can perform to his potential.
Deepak Chahar is undoubtedly the best bowler for Chennai in IPL 2019. The talented swing bowler managed to provide breakthroughs with his skillful bowling inside the powerplay overs. He earned plaudits for fans and analysts alike during last season.
Initially a new ball bowler, Chahar has developed his death bowling skills as well. He will be the spearhead for Chennai Super Kings bowling in IPL 2020.
Hazlewood is one of the best pacers in the world in test cricket. However, he is yet to make his IPL debut. But this could be a season where he can showcase his skills.
After losing his T20 spot in Australian national team in 2016, Hazlewood is keen to make an impact. An outstanding IPL this year would help his chances to enter the squad for next year’s T20 world cup.
Chennai Super Kings Squad for IPL 2020: MS Dhoni (C), M Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Narayan Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Sai Kishore.