IPL 2021 will start in April this year, unlike the last time it had to be scheduled in September-November due to the global COVID 19 pandemic. The Chennai Super Kings suffered their worst performance in IPL 2020, and they will be eager to change the scenario in IPL 2021. CSK finished in 7th place in the IPL 2020 points table, their worst show ever in the tournament.
During the IPL 2021 auction, the franchisee led by MS Dhoni bought 6 players from his team. Krishnappa Gowtham was CSK’s most expensive purchase at Rs. 9.25 crore. Moeen Ali also made his way into Chennai Super Kings at Rs. 7 crores. With the latest CSK squad ready for IPL 2021, here we take a look at the Chennai Super Kings’ best-predicted XI for the IPL 2021 opener.
IPL 2021: Best XI of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) predicted
Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis recently announced his retirement from Test Cricket. Faf du Plessis is CSK’s most important overseas gem. Plessis will be the best option for Chennai Super Kings in first place. Even last season, Faf du Plessis was the best run-getter for Chennai Super Kings, scoring 449 points in 14 games at a 140+ strike rate. Therefore, Faf du Plessis is expected to be in CSK’s game XI in the 2021 IPL opener.
After the ouster of Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu is the best option in the opening category for Chennai Super Kings. The right handed batsman has the ability to perform under pressure. Rayudu was the Chennai Super Kings’ second-leading scorer last season, scoring 359 points in 12 games at a 127+ strike rate. Ambati Rayudu is a better option in the opening slot of CSK than Robin Uthappa.
Suresh Raina’s absence from IPL 2020 significantly affected the performance of the Chennai Super Kings. Raina, the top race scorer in IPL tournaments, must be one of the 11 players on the team. His presence will not only strengthen the stick of the Chennai Super Kings, but will also haunt the opposing team in the first game. At position one below, CSK has no better option than Suresh Raina, so he should be in Game 11.
CSK has spent a whopping Rs. 9.25 crore on Krishnappa Gowtham at IPL 2021 auction, so it will be a foolish move not to induct him in the first game. Kings XI Punjab allowed Krishnappa Gowtham to play just 2 games in the 2020 IPL, and the right-handed batsman played on a 155+ strike. He could only score 42 points in two games, but if he gave him more chances, he will catch the spotlight with his performance. Inducting Krishnappa Gowtham in the first game will also boost his confidence in the tournament.
MS Dhoni has announced his retirement from international cricket and the IPL tournament is the only league where the Indian legend can showcase his skills. No one can drive CSK better than MS Dhoni at the moment. Moreover, MS Dhoni is the best option for the team wicket keeper.
England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali was the only foreign player CSK bought in the 2021 IPL auction. CSK only had one spot available for a foreign player and the franchisee went ahead with Moeen Ali. Moeen Ali has been spending a lot of time on Asian soil lately while touring England in Sri Lanka and India. England’s ongoing tour of India in 2021 will provide more training for all-rounder Moeen Ali on Indian soil. This will help him in the next IPL 2021 tournament.
Ravindra Jadeja is currently injured and is out of the India vs England Test series 2021. With her quickfire hitting style and bowling spin, Ravindra Jadeja serves as a bonus player in the squad. In the last IPL season, Jadeja scored 232 runs in 11 innings at a superb 171+ strike rate. He’s been in great shape since then and his inclusion will add advantages to CSK in the batting and bowling department.
Dwayne Bravo, versatile from the West Indies, is an integral part of the CSK franchisee and has been with the team for over 10 years. He was ruled out midway through the IPL 2020 due to a groin injury and was only able to play 6 games. Due to his absence in the final season, Bravo will be set to show his magic in IPL 2021. He is an excellent bowler to death and has the ability to hit long shots while hitting. He will be a key player for CSK to start the IPL 2021 adventure on a winning note.
Deepak Chahar has become over time one of the main stimulators of the Chennai Super Kings. Last season he took 12 wickets in 14 matches. After Sam Curran, Chahar was the main wicket taker for CSK. Its economy of 7.61 is also a commendable statistic to watch. Chahar will be a good option in Game 11 as a full time bowler.
Shardul Thakur will be another good choice in the bowling department. He was part of the Indian ODI and T20I team in the Border-Gavaskar 2020-21 Trophy. He’s still a part of the national team, which proves his bowling skills. He will be of great help to Deepak Chahar in the bowling department.
South African pacer Lungi Ngidi will be the best option for CSK in the overseas category to support the bowling department. He has good rhythm in his bowling, which will help dominate the batsmen. In addition to the addition of Lungi Ngidi to the bowling department, CSK will have a spectacular bowling attack in the opener.