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IPL 2020 : Is Dawid Malan on Chennai Super Kings radar to replace Suresh Raina ?

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team is planning to do a coup of sorts in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). There are few discussions going in CSK camp on the name of Dawid Malan of England. 

Malan who has recently secured number 1 position in the ICC Men’s T20 International player rankings is on the radar of CSK as a possible replacement for Suresh Raina. 

33 year old Malan had emerged as the leading scorer of the three-match series against the Aussies, in which he accumulated 129 runs while batting at a strike rate of 138.70. 

‘These are just discussions, nothing has been finalized as such. Malan is a very accomplished T20 player. He is also a left hander like Raina. But team management hasn’t taken any final call on whether to call for Raina’s replacement or not’, said the CSK team source on condition of anonymity. 

IPL 2020 : Why Malan can be a great choice for CSK ?

Batting at number three, Malan has been sensational in his 16-game old T20 career, scoring 682 runs, including an unbeaten hundred, at an average of 48.71. Without any doubt, Malan in the current circumstances in CSK camp can be a great choice.

 – Malan is currently in a great form
– Like Raina, Malan bats at number 3
– Like Raina, Malan bats left handed 

The only thing which goes against Malan’s name as replacement for Raina is – that picking another foreigner in the team in place of leading Indian cricketer will disturb the balance of the team. That probably is the reason that CSK is yet to finally make up their mind on Malan.  

Meanwhile Malan himself has declared that he is also on verge of finalizing deal with one of the Big Bash League teams for this season.  

“There has been some contact with one of the clubs,” Malan told ESPNCricinfo. “That’s still ongoing at the moment so hopefully we can finish and finalise that soon and hopefully that can get announced. I don’t know if I’m allowed yet [to say which club], so I’ll sit on the fence with that one.”

So whatever decision CSK has to take, they will have to move as fast as possible on the same. Malan without any doubt can give CSK’s batting unit much needed boost in the absence of Raina.  IPL 2020 : Chennai Super Kings schedule in IPL 2020

Match NoDateTeams vs TeamsVenueTime
match 119-SepMumbai Indians vs Chennai Super KingsSheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi07:30 PM
match 422-SepRajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super KingsSharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah07:30 PM
match 725-SepChennai Super Kings vs Delhi CapitalsDubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai07:30 PM
match 1402-OctChennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers HyderabadDubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai07:30 PM
match 1804-OctKings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super KingsDubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai07:30 PM
match 2107-OctKolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super KingsSheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi07:30 PM
match 2510-OctChennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers BangaloreDubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai07:30 PM
match 2913-OctSunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super KingsDubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai07:30 PM
match 3417-OctDelhi Capitals vs Chennai Super KingsSharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah07:30 PM
match 3719-OctChennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan RoyalsSheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi07:30 PM
match 4123-OctChennai Super Kings vs Mumbai IndiansSharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah07:30 PM
match 4425-OctRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super KingsDubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai03:30 PM
match 4929-OctChennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight RidersDubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai07:30 PM
match 5301-NovChennai Super Kings vs Kings XI PunjabSheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi03:30 PM

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