IPL 2020: 5 Players to Watch Out For CSK This Season

Chennai Super Kings bought the fewest players in the recently concluded IPL 2020 auctions. While KKR bought the most expensive overseas player, CSK roped in Piyush Chawla, the former KKR spinner at Rs 6.75 crores to make him the most expensive Indian player in the auction. Adding Chawla to their squad, they have strengthened their spinning core all the more. Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir will now have Chawla by their side as CSK has one of the most experienced spin attacks. Historically, CSK has been referred to as “Dad’s Army” in the IPL and it will be interesting to see how Dhoni uses his spinners, all of whom are key players to watch out for CSK, throughout the season. 

However, in this article, we will narrow down the five most key players to watch out for CSK in IPL 2020. 

MS Dhoni

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No key players list is complete when analysing CSK without MS Dhoni being included in it. The maverick captain will be back with the franchise leading them in another IPL season. Being the captain who will lead a bunch of aging cricketers, he becomes the most important player to watch out for CSK this season. Dhoni has not been playing any active cricket since the ICC 2019 World Cup and it will be really interesting to see how he makes a comeback in the IPL. He is 38 and is the second-oldest player in the squad after Imran Tahir who is aging 40. How long will he continue playing will remain a topic of discussion until he calls it a day.

Despite him getting old, his batting and keeping skills have remained the same throughout. He is still the world’s best when it comes to finishing a cricket match. This season thus will be no different for ‘Mahi’ who is aiming for his fourth title with the franchise. 

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Suresh Raina

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‘Chinna Thala’ as he is fondly called in Chennai, Suresh Raina is the second-highest run-getter in the competition. He continues to be an important cog in the batting wheel of the “Men in Yellow’ and is probably the most important player to watch for CSK after Dhoni. He has scored over 400 runs in nine of the 12 seasons so far. This year will be no different for Raina as he forms the core of the CSK batting group alongside Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni. Besides his batting, his fielding skills and his inputs for his teammates makes him an invaluable asset in the team. With questions hovering over how long will continue to play, he is expected to take over the mantle of captaincy in the upcoming seasons. 

Shane Watson

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Since he joined the CSK outfit, Watson has very beautifully adjusted himself to the CSK culture. A dependable cricketer, Watson has taken the responsibility of run-scoring at the top-order. His numbers for the franchise in the last two years are enough to suggest that he is one of the key players to watch for CSK. He scored 555 runs in 2018 including an unbeaten century and 398 in 2019. His strike-rate touches 140 in the IPL and his economy is under 8. All these attributes makes Watson a key member of the team. As it has been in the past two seasons, his contribution with the bat at the top will be crucial to CSK’s IPL 2020 campaign. 

Imran Tahir

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The enigmatic Imran Tahir will lead CSK’s spin attack with Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla and Ravindra Jadeja for company. He ended as the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2019 with 26 wickets and will once again be a key player to watch out for CSK. He has a wide range of deliveries up his sleeve and his combination with MS Dhoni behind the stumps is joy to watch. He has a child-like energy whenever he takes the field and is a cricketer with immense positivity and self-belief. He also is an ideal team man and is ready to step up whenever the captain gives him the ball. 

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Piyush Chawla

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The former KKR spinner who joined CSK after a record-purchase will be the last key player to watch out for CSK in the list. His price tag of 6.75 crores will be an added pressure on Chawla. Also, he will face tough competition from Jadeja and Harbhajan for a place in the side. Accuracy is Chawla’s biggest strength as a spinner and that is what he will bank on as he starts his new journey with the three-time IPL champions. A franchise that has followed a tried and tested formulae for success and which doesn’t believe too much in chopping and changing their squad, Chawla’s role in the side will be an interesting observation. 

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