IPL 2020: CSK, RCB Retain Core Squad After Initial Transfer Window

Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore have opposite histories in the IPL. While one team has won the title three times, the other team is still looking for their maiden IPL title. These two teams have rich history of playing against each other in the competition as well. IPL 2020 could be a season of either of these two teams depending on how well they fare in the upcoming auctions.

While CSK has won 16 matches against their rivals, Kohli’s team has emerged victorious on 8 occasions. In the recently concluded IPL transfers, RCB has managed to retain the core of the squad and has packed the team with batsmen, which is how they have one over the years.

CSK on the other hand, have opted to go with experience and have retained their core group of players as well.

Here’s how both teams look like ahead of the IPL 2020 auctions.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

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The MS Dhoni led-team has retained their maverick skipper for the next season. Along with him, the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Deepak Chahar have also been retained. Their squad looks the most complete after the initial phase of transfers are over. 

Having retained their core squad, they have also released as many as six players. With Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja making them a spin-heavy side, CSK with a remaining purse of 14.60 crores would like to invest in buying a foreign pacer. With the likes of Mitchell Starc, Dale Steyn, Pat Cummins and Tim Southee available in the upcoming auctions, the team management should look to buy any two of the above mentioned four pacers. All of them are proven IPL matchwinners and Chennai will certainly do good with a couple of them. 

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CSK skipper MS Dhoni doesn’t like to tinker much with his playing combinations and thus one expects him to have made up his mind on the kind of players he is looking to make a complete squad.

Released Players of Chennai Super Kings for IPL 2020

Chaitanya Bishnoi, David Willey, Dhruv Shorey, Mohit Sharma, Sam Billings, Scott Kuggeleijn

Retained Players of Chennai Super Kings for IPL 2020

Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Jagadeesan Narayan, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Monu Singh, MS Dhoni, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

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Over the years RCB has always managed to get some of the best squads and the most popular T20 players. However, for some reason or the other, their players have just not been able to put their performances across for the team.

They played the finals in 2010 and 2016 and on both occasions ended up on the losing side. Their skipper Virat Kohli had a memorable IPL season in 2016 scoring 973 runs in the tournament. It remains the highest run scored by a player in a single season of the IPL till date. 

During the initial IPL transfers, RCB like CSK retained the core of their squad. Skipper Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar among others have been retained. 

Among the players they released included the likes of Dale Steyn and Tim Southee who formed the overseas pace duo for the side. Another big name they released was Marcus Stoinis, whom they traded from KXIP ahead of the start of the last season. RCB has always been a side that has lacked the firepower in the bowling attack. In such a scenario releasing senior pacers Steyn and Southee has surprised the RCB fans and the cricket experts. 

Like CSK, RCB has also retained their core group of Indian players and require foreign pacers to complete the side. Having released two premier foreign pacers of the team and with a remaining purse of Rs 27.90 crores it will be interesting to see how do they go about their business in the upcoming auctions.

Also Read: IPL 2020: How KKR and RR Stack Up Before the Auctions

Released Players of Royal Challengers Bangalore

Akshdeep Nath, Colin de Grandhomme, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klassen, Himmat Singh, Kulwant Khejroliya, Marcus Stoinis, Milind Kumar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prayas Ray Barman, Shimron Hetmyer, Tim Southee

Retained Players of Royal Challengers Bangalore

 AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal

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