CSK released only three players ahead of the IPL auctions next month in a bid to keep the team combination that won the third IPL this year intact.
With the squad already having 22 players, they are likely to have a quiet auction in Jaipur next month as CSK can only pick up 3 more players. The players that they released ahead of the IPL auctions are Kanishk Seth, Mark Wood – both seamers – and Kshtiz Sharma, who is a middle-order batsman.
Here are the three possible players they could aim to buy for the twelfth season of the league.
The player was released by RCB, after an indifferent season for them last year. Though he is vastly talented, he has often played under the shadows of bigger names, which has stalled his progress in the IPL.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 27, 2018
Vohra will offer the CSK side some flexibility as he can not only open but is equally comfortable batting lower down the order as well. While Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu made the opening slot their own earlier this year, the latter is seen as a middle-order player – and even plays for India down the order. In such a scenario, having Vohra will help the franchise keep their options open.
The CSK franchise has Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, and Karn Sharma as the Indian spinners in their ranks. However, except for Jadeja – who picked up 11 wickets in 2018 – the other two were inconsistent last season, and Bhajji’s retention by the CSK side was questioned as well.
In such a scenario, it would do the team well if they could get on-board another spinner, who can take the field if the former Indian stalwart is in poor form. Imran Tahir is a reliable option, but he takes up an overseas spot and at 39 years of age, he is anything but a live-wire on the field.
Hence, CSK would do well to invest in Ashwin, who will do well on the slow tracks of Chepauk.
The former CSK player was released from Kings XI Punjab after he managed to pick up just 7 wickets from 9 games in 2018, with an economy rate of 11 runs per over. Mohit does not have pace in his arsenal but he has been a game-changer for the franchise when he played for them from 2013 to 2015, picking up 57 wickets with an impressive economy rate as well.
His outside the off-stump yorkers can prove to be lethal on a slow Chepauk ground, if the IPL is held in India. If it is held in South Africa, Mohit can use the bouncy conditions to his advantage and emerge as a match-winner once again.