Chennai Super Kings had a forgettable campaign in IPL 2020. However, they executed a fine return in IPL 2021 by winning the trophy. Ahead of IPL 2022 mega-auctions, the franchise has retained Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali and Ruturaj Gaikwad. The released players will be targeted intensely by other franchises. In this article, we take a look at one released CSK player each team might target at the IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions.
Note: Lucknow and Ahmedabad franchises have not been considered, as their team core is yet to be announced.
Delhi Capitals – Deepak Chahar
Delhi Capitals have retained Anrich Nortje as the lead pacer for the coming campaigns. Nortje is someone who can do it well across all the phases of the innings. Pant will need him more at the death, though. Hence, the team might require a cricketer who can bowl well during the powerplay. Deepak Chahar is one of the best in the business at the moment. Hence, he can be targeted by the IPL 2020 finalists.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis could be KKR‘ pick as the one released CSK player each team might target at the IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions. It is clear that Venkatesh Iyer will be one of the openers for KKR from the next campaign. The best option will be to give him an experienced player as the partner. In the market, Faf du Plessis seems a good option. The left-right opening combination can also be achieved this way. Faf can also captain the team if required.
Mumbai Indians – Shardul Thakur
From IPL 2022, Mumbai Indians could decide to hire a domestic pacer to partner with Jasprit Bumrah. This would allow them to have an extra foreigner in the batting department. A Mumbai cricketer, Shardul Thakur will be the best fit for the franchise. He can also add strength to the lower order of the batting unit.
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Ambati Rayudu
Of course, SRH has all areas to focus, but middle-order is one department they will be cautious about. They will need experienced candidates who can score at a good strike rate. Ambati Rayudu is one player they can target. He is also a home-grown lad, and this will please the fans, who have been dealt a blow with the release of David Warner and Rashid Khan.
Rajasthan Royals – Deepak Chahar
Hailing from Rajasthan, Deepak Chahar could be a target for his home franchise. RR has done well in retaining their stalwarts in the batting line-up, and they will certainly look to hire one for their bowling department. Deepak has the capability to lead the bowling attack of an IPL XI, and hence, he could play for RR from IPL 2022.
Punjab Kings – Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis could be Punjab Kings’ pick as the one released CSK player each team might target at the IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions. Mayank Agarwal needs an experienced opening partner, and Faf seems to fit the bill. Moreover, he captained the St Lucia Kings, a team owned by the owners of Punjab Kings, in CPL recently. Faf will be a decent replacement for KL Rahul from the cricketing point of view as well.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Sam Curran
Sam Curran could be RCB‘s pick as the one released CSK player each team might target at the IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions. RCB has inclined towards picking more all-rounders in recent seasons. At the Chinnaswamy Stadium, multi-utility players could help the captain. Hence, the franchise could target the young English all-rounder.