3 players CSK should release ahead of IPL auction 2019
Chennai Super Kings have by far been the most dominating team of the cash-rich Indian Premier League. Powered by power-packed batsmen and pace & spin batter at one end and nurtured by Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the other end, CSK is completely roaring high.
However, if sources are to be believed, the mega IPL auctions ahead of the next season of the tourney will take place on December 16 in Goa. This also means that this will be the first time in the history that the captivating auction will not happen in Bengaluru.
The usual process of the transfer window ahead of the auction has already started. RCB sold Quinton de Kock to Mumbai Indians was the first deal ahead of the auction. It has also been learnt that all the franchises are required to complete all the deals before November 15, which is slated to be the last date for the trading window.
Every franchise must have tried and tested their formula in the matches and there are possibilities that the franchises might release some of their players ahead of the transfer window so that they can load their wallet ahead of the auction. Chennai Super Kings would also be aiming to release a few players ahead of the auction.
England pacer Mark Wood hardly got a hand to play the tourney for CSK. He was seen playing just one match and his performance was not impressive either. He leaked away 49 runs in his four-over spell. It seems that CSK found a much better overseas speedster who is LLungi Ngidi. Having him in the squad this season, the Super Kings might release Mark Wood.
It is cognisance of the fact that Murali Vijay was roped in by CSK last year but sadly he didn’t get to play even a single match. Having essayed runs for Essex during the end of the English domestic season, Vijay plied his trade only in three matches for Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, scoring paltry 3, 44 and 24.
Considering his form, Vijay might be overlooked this season and the Super Kings can afford to let go of Vijay. It is also likely that CSK’s scouts must have already looked for a plethora of attacking options among the Indian batsmen at the top of the order for the upcoming season of IPL.
Had it not been for an injury, the 26-year-old Santner could have easily ripped through the defences of the opposition considering his talent. Having said that the team management would be looking for an overseas player other than him because they already have players who perform pretty much the same role such as Santner.
CSK spin batter comprises Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and the man with a golden arm ‘Kedar Jadhav’. Having these many options in mind, Santner’s place is still uncertain. So, in Santner’s position, CSK can use that money to roped in another overseas player with differing potentials.