Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Photo Credits ANI)
New Delhi, 17 September: Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings, who had quit international cricket, withdrew the names of some of the top players and made it to the Final Four in the Indian Premier League despite early cases of Corona virus infection in the team. Will be among the most powerful contenders. Chennai will face defending champion Mumbai Indians in the first match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
After reaching here, 13 members of the Chennai Super Kings squad turned out to be Corona positive. After this, senior players like Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh withdrew their names for personal reasons. However, the focus of the tournament will be on the return of Dhoni on the field, who will be seen on the field after 34 days of putting an end to his international career. Who can explain IPL better than Chennai’s own ‘Thala’ (Leader), who has given the team three times and reached eight finals. He has the ability to make the best use of his limited resources.
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This time Dhoni will come down without his most trusted warlord Raina and play for miles away from ‘Chepauk ki Garh’. Changing the frozen batting order of the ten seasons will not be so easy in which Raina has been the most trusted player at number three. Raina has always performed well except last season. The last time Chennai reached the final despite Raina’s poor form, the credit also goes to Dhoni’s skilled captaincy.
Chennai may be called an ‘army of old men’, but this team has proved that form and talent do not fall in age. Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson can open the innings, while Faf du Plessi can land at number three. Dhoni himself can come at number four while Kedar Jadhav will be at number five.
Dwayne Bravo will play at number six and Ravindra Jadeja at number seven. Chennai have three specialist spinners Mitchell Santner, Piyush Chawla and Jadeja. Lungi Angidi and Deepak Chahar will be there in fast bowling. Chadar Thakur can play if Chahar, who has recovered from Corona virus infection, is not fit. Similarly, Imran Tahir and Josh Hazlewood are also available.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessi, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Lungi Angidi, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curren, N Jagadishan, KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Karn Sharma.
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