5 players Chennai Super Kings should pick in IPL 2019
Here are the players CSK will target to address the issues they faced this season.
Updated - May 28, 2018 4:03 pm
The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were crowned the champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year as they completed their fairytale comeback to the fray of the tournament. They had to cope with a lot of hurdles during the tournament but the team filled with the veterans came out on top every time they were put under the radar. They had an exceptional leader in MS Dhoni who managed the team well and brought the best out of the limited sources available to him in the squad.
Though they’ve won the tournament, there were a few weaknesses in the team. They struggled with the ball this season and especially at the death, as they had the worst economy rate in the last five overs in the tournament. But the superior batsmen at the top of the order meant that the Men in Yellow were always ready to make amends with the bat. Going into the next season, Stephen Fleming, the coach, would be eager to have more decent bowlers up his sleeve who could bowl better especially during the closing the stages of the innings.
Here we look at the players who CSK would want to pick in IPL 2019:
1. Moises Henriques
It was surprising to see Moises Henriques go unsold in the auction earlier this year given the fact that he is worthy of an all-rounder. He played for the runner-up of this season, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), last year and they decided to part ways with him. His all-round ability and the experience of playing in the IPL earlier might have worked wonders for any franchise. But none of them bid for him and the quality player couldn’t make it to India this year.
Henriques has a huge experience of playing 176 matches in the shortest format and has amassed 3219 runs at a decent strike-rate of 125.88. His medium pace bowling is also decent as the 31-year-old can keep the lid on the run-scoring of the opposition. CSK might look to bag his services next year given that Shane Watson didn’t bowl much at the fag end of this season and even Dwayne Bravo leaked runs in the second half which made life tough for them at crunch moments. Henriques’ inclusion will lend some solidity to the batting as well and he can bowl a couple of overs too.