IPL 2023: 5 CSK players who could be benched throughout the season

MS Dhoni doesn't believe in changing his playing XI much and hence, these five players might have to warm the bench for the entire season.

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The most successful franchise in IPL history, Chennai Super Kings didn’t have a good outing last season in the Indian Premier League (IPL). They could secure only four wins in 14 league games and finished in the penultimate position in the points table. The captaincy conundrum between MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja also affected their performances. 

However, the franchise has secured the services of Ben Stokes, Kyle Jamieson and Ajinkya Rahane in the 2023 auction. Furthermore, Deepak Chahar’s presence can also help them prosper well in the forthcoming season. CSK now have a squad of players with an abundance of experience in the shorter format. As a result, there can be few young players, who are likely to warm the benches in IPL 2023.

5 CSK players who could be benched throughout IPL 2023

1. Shaik Rasheed

The breakout star from Andhra Pradesh, Shaik Rasheed was impressive for India in the U-19 World Cup 2022. Coming at No.3, Rasheed played an anchor role for the Colts in Blue scoring 201 runs in four innings at an average of 50.25, with two fifties.

Infact, the 18-year-old hit 50 in the final, and helped India lift the U-19 World Cup title. However, things have gone downhill since then in terms of his form in domestic cricket. In 10 first-class innings, Rasheed has garnered only 211 runs. His form in the other two formats has also been average in limited appearances.

Rasheed was bought by CSK for his base price of 20 Lakhs in the IPL 2023 auction. Currently, the team already has two options for number three in form of Moeen Ali and Ambati Rayudu. Furthermore, Rahane will be preferred over the youngster in this position.

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