• IPL 2018 Transfer Window: 5 players CSK will target

    These players deserve to play instead of warming the bench for their current franchise.

    Abhishek Sharma
    Abhishek Sharma of India U19s bats. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

    The organisers of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have introduced some interesting changes this season which has been welcomed by many. While the Decision Review System (DRS) is reaping a lot of rewards to correct the howlers from the on-field umpires, the concept of transfer window during the tournament has increased the excitement among the fans. It will be implemented for the first time in the history of cricket and the idea has come from football leagues where the players are allowed to join the other team mid-season.

    But in IPL there is a criterion to transfer the players to other teams during this window. Only uncapped players and the capped players who have played 2 or fewer matches until the halfway stage of the tournament could join the other team. It will be interesting to see the way the teams make use of this facility available to them and most importantly they would look to fill in the major flaws in the squad so far.

    Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been clinical so far in their comeback season with 4 wins under their belt after 5 matches. But they have mostly struggled with the ball and had to lose some of their key players due to injuries. Also, South African pace bowler Lungi Ngidi had to leave the team after his father passed away last week. They are surely thin on the bowling front and would be looking to bag the services of some of the exciting players during the transfer window.

    Here we look at 5 players whom they will be targetting:

    1. JP Duminy (Mumbai Indians)

    JP Duminy
    Proteas’ JP Duminy  (Photo credit should read MICHAEL SHEEHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    JP Duminy was bagged by Mumbai Indians during the auction at his base price of Rs 1 Crore. He has played only two games for the franchise thus far. He has no place with the likes of Evin Lewis and Kieron Pollard already in the side as proper batsmen. While it seems that there is no chance for him to feature for Mumbai, CSK can perfectly make his use in the batting line-up.

    Though the top 6 of their batsmen are doing more than a decent job so far, they all are the right-handed batsmen. A left-hander in the middle-order will make a lot of difference for them as the tournament goes deep. JP Duminy is the perfect batsman whom they need badly and might play at 4 or 5 according to the situation. His style of batting can disturb the line and lengths of the bowlers and the team can take advantage of the same and score more runs in the death overs.

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