IPL 2020: 3 players Chennai Super Kings (CSK) should have released but didn’t

IPL 2020: 3 players Chennai Super Kings (CSK) should have released but didn’t

One player didn't even play a single match for CSK last season.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK). (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Indian cricket festival in the form of Indian Premier League (IPL) is preparing itself for the thirteenth edition of the tournament which is going to take place in April and May next year. The owners of all the franchises have already started to work on their strategies in a bid to strengthen their side before the auction take place on 16th of December 2019 in the City of Joy, Kolkata.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the most consistent franchise in the history of the tournament is looking stable as it looks year in and year out. Under the captaincy of the legendary skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the boys in yellow have almost covered all their important bases even before the start of the auction.

They have retained the most number of players compared to other sides going into the auction. Meanwhile, there were players who may not deserve to be in the squad of the last year’s IPL finalists, but still, their wise think tank has shown faith in them one more time and have retained them ahead of the IPL 2020.

In the article, let’s take a look at three CSK players who shouldn’t have been retained:-

Monu Kumar

Monu Kumar
Monu Kumar. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The right-arm medium-fast bowler from Dhoni’s hometown Ranchi, Monu Kumar has risen through the ranks of Indian domestic circuit rather quickly. Many of you won’t be knowing but Monu was a part of the Under-19 Indian cricket team which played in the 2014 World Cup. Unfortunately, he didn’t get much of match time to prove his mantle in that tournament.

Monu made his T20 domestic debut for Jharkhand in a game of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2016. There, he was grabbing the attention of a few people with his all-round display. Chennai’s scouting team had their eyes on him. The franchise eventually bought him for the 2018 IPL season. But, to his dismay, he didn’t even make his debut for the champion side.

But for everyone’s surprise, Chennai retained him for yet another season. But with the likes of Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Shane Watson and KM Asif in the ranks, it looks like Monu will not be able to breach the playing eleven of Chennai in the upcoming season. They should have released him which would have helped him to find some playing time elsewhere.