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IPL 2020: 3 Uncapped CSK players who deserve more opportunities

With several players well into their thirties, CSK must provide more opportunities to young Indian players so that they might flourish the core of their squad in the upcoming seasons.

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings. (Photo: IANS)

Three-time winners Chennai Super Kings released as many as six players- Sam Billings, David Willey, Dhruv Shorey, Mohit Sharma, Chaitanya Bishnoi and replacement signing Scott Kuggeleijn much to the surprise of fans ahead of 2020 IPL auction held at Kolkata.

The MS Dhoni-led side bolstered their squad further for the thirteenth edition of the cash-rich league by roping in Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, Piyush Chawla and R Sai Kishore at the highly anticipated auction held on December 19th 2019. Having missed out on their title defence by the narrowest margin of one run against arch-rivals Mumbai Indians last year, the Men in Yellow might be determined to equal Mumbai Indians’ record four IPL titles by regaining the glory this time.

With several players well into their thirties, CSK must provide more opportunities to young Indian players so that they might flourish the core of their squad in the upcoming seasons.

On that note, let us look at three talented uncapped Indian players who deserve more opportunities at CSK this season given their exploits at the domestic tournaments:

1. R Sai Kishore

R Sai Kishore and MS Dhoni
R Sai Kishore and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

R Sai Kishore was bought by Chennai Super Kings during 2020 IPL auction at his base price of INR 20 lakh. Despite having several proven spinners in the squad, the prospect of the 23-year-old slow-left-arm orthodox bowler making the XI looks bright as the CSK management might prefer the youngster who impressed everyone with his exploits across formats in the domestic circuit. After finishing 2019-20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as the highest wicket-taker with 20 scalps, he has also proved his calibre in the ongoing Ranji Trophy having taken 19 wickets so far.

In the drawn game against Mumbai at MA Chidambaram Stadium last week, he demonstrated his batting skills and composure with a crucial knock (42 off 192 balls) under pressure when Tamil Nadu was in trouble after losing established batsmen like Abhinav Mukund, Baba Aparajith and Dinesh Karthik.

Given his height, variations, tight bowling and wicket-taking abilities, the highest wicket-taker (68 wickets) in the history of Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) might be looking to unleash his usual best in his debut IPL season as well when he turns out for Chennai Super Kings. With Harbhajan Singh (39) and Imran Tahir (40) not getting any younger, it’s time for CSK to field young local lads like Sai Kishore given the talent and familiarity with Chepauk conditions.

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