IPL 2021: 3 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players who might be benched for most of the season

IPL 2021: 3 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players who might be benched for most of the season

The Super Kings finished at the bottom of the table last season.

Chennai SuperKings
Chennai Super Kings. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are arguably the most consistent team in the history of the IPL. Captained by the most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket, the CSK franchise is well known to keep its core group intact. Over the years, we have seen the trio of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and Ravindra Jadeja saving CSK from desperate situations. This year too, the trio will be seen together on the field. 

Last year, CSK had its worst season. After a lot of hustle, the franchise managed to settle on the seventh position. For a team that had managed to reach the playoffs every time, this is a major failure. But, it was necessary as they had to look into the future. This time, the middle order looks stronger than ever. 

With the inclusion of Moeen Ali, the middle order is pretty solid. Adding on, multiple talented players might have to wait for their opportunity. Last year, the franchise found their opener in the form of Ruturaj Gaikwad, who replaced a veteran like Shane Watson .

Here are three CSK players who might not get proper chances in this year’s IPL:

1. Narayan Jagadeesan

Narayan Jagadeesan
Narayan Jagadeesan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Narayan Jagadeesan is a highly talented wicketkeeper-batsman from Tamil Nadu. He made it to the headlines of various local newspapers after his impressive performance during the first season of the TNPL. Without any delay, the CSK management picked him up during the 2018 auction. Apart from his batting, he is the successor to MS Dhoni in the CSK squad. 

Another obvious thing about Narayan Jagadeesan’s present condition is that he will not get many chances till Dhoni is there. Even if he gets an opportunity, it will be because of his batting skills. And last year, he was unfortunate as he was a part of the lineup that was decimated by Trent Boult. This year, he might get a few chances if the proper lineup fails. 

Talking about his IPL career, he has played five games so far. In those five matches, he has just scored 33 runs in two innings. With a modest strike rate of 113.79, he has to make way for Ruturaj as the premier top-order batsman. But post-Dhoni era, it is Narayan Jagadeesan who will guard the wickets. Maybe, for the time being, he has to stay in the shadows of Dhoni.