With some extra pace in arsenal, Hazlewood offers a different dimension to the bowling attack.
Deepak Chahar has become a force to formidable force with the new ball as he tends to generate swing even on the flattest of tracks. With 11 wickets in 10 outings, Chahar is also Chennai’s leading wicket-taker this season.
Shardul Thakur is the remaining player of the line-up and SRH must beware of him. After all, the fast bowler just can’t do anything wrong nowadays.
Sam Curran replaced in-form Dwayne Bravo in the last game. As Dhoni mentioned, the Caribbean all-rounder had sustained a niggle. Hence, the Chennai-based team would not like to risk his fitness ahead of the playoffs.
He completely turned the game in a single over against Kolkata Knight Riders and won the game for Chennai. He scored 22 runs from 8 balls and even picked up a wicket as well.
In the upcoming contest, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, and Sam Curran are likely to be CSK’s set of all-rounders. Ali and Jadeja have been delivering in all three departments and CSK would count on them once again.
Rayudu, who has a strike rate of 174.50 in IPL 2021, has played some magnificent knocks this season including a 27-ball 72 against MI.
Dhoni has also been far away from his best in terms of batting. However, his wicket-keeping and on-field decision-making are précised as ever.
Hailed as Mr. IPL, Raina has been a cornerstone of CSK’s batting line-up ever since the inception of IPL. Although he’s not contributing with big scores anymore, the southpaw has played some handy cameos.
The young opener has delivered regular at the top, taking CSK to one win after another. He has been impressive in the UAE leg as well. While he slammed a match-winning 88 in his first outing, Gaikwad followed it up with scores of 38 and 40.
The South African dasher likes of attack bowlers from the outset and playing big knocks isn’t beyond his reach either. With 394 runs, in fact, Du Plessis is CSK’s highest run-getter this season.