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IPL 2022 – 3 players who should have been retained by the CSK

Chennai Super Kings (CSK), four-time IPL winners, have started their IPL 2022 campaign horribly, losing their first four games. CSK has never lost its opening four games in the IPL. The squad currently sits at the bottom of the IPL points standings with an NRR of -1.211.

MS Dhoni handed over the reins to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja before of the season in order to develop him for a future leadership position. However, Jadeja has been inconsistent as a captain, and his decision-making abilities on the field have frequently been ineffective thus far.

The current season is not going as per plan for the CSK and it is clear that the think tank got it wrong in terms of player signings and retentions. In this article, we will talk about 3 players who should have been retained or re-signed by the Chennai Super Kings.

 

Number 3. Shardul Thakur

 

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The Mumbai-born all-rounder joined CSK in 2018 and has been a vital part of the side since. He gained notoriety over the previous couple of seasons and was MS Dhoni’s go-to bowler in the IPL 2021. Thakur was forced into action whenever CSK required a breakthrough. He possesses an uncanny ability to take wickets and selects critical wickets at crucial moments. The medium-pacer concluded the 2021 tournament with 21 wickets at an economy rate of 8.80 in 16 games.

However, his genuine worth transcends numbers. The 30-year-old can swing the ball, but more significantly, he possesses an almost miraculous ability to consistently hit the ball at the proper length.

Thakur produced two double blows in one over in three matches during the second half of the IPL 2021. Along with bowling, he is a batsman who may contribute in the lower order. The Mumbai cricketer has contributed some significant innings for his current side, Delhi Capitals, in recent encounters.

 

Number 2. Josh Hazlewood

 

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Josh Hazlewood, an Australian sprinter, is renowned for his speed, bounce, and accuracy. Last year, during his tenure with CSK, MS Dhoni made effective use of him in both powerplays and death overs. Hazlewood took wickets at a steady rate in the 2021 season and established himself as a reliable performer for the team.

It was surprised that CSK management chose not to pursue him at the mega-auction in 2022. The 31-year-old joined the Chennai franchise in 2020 but did not have many opportunities to demonstrate his abilities.

His breakout performance came last year, when he took 11 wickets in nine games at an economy rate of 8.37. The Australian speedster will make his IPL appearance in 2022 for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

 

Number 1. Faf du Plessis

 

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Du Plessis, 37, had a great IPL season in 2021, finishing second in run scoring with 633 runs in 16 innings. In practically every game at the top of the order, Faf du Plessis formed a good connection with Ruturaj Gaikwad. His consistency at the top helped CSK win the coveted title for the fourth time in IPL history.

Over the years, the calm and controlled batsman has been a steady performer for them. He batted in his final innings in the yellow jersey at the 2021 edition’s finals, when he was named “Player of the Match” for his 86 off 59 balls. CSK, on the other hand, neglected to re-sign Du Plessis for the IPL 2022, a decision that has dogged them thus far in the current season.

In comparison to previous season, CSK has failed to develop a successful starting partnership in the first four games of the season. The former South African captain has been chosen skipper of Royal Challengers Bangalore.