IPL 2022 – Uncapped players who are expected to be retained by the Chennai Super Kings for the next season
Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the four-time IPL champion, had a dismal season in 2022. With four wins from 14 league games, the franchise ended ninth in the points table. Notably, the defending champion missed the playoffs for only the second time in IPL history.
The franchise was able to obtain the services of its seasoned players during the 2022 mega auction, but some things did not happen as planned. MS Dhoni turned over the reins to Ravindra Jadeja before the commencement of the 15th edition of the cash-rich competition, but the move did not work out, and the team’s performance suffered significantly.
After then, Dhoni was given back the captaincy in the middle of the tournament, but it was too late because winning every game in that situation was nearly impossible. However, some young players have created a name for themselves with their covert performances and have staked a strong claim to be part of the team in IPL 2023.
In this article, we are going to talk about uncapped players who are expected to be retained by the Chennai Super Kings for the next season.
Number 1. Simarjeet Singh
Despite being an inexperienced bowling unit, CSK’s fast bowling unit was one of the team’s few bright spots in IPL 2022. Simarjeet Singh is a fast bowler who has consistently performed well in limited opportunities. Simarjeet, like Choudhary, is well-known for his swing bowling with the new ball.
The 24-year-old Delhi native was signed by CSK at the IPL 2022 mega auction for his basic price of INR 20 lakhs. Simarjeet managed to display his talent and amaze many cricket commentators and fans with his classic swing bowling despite limited opportunities. After each match, the pacer appeared to improve.
Simarjeet took four wickets in six matches at a 7.66 economy rate. His best game of the season came against the Delhi Capitals, where he finished with 2/27. He carried on in the low-scoring game against Mumbai, where he demonstrated conventional swing bowling talents alongside Choudhary. CSK will retain his services for the upcoming IPL season, and watching Chahar, Choudhary, and Simarjeet bowl together will be a delight.
Number 2. Mukesh Choudhary
Mukesh Choudhary is undoubtedly the most important positive for CSK in IPL 2022. The medium-pacer with a left arm is noted for his ability to stroke the ball in both directions. Choudhary has created a name for himself in his first IPL season, with his wicket-taking skills with the new ball making him a standout player for the Chennai-based club.
The 25-year-old was Maharashtra’s leading wicket-taker in the 2020-21 Vijay Hazare Trophy. At the 2022 super auction, CSK paid INR 20 lakhs for his services, which proved to be a career-changing transaction for the left-armer, who picked up three key wickets against arch-rivals Mumbai Indians.
Choudhary took 16 wickets in 13 matches for an average of 26.50. His finest performances came against Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he had 4/46 and aided the club to its third win of the season. In Deepak Chahar’s absence, the young bowler seized the opportunity with both hands and emerged as his ideal substitute. With Chahar’s return next year, the combo can be lethal with the new ball from both ends against any batting lineup.
Number 3. Matheesha Pathirana
Matheesha Pathirana is a Sri Lankan fast bowler known as “Junior Malinga” because of his bowling action, which is similar to that of Sri Lankan icon Lasith Malinga. The 19-year-old rose to prominence in the 2022 Under-19 World Cup due to his unconventional, slingy bowling action, which he has now demonstrated in the World’s largest T20 tournament, the IPL.
CSK signed the right-arm pacer as a replacement for New Zealand speedster Adam Milne. Pathirana could not take his place in the starting XI right immediately because there were so many other possibilities in the squad. However, he was given the opportunity to make his IPL debut against Gujarat Titans at Wankhede Stadium, where he picked up the coveted wicket of Shubham Gill on his very first ball. Furthermore, with a slower ball in his second over, he dismissed Hardik Pandya.
The Sri Lankan bowler appeared in only two games, but he excelled in both. He has the potential to be useful for CSK in the next years. His career is just getting started, and he will learn as he gains experience. The slingy, unconventional action is always difficult to pick and can cause problems for opposing batters. Keeping this in mind, Pathirana might be seen in CSK’s IPL 2023 plan.