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IPL 2022 – Players who may be released from the Chennai Super Kings squad for the next season

The four-time IPL champions, Chennai Super Kings, did not have the IPL they wished for during the blockbuster auction. CSK’s inability to make the playoffs in the 2022 IPL is only the league’s second in its 15-year history. After being dubbed “Dad’s Army” in 2018, CSK made a spectacular return by winning the title with an average age of players above 30.

The whistle-podu army, on the other hand, had a nice combination of youthful and older players in the 2022 season but still failed to achieve results. As CSK had already been eliminated from the upcoming Tata IPL 2022, they attempted a few new faces in the final few games to see how these players would do in the following years.

CSK may wish to bring in some new energy to their squad in order to add a fifth title to their collection. While CSK will give youthful players opportunity, the Super Kings will also say goodbye to a few aging players who may not fit into their lineup next season.

In this article, we are going to talk about a few players who we think will be released from the Chennai Super Kings squad for the next season.


Number 1. Robin Uthappa


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Robin Uthappa, the walking assassin, was a surprise package for CSK in the 2021 season. Robin didn’t get a single chance to wear the yellow jersey until the 13th game of the 2021 season. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the mastermind, opted to start him in place of an injured or struggling Suresh Raina. Though Robbie’s IPL debut for Chennai Super Kings was not spectacular, his 19-run innings secured him a position in the playing eleven.

Then, in the first qualifier against the same opponents, the Delhi Capitals, Robbie returned the management’s faith with a match-winning 63 off 44 deliveries, propelling Chennai to the IPL 2021 Finals. We were witnessing the old Uthappa, who would simply walk down the wicket to fast bowlers and hit them over mid-on and mid-off for pleasure. Robin’s contribution to CSK in 2021 was brief, as he played four innings and scored 115 runs in the tournament’s final stages. Robin also netted a rapid 15-ball 31 against his former teammates KKR in the finals, boosting CSK to an above-par total.

The management would rather train the younger players than rely on players who may be out sooner rather than later. With such poor scores, Robin’s involvement disrupting the balance of the side, and, most significantly, age not being on Uthappa’s side, CSK were forced to drop him from the first eleven, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the 36-year-old is released to create room for fresh faces in the team next year.


Number 2. Tushar Deshpande


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Tushar Deshpande’s services were bought by the Chennai Super Kings for a basic price of 20 lakhs. Tushar was thought to be a stand-in for the injured Deepak Chahar, delivering the products in his absence. Tushar played two opening games for CSK, picking up one wicket and allowing more than ten runs per over.

Tushar has been benched by the Chennai Super Kings ever since, and he will not play in the rest of the IPL with CSK. Meanwhile, CSK gave Simarjeet Singh and Mukesh Choudhary chances. They both appeared to impress CSK Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni with their wicket-taking and match-winning performances. More than the performances, MSD was impressed with the maturity and courage of both bowlers, praising them in post-match interviews.

As the man who makes all the moves for Chennai is already overwhelmed by Simarjeet and Mukesh’s performances, and with Deepak Chahar and Adam Milne returning next year, it will be difficult for Tushar Desphande to make a comeback into the CSK eleven. CSK is hoping that the IPL will return to its original home-and-away format next year. If this happens, half of CSK’s matches will be played in Chepauk. CSK would like to incorporate a spinner or two in their lineup rather than a backup seamer. Tushar Desphande may be released by CSK, as the seam and swing bowling departments appear to be secure with two backups.


Number 3. Chris Jordan


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Chris Jordan, England’s T20 specialist, was purchased by Chennai Super Kings for INR 3.60 crores. Jordan has had a horrible IPL season, with only two wickets in four innings. For Chennai, he has given up runs at a rate of more than 8.9 runs per innings. The English all-worst rounder’s innings came in a run chase when he was bowled all over the park by Gujarat hitters. Then, in the 18th over, when the game was in Chennai’s hands, Jordan threw up 25 runs and lost them a win with an expensive over.

Jordan was benched following the game against Gujarat and never returned to CSK’s starting eleven. With Dwyane Bravo nearing the end of his career, Chennai was searching for a bowling all-rounder to take his place. Jordan was brought in to fill in for Bravo and has been nothing short of a disaster for CSK. CSK also acquired Dwaine Pretorious, who has come close to replacing Bravo with his slower balls and pinch-hitting in the finish.

CSK would prefer to replace the elderly Chris Jordan with a better bowling all-rounder in the coming season as well. CSK’s middle order and bowling appeared frail in IPL 2022. CSK should be looking for a hard-hitting all-rounder. With Ben Stokes and others set to be available in the 2022 auction, Stokesy may be the ideal successor for the four-time IPL champions. Jordan hasn’t played a single game since he was sacked, demonstrating CSK management’s lack of faith in him. It would be fascinating to observe how Jordan performs on the international stage, as this will determine his fortunes in the 2023 IPL.