The Chennai Super Kings fell short of their 4th IPL title by 1 run as the Mumbai Indians held their nerve to beat CSK in a nerve-wracking encounter in Hyderabad.
This season was another success for the ageing CSK side who depended more on experience than on youth. This time however, their bowlers did the job for them more than their batsmen. Their openers and middle order batsmen failed to make the desired influence and a lot of changes can be expected in that department ahead of this season.
Imran Tahir, was excellent as he picked up 26 wickets from 17 games to win the Purple Cap. Along with Harbhajan Singh and RavindraJadeja, the way he trapped the opposition batsmen was outstanding.
However, most of the CSK players are slowly getting past their supreme and with few of them reaching the end of their careers, some players could retire after this season.
Hence CSK’s policy of releasing a little number of players might not be possible this time around. They may have to indulge more in the auction next season and release quite a lot of players.
On that note, let’s take a look at players who CSK could release ahead of next season.
CSK are a side who don’t believe in too much of changes to their squad and retained their entire quota of foreigners, except for Mark Wood ahead of this season. However, most of their foreign players barring few were purely functional and didn’t make too much impact, one of them was Sam Billings.
Billings won CSK the game against KKR early last season but since then, he failed to make it to the playing XI on a regular basis. He was dismissed for a duck in the only game he featured in this season.
He is one of those overseas players who doesn’t seem to fit in CSK’s current scheme of things and is always going to be surplus. Retaining him will only fill the overseas players’ quota not allowing CSK to sign a quality international fast bowler or a dashing opener to fill in to the ageing boots of somebody like Shane Watson.
Mohit Sharma was signed by the Chennai Super Kings for a whopping ₹5 crore but his buy turned out to be a questionable one for CSK. The pacer was allowed to play in only one game where he failed to make the desired impact and picked up just one wicket and was very expensive at an economy of 9.00 and was a sloppy mess on the field.
After 2 below-par seasons with Kings XI Punjab, CSK are unlikely to continue with him and they will regret their choice to bid for him. They will be looking to sign a more younger, enthusiastic pacer to join this side which doesn’t use too many young players.
Releasing Mohit will free up a lot of money and hopefully, the side will also use the young players who have watched from the sidelines for 2 seasons now.
After being bought for ₹7.8 Crore and playing just one game last season, KedarJadhav had a lot of hopes riding on him, but he didn’t have the kind of season he would have hoped for. The batting all-rounder scored just 162 runs in 14 innings, averaging just 18.00 and a strike-rate of 95.85. He later suffered an injury which ruled him out of the later parts of the tournament.
He is a big match-winner who can deliver on the big stages but the side’s patience with him might have perished after his poor outing this season. He still has MS Dhoni’s backing but with a lot of other performers available in the side and in the auction, CSK might consider releasing Jadhav because it will free up a lot of money.
Moreover, Jadhav is an ageing player and with his performances are not satisfactory, he might be released if he doesn’t perform well on the international stage.