After the disappointing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) needs a makeover to succeed in the upcoming 14th edition of the league. The major reason behind their failure was sticking with the senior players even though they were having a poor outing match after match.
But to buy new players in the auction, CSK captain MS Dhoni will have to release a lot of players to increase their purse value. However, former Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir doesn’t reckon that the CSK skipper will look to let go of many players.
MS Dhoni has made CSK such a successful side in the IPL: Gautam Gambhir
Former KKR captain admits that CSK has an ageing squad with Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni himself. But Gautam Gambhir believes that the wicketkeeper-batsman will only focus to buy players according to the coming season rather than planning for coming years.
“If you release a lot of players, you also need to see what is available in the auction. I agree we have been talking for the last two or three years that CSK has an ageing squad, no doubt it was an ageing squad as well with the likes of Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo and MS Dhoni,” Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
“But the way they performed and I have been saying for a number of years that MS Dhoni has this quality, people talk how MS Dhoni has made CSK such a successful side in the IPL, that he only concentrates on that year,” said Gautam Gambhir.
Observing the previous year’s strategies of Dhoni, the cricketer-turned-politician explains that CSK’s team management will only plan for the IPL 2021.
“He will not concentrate to make the squad for the next three years, not at all. So MS Dhoni’s quality is going to remain same this year as well, what best squad and best opportunity can win them the title this year, he will do that only.
“So, I don’t feel they are going to release too many players unless and until a lot of players are coming in the auction whom they are targeting,” Gautam Gambhir explained.
Meanwhile, according to reports, IPL 2021 auction is likely to be organised on February 11.