CSK- Chennai Super Kings stuck to their template and had concentrated on getting back their core team at the mega auction for the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that won them the elusive trophy back in 2021.
CSK bought 21 players at the auction last month and of the list, head coach Stephen Fleming picked three players that came “cheap” for them at the mega event in Bengaluru.
Chennai Super Kings Happy As IPL 2022 Auctions Went According To Plan: Stephen Fleming
Speaking on the auction to the franchise during their training camp in Surat, Stephen Fleming admitted that although they failed in getting back a few players, notably Faf du Plessis and Shardul Thakur, he was happy with the overall auction result.
“We are really happy it went according to plan. We lost a couple of players which we are a bit sad about but we have gained some real talent. We’ve got, this year, some good blend of experience and youth. So we’re really excited about the way the auction went down,” he said.
The franchise had retained four players: Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali and Ruturaj Gaikwad ahead of the 2022 edition and they bought back Deepak Chahar, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, and Dwayne Bravo in the mega auction. New Zealand’s bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner was also brought back by the Chennai Super Kings.
Stephen Fleming Happy To Acquire Services Of Devon Conway, Mitchell Santner And Adam Milne At Relatively Low Prices
Stephen Fleming picked three players who he felt came at a relatively lower price for the franchise.
“Well they came cheap so it was good. They are all very skillful players. Devon Conway has had a great couple of years internationally. Mitch has been a stalwart for us. And in Adam Milne we have got a bit of pace. So all three of them have great credentials and a good skill set for us,” he said.
Devon Conway came for INR 1 crore, Adam Milne came for INR 1.9 crore and Mitchell Santner was bought back for INR 1.9 crore. The three players were together picked for INR 4.8 crores at the IPL 2022 mega auction. CSK, the defending champions, will be kicking off the proceedings for IPL 2022 when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the season opener. It will be a repeat of the IPL 2021 final.
Devon Conway managed to get his first IPL contract in IPL 2022 auctions and was secured by defending champions Chennai Super Kings for his base price of INR 1 Crores. The left-hander had a bright start to his international career with an average of above 50 in all three formats and is proving to be a sensational batter for the New Zealand side.
The 30-year-old is seventh on the T20I rankings for batters and he can play an excellent role at the top for CSK alongside IPL 2021’s orange cap holder Ruturaj Gaikwad. CSK missed on the services of Faf Du Plessis for this IPL and Devon Conway can be the reliable bank that will suit the CSK setup. It is certainly, one of the remarkable buys considering his consistency, wicket-keeping option and left-handed option.