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Brad Hogg Thinks MS Dhoni Is Going To Retire At The End Of IPL 2021

Brad Hogg, the former Australia spinner, believes the ongoing 2021 IPL will be CSK’s talismanic skipper MS Dhoni’s final assignment, and he will retire soon after it ends. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain has looked lost at the crease over the last two IPL editions and has failed to contribute significantly with the bat.

With the IPL mega-auction coming up in 2022, CSK and MS Dhoni will have to consider their options, keeping in mind the cost of retaining a player and the team’s future prospects. Unfortunately, while MS Dhoni has been as sharp as ever with his captaincy, his batting has deteriorated considerably.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brad Hogg Thinks MS Dhoni’s Going To Retire At The End Of IPL 2021

Brad Hogg noted that MS Dhoni had lost his sharpness with age, as was evident when KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy once again undid him.  MS Dhoni scored exactly 200 runs in IPL 2020, averaging a below-par 25 while managing only 52 runs in IPL 2021 in 10 games averaging a dismal 10.4. His strike rate was also below 120.

“I think he’s going to retire at the end of the year from IPL cricket. The way he got out to Chakravarthy the other day with the wrong un’, there was a huge gap between bat and pad. I think the reflexes of the 40-year-old are just starting to wane. His keeping has been sensational.”

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images.

“It’s good for Indian cricket and CSK that he is still going because of his leadership out in the middle. He’s keeping things calm and helped Jadeja grow as a cricketer and developing youngsters as well. Just the way that he walked off, that body language, there was a glint in the eye that said I think I’ve just lost that sharpness.”

Brad Hogg Feels MS Dhoni Will Move Into A Management Role And Support Stephen Fleming In Future

With MS Dhoni mentoring the Indian team at the upcoming T20 World Cup, Brad Hogg believes that a potential management role could be in store for the only skipper to win all 3 ICC Trophies. He feels that MS Dhoni could be at the helm at CSK, alongside Stephen Fleming, to oversee the transition period.

“At the age of 40 and with the role that he’s got with the Indian Cricket Team going into that T20 World Cup, I think he’ll move into a management role or even the head coach of CSK.

“Probably the management role and sit alongside Stephen Fleming and help out develop the youngsters but also create a good strategy gor the new wave of CSK cricketers moving forward because you need someone of that quality around that knows Indian conditions, knows the Indian people and has a good rapport with the players.”

Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni (Photo Source: Twitter)
Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni (Photo Source: Twitter)

Brad Hogg predicts MS Dhoni will become CSK coach if the franchise doesn’t retain him in 2022. CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan has claimed in the build-up to the 2021 IPL second leg that he expects MS Dhoni to stay with the franchise in the future, but his future role is yet to be defined.

Chennai Super Kings is the second most successful team in the history of IPL, with 3 titles under their belt, only 2 behind Mumbai  Indians (5 titles). But many fans would say they are the most consistent team in the IPL. CSK has been involved in 8 finals and qualified for playoffs 10 times, only missing out in 2020 while the side was suspended for two years in 2016 & 2017.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Cricket Australia And England And Wales Cricket Board Confirm Players Availability For 2nd Leg Of IPL 2021 In UAE

Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have officially confirmed the availability of their players for the second half of IPL 2021. Both boards informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday that they have no objection to sending their players to the opulent competition.

Now, it’s up to the individual players whether to take part or not. This won’t be much of an issue either. Australian players like Glenn Maxwell and David Warner opted out of international tours to be available for IPL 2021 while the ECB shifted its international tour of Bangladesh to make space for the tournament.

Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia And England And Wales Cricket Board Officially Confirmed Availability Of Cricketers For IPL 2021 2nd Leg At UAE

Kasi Viswanathan, the CEO of Chennai Super Kings, confirmed receiving communication from the BCCI to Cricbuzz. Cricket Australia issued no-objection certificates to Australian players, allowing them to participate in the Indian Premier League when the tournament resumes in the UAE from September 19.

He said: “We have got a call from the IPL office and have been informed that the boards have no objection to their players’ participation. It is now up to the players. Our Australian and English players (Jason Behrendorff, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali) are available.”

MS Dhoni-led CSK reached Dubai for IPL 2021 on Friday, becoming the second team after defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) to do so.

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL

Although not many official hurdles remain now for the players’ participation in IPL 2021, there’s still some internal debate going on in the public, especially about the workload issues ahead of the T20 World Cup. Arch-rivals CSK and MI will kick off the tournament on September 19, which will go on till October 15.

England’s three-ODI and three-T20I tour of Bangladesh, scheduled for September and October, has been moved to March 2023. It opens up the opportunity for England’s limited-overs cricketers like Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, and Sam Curran to play the Indian Premier League.

Cricket Australia has issued No Objection Certificates for the players to return to the IPL next month, while a planned T20 tri-series with Afghanistan and West Indies may be re-purposed as (T20) World Cup warm-ups.

Ricky Ponting: IPL 2021 Undoubtedly Best Preparation For The T20I World Cup

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, head coach of Delhi Capitals, however, dismissed these concerns on Friday, saying IPL 2021 would be the “best preparation” for the players.

“Those guys that haven’t played for three or four months now, they need to get back into the groove of playing high-quality cricket against the best players in the world. No doubt it’s their best preparation (for the T20 World Cup) to be in those exact conditions, playing in probably the strongest domestic T20 tournament in the world.

“All the best players in the world will be there … and I’m not just saying it because I want some of the Australian players there at the Delhi Capitals,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)

Elsewhere, David Warner of Australia has confirmed availability for Sunrisers Hyderabad which also has the services of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow (both England). Australians Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis have already informed their franchise Delhi Capitals that they would be showing up for the tournament. There are 14 English and 20 Australians in different franchises for IPL 2021.

Cricket Australia (CA) on Sunday cleared the way for its players to take part in the remainder of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) in the UAE in September and October. Cricket Australia’s clearance came after the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced the postponement of a three-match ODI series between the two nations that was originally planned to be held in India ahead of the T20 World Cup

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings. Image Credits: Twitter

Chennai Super Kings Pledged To Donate 450 Oxygen Concentrators To Tamil Nadu Government

Chennai Super Kings, Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise on Saturday pledged to donated 450 oxygen concentrators to the Tamil Nadu government which will help them in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chennai Super Kings director R Srinivasan handed over the oxygen concentrators to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin at his office in Chennai on Saturday. R Srinivasan handed over the oxygen concentrators to the state’s Chief Minister MK Stalin, with the president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Rupa Gurunath also present.

CSKCL Director Mr R Srinivasan, handed over an oxygen concentrator to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, on Saturday. - CSKCL MEDIA
CSKCL Director Mr. R Srinivasan, handed over an oxygen concentrator to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin, on Saturday. – CSKCL MEDIA

Chennai Super Kings Donated  450 Oxygen Concentrators To Be Used For The Benefit Of Covid-19 Patients

The three-time champions have tied up with Bhoomika Trust, an NGO involved in Covid relief operations, to procure the oxygen concentrators. The first consignment of oxygen concentrators has arrived and the remaining is expected to reach early next week. The oxygen concentrators will be used for the “benefit of Covid patients being treated in Government hospitals and the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC)-run Covid care centres.”

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)

India’s healthcare infrastructure is reeling under the pressure of the deadly second wave of Covid-19 over the last few weeks. India added more than 4.01 lakh new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours with a record 4,187 fatalities.

“The people of Chennai and Tamil Nadu form the very heartbeat of the Super Kings and we want them to know that we are all together in this fight against the pandemic,” CSK CEO Mr. KS Viswanathan said.

Hospitals in several states have been complaining of shortage of oxygen for weeks which forced the Supreme Court on Saturday to form a 12-member national task force that would be tasked with formulating a methodology for the “scientific allocation of medical oxygen”.

Chennai Super Kings Were Also Hit By The Covid-19 Virus After Both Batting And Bowling Coach Tested Positive And Shifted To Chennai

Chennai Super Kings were themselves hit hard by the virus after bowling and batting coaches Laxmipathy Balaji and Michael Hussey tested positive for Covid-19 in Delhi, earlier this week, which also contributed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s decision to suspend the IPL 2021 for an indefinite period.

Laxmipathy Balaji and Michael Hussey have since been shifted to Chennai for further treatment. Notably, CSK captain MS Dhoni has decided to stay back in Delhi until all his teammates depart from the capital city, some of whom have already reached home.

Laxmipathy Balaji and Michael Hussey recently tested positive for Covid-19.
Laxmipathy Balaji and Michael Hussey recently tested positive for Covid-19.

4 players namely Varun Chakravarthy (Kolkata Knight Riders), Sandeep Warrier (KKR), Wriddhiman Saha (Sunrisers Hyderabad), and Amit Mishra (Delhi Capitals) – also returned positive results on May 3 and 4. Two more KKR cricketers – Tim Siefert and Prasidh Krishna – tested positive on Saturday.

CSK started with a defeat against Delhi Capitals but later bounced back with 5 straight wins before losing to MI in a high-scoring thriller in the last game before IPL 2021 was postponed. They held the 2nd spot in IPL 2021 points table with 5 wins in 7 matches. For CSK, Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, and Ravindra Jadeja impressed with notable performances.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Image Credit: Twitter)

Positive COVID-19 Cases Not A Joke Anymore: Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina was part of the CSK setup which saw as many three positive cases of Coronavirus. Batting coach Michael Hussey was the third person from CSK to be tested positive.

Chennai Super Kings Suresh Raina has shared his feelings on the state of affairs as far as the Covid-19 is concerned especially as it led to the eventual cancellation of IPL after KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, Delhi’s Amit Mishra, and Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha tested positive. Suresh Raina said ‘this is not a joke anymore’ and despite this, the country will overcome the situation together.

CSK batting coach Mike Hussey(Twitter)
CSK batting coach Mike Hussey(Twitter)

Suresh Raina Said Positive Covid-19 Cases Are Not A Joke Anymore As Michael Hussey Tests Positive

Suresh Raina had left the CSK bubble last year when the IPL was shifted to UAE. But this year he chose to play and accounted for 123 runs in seven games. He was himself very vocal and came out in aid of people affected by Covid-19.

“This isn’t a joke anymore! So many lives at stake & never felt so helpless in life. No matter how much we want to help, but we are literally running out of resources. Every single person of this country deserves a salute right for standing by each other to save lives!” he tweeted. 

His once colleague and now batting coach Michael Hussey has tested positive as well. Michael Hussey was part of the CSK set up and he became the latest person of the IPL ecosystem to get infected.

Suresh Raina (CSK)
Suresh Raina (CSK) (Image Credit: IPL)

CSK bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji had earlier tested positive for the virus, along with a member of the travel staff. The CSK team is currently in Delhi. The IPL was on Monday was suspended after multiple cases within the bubble. CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan had returned a positive test on Sunday morning. However, he returned negative tests by evening, confirming that the earlier test was a false positive.

Suresh Raina Withdrew From IPL 2020 For Spending Time With Family

Suresh Raina made his debut back in 2008 and have scored 5491 runs in 200 matches averaging 33.07. On his decision to withdraw his name for the cash-rich IPL 2020 held in UAE, the left-handed southpaw stated that he needed adequate time with his loved ones.

Suresh Raina with his wife and daughter
Suresh Raina with his wife and daughter (Image Credit: Twitter)

He cherished the moments with his family. Moreover, the Uttar Pradesh-born cricketer talked about the gruesome incident where a few of his relatives lost their lives in Pathankot during a robbery attempt which was another reason for his withdrawal.

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings. Image Credits: Twitter

IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Game Postponed Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Chennai Super Kings have decided not to play Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday after 3 members tested Covid-19 positive. It is the second match to be rescheduled after Monday’s game between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kolkata Knight Riders was also postponed after the KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy and seam bowler Sandeep Warrier tested positive for Covid-19.

One of the Chennai Super Kings officials has told Indian Express that the franchise will be undergoing 6-day quarantine and have informed BCCI that they can’t play the match against Rajasthan Royals. Due to the current scenario, BCCI has decided to postpone the Wednesday clash, reported PTI.

Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be Covid positive in the third round of testing (Courtesy of BCCI)
Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier were found to be Covid positive in the third round of testing (Courtesy of BCCI)

Chennai Super Kings Can’t Play Next Game Against Rajasthan Royals As Per Covid Protocols Of 6 Day Quarantine

Kasi Viswanathan, the Chennai Super Kings’ chief executive officer, told ESPNcricinfo that the franchise had written to the IPL on Monday informing them that the entire Chennai Super Kings contingent was isolating immediately after it emerged two people, including bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, had tested positive for Covid-19 after yesterday’s round of tests.

Incidentally, Kasi Viswanathan was originally part of the three people to test positive in the tests conducted on May 2, which was a day after the Super Kings lost a last-ball thriller to defending champions Mumbai Indians in Delhi. Then, yesterday’s round of follow-up testing cleared Kasi Viswanathan, but Laxmipathy Balaji and the cleaner of the team’s bus tested positive for the second time in two days.

“The coach is asymptomatic. However, as per the BCCI’s Covid protocols, everybody who has come in contact with him will have to undergo a six-day quarantine. We can’t play our next game (against Rajasthan Royals). The BCCI knows about the testing protocols and how many tests need to become negative before an all-clear is given.

“We have communicated it to the BCCI. They will have to reschedule the game between CSK and Rajasthan Royals,” a Chennai Super Kings official told The Indian Express.

Laxmipathy Balaji is the bowling coach of CSK.
Laxmipathy Balaji is the bowling coach of CSK. © BCCI/IPL

This means not only Chennai Super Kings game against Rajasthan Royals will be postponed but also their game against Sunrisers Hyderabad will be under threat.

CSK is supposed to play SRH on May 7th. According to the report by the paper, CSK informed the BCCI that they could step back on the field only once all players who came in contact with the two people who tested positive cleared three tests over a six-day period, as per Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the IPL.

Chennai Super Kings Entire Team Should Go Into Quarantine: An Overseas Cricketer

It is worth noting that currently, Kolkata Knight Riders are also under quarantine and so is the Delhi Capitals squad. All these developments are making the continuation of IPL very difficult.

Problems for the IPL 2021 & BCCI are increasing leaps and bounds every minute. Sources have reliably learned that foreign players of one of the leading IPL franchises have told the management that they want to quit amid a surge in the Covid-19 cases in India. The concerned franchise has informed BCCI  about the decision of the foreign players.

“Most of our foreign players now doesn’t want to continue. They don’t feel safe anymore. We have assured them we will take care of them and if required will also take care of their travel out of India. Without the availability of these players, how we can continue,” said the franchise official. 
InsideSport.co also tried reaching out to some of the foreign players in various franchises and found out that most of them are on tenterhooks.
“We are extremely worried now, situation is not normal anymore. We are also concerned about Balaji’s positive case. Why BCCI is not quarantining the entire team, Balaji was their in the dugout and in the dressing room with the entire CSK team. The entire team should go into quarantine, its getting difficult to continue like this,” said one of the overseas player. 
DDCA's Arun Jaitley Stadium is scheduled to host IPL matches until May 8. Five Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) ground staff have tested positive for Covid-19.
DDCA’s Arun Jaitley Stadium is scheduled to host IPL matches until May 8. Five Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) ground staff have tested positive for Covid-19.

Tuesday’s match between Mumbai and the Sunrisers Hyderabad is set to run as per schedule. There were questions about whether the match should go-ahead for two primary reasons. First, Mumbai had played the Chennai Super Kings on Saturday with Laxmipathy Balaji in the dugout. Although all members of the Mumbai franchise were subsequently tested, there was lingering concern whether they, too, should have isolated.

The second reason was some members of the ground staff at the Arun Jaitley Stadium had tested positive. The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Rohan Jaitley confirmed there was no positive case among the group of staff members that had been present over last weekend’s matches. Mumbai and the Sunrisers did not train at the venue on Monday.

MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

MS Dhoni Himself Can Take Call On Retirement: Kiran More

MS Dhoni’s presence as Chennai Super Kings skipper in IPL 2020, for the first time since his international retirement in August earlier this year undoubtedly cheered his fans.

However, MS Dhoni’s dismal showing with the bat in IPL 2020 season coupled with CSK’s performance as the team made many ask if MS Dhoni would be calling time on his IPL career as well.

MS Dhoni (CSK)
MS Dhoni (CSK) (Image Credit: IPL)

Kiran More: CSK’s One Bad Year Should Not Be Emphasized

Former India wicket-keeper batsman Kiran More spoke to TimesofIndia.com about MS Dhoni’s IPL future saying ‘age is just a number’ for the only international captain to have won all three ICC trophies.

“In 13 years of time (11 for CSK), you might have one bad year. That’s what happened with CSK. CSK have won titles thrice. We shouldn’t give much importance to CSK’s one bad year. Dhoni is a legend, don’t forget that. Winning three titles is a big record. They (CSK) will go back to the drawing board and sort out their issues,” More said.

MS Dhoni, who is aged 39 currently, ended all speculation about his IPL future himself at the toss in their last league match this season against Kings XI Punjab, where he was asked by former New Zealand cricketer and commentator Danny Morrison whether that would be his last IPL appearance. MS Dhoni, who is known for his calm and composed demeanour, replied in the negative.

Kiran More
Kiran More (Image Credit: Google)

Interestingly, earlier, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan had also said that he was confident that the wicketkeeper-batsman will continue to lead the side next year as well. CSK played 14 matches in IPL 2020, winning 6 and suffering defeats on 8 occasions. Previously, CSK won the title thrice – 2010, 2011, and 2018 besides finishing as runners-up on five occasions – 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2019.

On being asked whether Dhoni should retire and make way for other players for CSK, More said:” It’s up to Dhoni how he feels – mentally and physically. Will his body allow him to play next year? Dhoni himself knows the answer better than others.” More told TimesofIndia.com.

The yellow brigade slumped to their worst-ever performance in IPL history, finishing 7th on the points tally and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in their 11 season history considering CSK was suspended for two seasons in 2016 and 2017. MS Dhoni managed to make just 200 runs in 14 matches averaging a pathetic 25 at a strike rate of just over 116, the lowest he’s ever made in an IPL season.

This season, there was no doubt that the batsman looked rusty also preferring to come out to bat quite late in many matches raising eyebrows. He was playing competitive cricket for the first time since India’s semi-final ouster in the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup, where they lost to New Zealand at Manchester. Former India captain Kapil Dev, who took India to the 1983 World Cup title had earlier said that MS Dhoni should consider playing domestic cricket too considering his retirement from international cricket.

MS Dhoni’s Abilities Shouldn’t Be Doubted And It’s Totally MS Dhoni’s Call To Announce Retirement: Kiran More

Before the 2020 IPL season, MS Dhoni’s worst performance with the bat was in IPL 2016, where he was playing for the Rising Pune Supergiant team when CSK was banned. He scored 284 runs in that edition. Apart from 2016 and 2020, instances, where MS Dhoni failed to cross the 300 run mark in an IPL season, were in 2010 (287 runs for CSK) and 2017 (290 runs for RPSG).

MS Dhoni For RPS
MS Dhoni For RPS Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Kiran More, who played 49 Tests and 94 ODIs for India feels people shouldn’t doubt MS Dhoni’s abilities going by what transpired in 2020 and the fact that he is 39 years old. He noted that some superstars like CSK teammate Imran Tahir and Kings XI Punjab’s Chris Gayle are still playing cricket despite being in early forties.

“It is totally Dhoni’s call (retiring from IPL). Age is just a number for Dhoni. Chris Gayle is 41 and he is doing really well. This is the biggest example before us. We shouldn’t doubt Dhoni’s abilities. If he wants to play, he will play. So, let’s leave it to him,” More told TimesofIndia.com.

The next edition of the IPL is technically just about five months away, going by the traditional April-May window. There is a possibility that the 2021 edition will also be played in the UAE if the Covid-19 situation in India doesn’t improve. Still, all eyes will be glued to see whether MS Dhoni returns to form and deliver both as batsman and skipper.

IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab - CSK Predicted XI
CSK. Image Credit: IPL.

CSK Will Not Buy Or Release Players In The IPL Mid-Season Transfer : CEO Kasi Viswanathan

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan has proclaimed that his side is not looking for any mid-season deal of players in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

As CSK is not having an expected season after the ouster of Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina, there were speculations that the franchise might look to bring a player to fill their void. However, Viswanathan has cleared that they are not looking at trading. He stated that the franchise has not even looked into the rules of mid-season transfer.

“CSK has never bought or released players in the mid-season transfer window and we have honestly not even gone through the rules and regulations that come into play if we are looking at a transfer. We are not looking at any player,” he explained.

CSK has already prepared plan A, B and C:  Kasi Viswanathan

CSK Will Not Buy Or Release Players In The IPL Mid-Season Transfer : CEO Kasi Viswanathan 5
Image Credit: BCCI/IPL

Vishwanathan explained that CSK team management had already prepared themselves for every course of the situation during the auction last year. Therefore, they are not into trading players now.

“It is a competition after all and I don’t think anyone would want to loan players to another franchise. Some might be playing and others might not, but all players are picked at the auction with numerous plans in mind and for different situations that might arise during the course of the tournament. You do not go in with just Plan A. You have an A, B, C and D,” he said.

CSK have lost five matches out of eight played so far and are lying at number six position on the points table. Their batting performance has been a problem this season as they are clearly missing Suresh Raina’s service. The franchise, however, has MS Dhoni as the captain who will surely bring back them in the game.

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Imran Tahir. 2019 Photo by Saikat Das /SPORTZPICS for IPL

IPL 2020: Imran Tahir Will Be Soon In Playing 11 – Kasi Viswanathan

Imran Tahir, who was the purple cap holder in the last year 2019’s Indian Premier League with 26 wickets in 17 matches but is yet to feature in a single IPL match for Chennai Super Kings after eight matches although CEO Kasi Viswanathan reckons that he may be soon in playing XI as soon as wickets start to offer turn for spinners.

CSK is persisting with 2 foreign batsmen and two all-rounders among foreign recruits but haven’t been able to win in many matches after their batting unit have failed, and the bowlers have been inconsistent too. But they returned to winning ways after beating David Warner led SunRisers Hyderabad by 20 runs to revenge their seven-run loss in the first leg. CSK skipper MS Dhoni named Piyush Chawla as the only change replacing Narayan Jagadeesan in the XI.

Kasi Viswanathan at the helm of affairs for CSK.
Kasi Viswanathan at the helm of affairs for CSK. Photo Credit: IPL.

Imran Tahir Will Be Considered As Soon As Wickets Turn In 2nd Half Of IPL: CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan.

MS Dhoni thought about Imran Tahir as one of the four foreigners for CSK but ultimately left him out considering a combination of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders. CSK went in with Faf Du Plessis, Shane Watson, Sam Curran and Dwayne Bravo in the match against SRH.

“He will definitely come into the picture as we go ahead. Right now, with the conditions on offer, the team composition has been planned with two foreigners at the top as pure batsmen and then two pace bowling all-rounders. But he will come in with the wickets starting to take turn in the second half. You have the 4-foreigner restriction so you always plan according to the conditions on offer,” Kasi Viswanathan explained.

MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo
MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo. Image Credits: IPL

“It has been difficult sitting out, but I have to be honest, I am enjoying and I know how we go about it as a team. I am happy if we are doing well and waiting for my opportunity and hopefully will be ready when I get it. Will be a good challenge playing against the young Indian talent. I see the pitches have started spinning a little bit,” Imran Tahir told the commentators during the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Though Faf Du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo scored ducks, Shane Watson top-scored with 42 and Sam Curran scored a brisk 31. Dwayne Bravo, however, picked two wickets conceding 25 runs in three overs. Imran Tahir has picked up as many as 79 wickets in 55 matches averaging 20.39. Imran Tahir is also available for mid-season transfer.

Kasi Viswanathan: CSK Have Not Gone Through Rules Of Mid Season Transfer Window As CSK Are Not Looking At Any Player

The mid-season transfer window is a relatively new concept and unlike previous year, this time around capped and uncapped cricketers who have played two matches or less can be transferred to opponent teams if both teams mutually agree in consent.

“CSK has never brought or released players in the mid-season transfer window and we have honestly not even gone through the rules and regulations that come into play if we are looking at a transfer. We are not looking at any player,” he explained.

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir With Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“It is a competition after all and I don’t think anyone would want to loan players to another franchise. Some might be playing and others might not, but all players are picked at the auction with numerous plans in mind and for different situations that might arise during the course of the tournament. You do not go in with just Plan A. You have an A, B, C and D,” he said. 

A lot of players like KXIP’s Chris Gayle, CSK’s Imran Tahir and Josh Hazlewood, RR’s Varun Aaron and David Miller, RCB’s Moeen Ali, Dale Steyn and Chris Morris, MI’s Chris Lynn and Mitchell McClenaghan , KKR’s Tom Banton and Lockie Ferguson, DC’s Ajinkya Rahane, SRH’s  Mohammad Nabi are some of the prominent names up for grabs.

The mid-season transfer was to be started after all teams played seven matches each which was completed on 12th October. Last season too the rules were in place for uncapped players to be loaned but no team loaned any player.