The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended for the current season, and its future is unclear. However, in sports, speculation never ceases. Because of the mega auction and the creation of two new franchises, IPL 2022 will be a massive event. All franchises must release all of their players prior to the IPL mega auction. Only 5 players are eligible to be retained (Retain & Right to Match).
CSK is the second most successful team in the history of IPL, with 3 titles under their belt, only 2 behind Mumbai (5 titles). But many fans would say they are the most consistent team in the IPL, and stats do support it. CSK have been involved in 8 finals and qualified for playoffs 10 times, only missing out in 2020 (suspended for two years, 2016 & 2017). After a disappointing campaign in 2020, CSK found the right combination of players ahead of IPL 2021. They were in second place on the points table before IPL 2021 was suspended.
With the future of IPL 2021 uncertain, let’s look at the 5 players who might be retained by CSK ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
MS Dhoni is the kind of player any selector would pick even if he is not scoring runs. The Veteran wicket-keeper has something unique in him; nobody reads the game better than him. Dhoni has been selected in the ICC ODI Team of the Year a record 8 times, 5 times as captain. In 2020 he was also named captain of the ICC ODI & T20I team of the Decade. Because of his brilliant reading of the game and leadership, CSK has been a part of the 8 IPL finals. Captain Cool has scored 4669 runs in IPL at an average of 40.25.