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CSK Team Preview IPL 2022: Chennai Super Kings Bank on MS Dhoni's 'Dad's Army' For Title Defence

Chennai Super Kings and MS Dhoni will bank on their experienced players for title defence. (BCCI/IPL Image)

Chennai Super Kings and MS Dhoni will bank on their experienced players for title defence. (BCCI/IPL Image)

CSK Team Preview IPL 2022: CSK will once again bank on their try and tested formula of 'Daddies Army'.

CSK Team Preview IPL 2022: Being one of the most successful franchises, four-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings will look to produce another memorable show in the next edition of the Indian Premier League. The defending champions have an uphill task ahead of them to defend their title with the addition of two new teams in the tournament. CSK have been the most consistent side in the tournament history and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will look to add another trophy to the cabinet at the age of 40. As expected, CSK backed their former players and managed to get them back in the auction with the likes of Deepak Chahar, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo. However, they had to let go of veterans Suresh Raina and Faf du Plessis alongside all-rounder Shardul Thakur.

Strength

CSK will once again bank on their try and tested formula of ‘Daddies Army’. The franchise have managed to get their core back from the last season and is going to rely heavily on them. Their biggest strength will be the batting line up which starts with the orange cap winner of last season Ruturaj Gaikwad followed by some experienced names like Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. The four-time champions have added some much-needed firepower with the signings of Shivam Dube, Devon Conway and Chris Jordan. The Yellow Army knows how to handle pressure and hold their nerves in a crunch situation.

Weakness

After losing a valuable asset like Shardul Thakur, CSK looked a bit inferior in the bowling department as compared to last year. The injury of Deepak Chahar causes more concern for Dhoni and the team management. Chahar has not fully recovered from his hamstring injury and it is expected that he might miss more than half of the season. CSK don’t have a like to like replacement for Chahar on whom they spend a hefty INR 14 crore in the auction. They also lack a quality overseas pacer as Chris Jordan and Adam Milne don’t have the best of numbers in the IPL so far. Chahar’s injury is going to hurt CSK’s campaign unless Dhoni manages to find an unsung hero from the squad.

Here’s the full schedule of CSK for IPL 2022:-

MATCH DAYMATCH NO.DAYDATETIMEPM/AMHOME TEAMAWAY TEAMVENUE
11Sat26-Mar-2207:30PMChennai Super KingsKolkata Knight RidersWankhede  Stadium
67Thu31-03-202207:30PMLucknow Super GiantsChennai Super KingsBrabourne  – CCI
911Sun03-04-202207:30PMChennai Super KingsPunjab  KingsBrabourne  – CCI
1517Sat09-04-202203:30PMChennai Super KingsSunrisers HyderabadDY Patil Stadium
1822Tue12-04-202207:30PMChennai Super KingsRoyal Challengers BangaloreDY Patil Stadium
2329Sun17-04-202207:30PMGujarat TitansChennai Super KingsMCA Stadium, Pune
2733Thu21-04-202207:30PMMumbai IndiansChennai Super KingsDY Patil Stadium
3138Mon25-04-202207:30PMPunjab  KingsChennai Super KingsWankhede  Stadium
3746Sun01-05-202207:30PMSunrisers HyderabadChennai Super KingsMCA Stadium, Pune
4049Wed04-05-202207:30PMRoyal Challengers BangaloreChennai Super KingsMCA Stadium, Pune
4455Sun08-05-202207:30PMChennai Super KingsDelhi CapitalsDY Patil Stadium
4859Thu12-05-202207:30PMChennai Super KingsMumbai IndiansWankhede  Stadium
5162Sun15-05-202203:30PMChennai Super KingsGujarat TitansWankhede  Stadium
5668Fri20-05-202207:30PMRajasthan RoyalsChennai Super KingsBrabourne  – CCI

Strongest Playing XI for CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway (Overseas), Moeen Ali (Overseas), Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C and WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo (Overseas), Deepak Chahar, Chris Jordan, Rajvardhan Hangargekar

CSK Full Squad

Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, Shivam Dube, Chris Jordan, Maheesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Devon Conway, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Subhranshu Senapati, Mukesh Choudhary, Prashant Solanki, K.Bhagath Varma, C.Hari Nishaanth, N. Jagadeesan, K.M. Asif, Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh.

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first published:March 18, 2022, 10:13 IST