CSK is one of the most successful franchises in T20 cricket. In spite of missing out on two years, CSK boasts of the second-highest wins in IPL history. Critical to their success is the structure and model in place. Unlike other franchises, CSK has stuck with a core group of players. Although it is tough to maintain continuity in such a format, MS Dhoni leads CSK once again in IPL 2020. CSK is known for its knack for pulling off bargain buys. Throughout their history, the likes of Michael Hussey and Faf du Plessis have proved the aforementioned. Likewise, there is a lot of speculation on CSK 2020 IPL Auction buys.
CSK release five players in the IPL Retention with Sam Billings and David Willey leaving them. While CSK’s Plan A should be to cover up those gaps, they are capable of pulling out a surprise in the auction. Here are three players who may feature in CSK 2020 IPL Auction Plans.
1 Pat Cummins
A number of bowling allrounders have donned the CSK jersey over the years. With a vacancy here, CSK will look towards Pat Cummins in the upcoming auction. Pat Cummins has prior experience in the IPL while turning out for DC and KKR. While his IPL record isn’t too great, he is currently the best Test bowler in the world. Pat Cummins has all the tools to succeed in this format. Apart from being a brilliant bowler, he is adept with both bat and on the field.
As seen in the recently concluded T20I series against Pakistan, Pat Cummins is capable of bowling anywhere in the innings – be it the death overs or with the new ball. Last year, CSK did struggle with Lungi Ngidi also being unfit. While their experiment of using Scott Kuggleijn didn’t work, they will be keen to add Pat Cummins in their ranks as part of the CSK 2020 IPL Auction purchases.
2 Tom Banton
Likened to Kevin Pietersen, Tom Banton is one of the brightest prospects in world cricket. The English opener had a breakthrough year in 2019. Having made a mark in the T20 Blast 2019, he earned a call-up to the England T20I side. Although his performances left fans wanting for more, he did show glimpses of what he is capable of. He featured for Qalandars in the T10 League 2019. Banton scored two fifties for the Qalandars en route to their fourth-place finish. He has a wide range of shots in his arsenal and could serve as a backup to the CSK openers. With the Somerset star being an able keeper, he could deputize for Mahendra Singh Dhoni as well. Although Banton would love playing for MI, CSK might take a punt on Tom Banton in the auction.
3 Shahrukh Khan
CSK 2020 IPL Auction plans should have Shahrukh Khan’s name in it. The Tamil Nadu batsman is a revelation. Having made his name in the TNPL, he translated that form into the domestic scene for Tamil Nadu. With 244 runs batting in the lower order, Shahrukh Khan propelled himself into the limelight. Capable of batting as an opener, Shahrukh is known for his fast starts in TNPL. Although CSK did release Dhruv Shorey, they have a decent prospect in Shahrukh, in case they buy him. With CSK‘s knack of buying homegrown players being well known, you wouldn’t want to bet against this deal.