The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have reached Dubai, completed their quarantine and began training for the second half of IPL 2021, where they aim to continue their run in the first half – 5 wins in 7 matches claiming second place on the table – and win their fourth IPL title.
MS Dhoni’s side will resume the season against defending champions Mumbai Indians in the first game of the UAE leg on September 19.
But UAE, will being unenthusiastic memories for the fans as last season in the same country, CSK failed to qualify for the playoffs – for the first time in the IPL history. Now, however, they have roared back in style in India’s leg this year,
They look ready to carry on their victory march as there is no upheaval in their squad. In fact, MS Dhoni’s bowling options have increased after Josh Hazlewood confirmed his availability for the UAE leg after he had earlier pulled out from the matches in India.
This would mean that his replacement, Jason Behrendorff, will have to be released. Behrendorff had arrived in India and completed his quarantine before the tournament was suspended.
English players Moeen Ali and Sam Curran, and the South African trio of Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Lungi Ngidi, all will return to play. All of them have been pivotal in CSK’s success so far, so has been the Indian contingent.
CSK Squad for the remainder of IPL 2021:
MS Dhoni (capt), Ambati Rayudu, C Hari Nishanth, Cheteshwar Pujara, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Harisankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Josh Hazlewood, K Bhagath Varma, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, Narayan Jagadeesan, R Sai Kishore, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina
CSK Schedule for remaining matches (All times in IST):
September 19: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians, 7.30 pm, Dubai
September 24: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 7.30 pm, Sharjah
September 26: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 3.30 pm, Abu Dhabi
September 30: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 7.30 pm, Sharjah
October 2: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, 7.30 pm, Abu Dhabi
October 4: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals, 7.30 pm, Dubai
October 7: Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings, 3.30 pm, Dubai
The playoffs are scheduled on October 10, 11, 13 and the final on October 15 in Dubai.