Chennai Super Kings will begin their preparations ahead of IPL 2021 as early as on the 10th or 11th of March. Chennai Super Kings’ proposed camp will kickstart next week at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium with mostly domestic Indian players, including MS Dhoni who have no other commitments. There remains no official word on IPL 2021’s starting date or the venues; however, India will likely host it from April till June.
Chennai Super Kings had an IPL 2020 to forget as it was the first of the 13 seasons that they did not reach the playoffs. Their batting line-up struggled for the most part as Shane Watson and MS Dhoni struggled for consistency. While the yellow army accumulated a few victories towards the end, it was quite late and their final position was seventh in the points table.
Skipper MS Dhoni is likely to make his presence in Chennai from next week as he plots the three-time champions’ comeback from the nadir. The Super Kings will also have the services of Suresh Raina, who missed the 13th season due to family or personal reasons. The youngsters from the Super Kings to watch out in the upcoming season would be R Sai Kishore, Narayanan Jagadeesan, and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Chennai Super Kings’ performance in IPL 2021 auction:
Chennai Super Kings also performed reasonably well in IPL 2021 auction that took place on the 18th of February in Chennai. Before the auction, they traded batsman Robin Uthappa from Rajasthan Royals. As for in the auction, they acquired Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, C Hari Nishaanth, K Bhagath Verma, and M Harisankar Reddy.
Off-spinner and bowling all-rounder K Gowtham undeniably grabbed headlines by fetching INR 9.25 crores and became the highest uncapped Indian player in the auction history. England all-rounder Moeen Ali also went for a hefty INR 7 crores while Cheteshwar Pujara unexpectedly got a bet, going for INR 50 lakhs. The likes of Hari Nishaanth and Harisankar Reddy have also done well in the domestic circuit.