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IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Players Punjab Kings (PBKS) Can Target. Chennai Super Kings are expected to let go of a number of players after the franchise finished 9th in the 10-team tournament in IPL 2022. Several talented youngsters will be brought up at the auction table and CSK would want to buy some to strengthen their squad as they’d want to push for one more title in what is most likely to be MS Dhoni’s last IPL season.

IPL 2023
IPL 2023. Image: Twitter

The likes of Chris Jordan, Adam Milne, Narayan Jagadeesan, Bhagath Verma, C Hari Nishanth, Prashant Solanki, KM Asif, Tushar Deshpande, Subhranshu Senapati, and Matheesha Pathirana may be released by Chennai Super Kings.

MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja
MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo: IPL)

Ravindra Jadeja and his rumored rift with Chennai Super Kings had earlier raised eyebrows on the all-rounder’s inclusion in the team for IPL 2023. However, according to reports, CSK has refused to trade Ravindra Jadeja with a couple of teams.

The star all-rounder played with the franchise for many years and was retained for Rs 16 crore in the 15th edition of IPL 2022. From being criticized for his captaincy and poor performance with the bat to stepping down as the skipper, Ravindra Jadeja was in the news for the wrong reasons in IPL 2022. Reports tell that MS Dhoni has made it very clear to the CSK management that they cannot lose Ravindra Jadeja at any cost.

MS Dhoni-led CSK, who failed to qualify for the IPL 2022 Playoffs, has retained former captain Ravindra Jadeja but decided to release international cricketers like England pacer Chris Jordan and New Zealand duo of pacer Adam Milne and spinner Mitchell Santner.

Chennai has retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Mukesh Choudhary, Dwayne Pretorius, and Deepak Chahar for the 16th season of IPL. Chris Jordan, Adam Milne, Narayan Jagdeeshan and Mitchell Santner have been released.

After the IPL 2022 mega auction, the cricket legends weighted Punjab Kings among the probable teams to reach the playoff and even win the IPL trophy. The reason was that they had a very good team comprising a bunch of talented utility players who could single-handedly win matches for the franchise.

Tata IPL 2023 Trophy. (Photo: IPL)
Tata IPL 2023 Trophy. (Photo: IPL)

But, after the IPL league stage finished, the Mayank Agarwal-led team found themselves packing their bags with just 7 wins from 14 matches, finishing the IPL 2022 points table in the 6th position. There will be a lot of brainstorming from now leading up to the 16th edition of the IPL. The likes of Shahrukh Khan, Benny Howell, Sandeep Sharma, Vaibhav Arora, and even IPL 2022 skipper Mayank Agarwal may be released by the franchise.

According to several reports, the Mohali-based franchise is eyeing to release three expensive buys – Mayank Agarwal (INR 12 crore), Shahrukh Khan (INR 9 crore), and Odean Smith (INR 6 crore) – so that they will enter the mini-auction with a big purse.

Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan. Photo-IPL
Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan. Photo-IPL

Veteran Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been confirmed as the new captain of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) franchise for the forthcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Wednesday. Shikhar Dhawan, who was not a part of the Indian T20I World Cup 2022 squad and is considered an ODI specialist and ODI skipper nowadays will replace another opener Mayank Agarwal as the leader of the Punjab-based franchise in the IPL 2023.

IPL 2023 Auction: 3 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Players Punjab Kings (PBKS) Can Target

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan. Image: BCCI/IPL

Chris Jordan was released by Chennai Super Kings before IPL 2023 auctions. Hence Punjab Kings may target the pacer. 34-year-old Chris Jordan has been a key member of the England T20 side and is currently one of the best death bowlers in the business. The 34-year-old can give two quality overs in the death and can also be a handy batsman if needed.

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RCB and CSK both were interested in getting the services of the death-over specialist, Chris Jordan who finally came to the CSK camp for INR 3.6 crore in IPL 2022. Known to be a quality death bowler and for some hard-hitting shots lower down the order, Chris Jordan was drafted for the first time into the IPL in 2016 by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

He was acquired by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 50 Lakh in the 2017 edition. The Punjab Kings picked him in the 2020 auction for INR 3 cr and he picked 9 wickets in the season. He picked 4 scalps in as many matches in IPL 2021 and only 2 scalps in 4 IPL 2022 games for CSK.

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