It feels good to be back
The last time Chennai Super Kings graced the field, J Jayalalitha was still the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Roger Federer was a player who was written off and Manchester United didn’t have Jose Mourinho managing them.
With the franchise being handed a ban for two years, the Chennai summers were not exactly the same. The Chepauk station and stadium didn’t breathe its usual air of energy considering it had neither the IPL matches nor a good share of international cricket or any of the WT20 matches.
Regardless of what was being said and done about the absence of the team, it was hard to ignore the extravaganza that is IPL. Even harder considering we are a city who witnessed someone as influential as MS Dhoni lead our team every other summer for the past few years. We drifted into watching it and eventually had a tough time seeing MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina play in different colors and an even tougher time watching Mumbai Indians add another trophy to their cabinet.
Looking back, it’s one of those rare occasions, when you are glad that the clock ticked faster than usual.
Coming back to cricket, we are gearing up for a fresh auction that is happening this weekend with MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja already on the team sheet for the first game. While it will be hard to rebuild the good old CSK, it can be assured that the management will go and try to buy back a few of them. It’s a tricky situation (to say the least) considering buying someone like a Dwayne Smith or a Brendon McCullum adds impact (yes!) but definitely doesn’t serve us as a long-term prospect going forward.
I personally believe MS Dhoni’s statement about trying to buy back R Ashwin is not something that should be read into as seriously and as much as it is being done. Dwayne Bravo is likely to be our first choice for the RTM and as much as I love the player Faf Du Plessis has become, I am not sure how we will be able to afford for both of these players with few teams having deeper pockets looking for Faf as a captaincy material. Brendon McCullum, Andrew Tye, and Dwayne Smith are other international players available for the RTM and bringing back someone like Tye will be a welcome sight considering Fleming’s franchises have gone top-order batting heavy off late missing the balance.
On the other hand, the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) has unearthed a lot of talents over the past couple of years and we would surely love to see some local lads getting onto the team bus from ITC. Maybe, we can go all guns blazing for someone like Washington Sundar besides adding a couple of promising options to boost the bench strength. Maybe, we will.
Yes, a lot can be told and contemplated but what really matters is the strategy that our think tank adopts. Not to forget that we have secured the services of Mike Hussey and L Balaji as well. I am sure they are doing the homework to get a team that fits Dhoni’s style of play at CSK.
To get the season going, we from teamchennai.in shall be publishing articles on potential targets.
Whom do you think should CSK buy for sure? Leave a comment below.