MS Dhoni-led side Chennai Super Kings becomes the Indian Premier League IPL champion for the 5th time after beating Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2023 final. With this, CSK also becomes the 2nd team to win 5 titles in IPL history till now. Although CSK is one of the most successful teams in the IPL, they faced some injury concerns before IPL 2023. And with the retirement of Ambati Rayudu, they will look to fit in some new players for the IPL 2024.
5th title for MS Dhoni in the IPL
MS Dhoni also equaled the record of winning the most titles as captain in the IPL with Rohit Sharma. CSK defeated GT by 5 wickets when they chased down a revised target of 171 in 15 overs. Rohit Sharma has also won 5 titles as MI captain.
With Ben Stokes missing most part of the IPL 2023 for CSK, Rayudu’s retirement, and some injury concerns, CSK will target some new players in the IPL 2024 auction. We have picked 3 players’ names who might be in CSK’s consideration for the Indian Premier League 2024. Let’s see the names and their roles one by one.
3 Players CSK will go for in the IPL 2024 auction
1. Ajitesh Guruswamy
One of the players CSK may be interested in for the IPL 2024 is Ajitesh. He scored the most runs in the TNPL 2023 for Nellai Royal Kings (NRK).
CSK always considers TNPL’s performance
CSK always looks for new talent from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. They always have a scout camp in which new talent from the state came every year. This year as well, they surely had a closer look at TNPL 2023. And Ajitesh will be one of the players who could get the nod on his recent performance.
His TNPL 2023 performance
With an impressive strike rate of 163.14 and a run average of 64.17, Ajitesh scored 385 runs in 10 games. However, his team fell short against Lyca Kovai Kings in the TNPL 2023 championship final. They lost it by 104 runs. He himself had a poor game in the final. Ajitesh only managed to score one run in two balls.
Perfect replacement for Ambati Rayudu
For someone like Ambati Rayudu, who played his final IPL game this year, the 20-year-old right-handed batter would be the ideal substitute. A solid candidate to play in the middle order for CSK, Ajitesh has a strong understanding of how to pace the inning.
For the IPL 2024, CSK will undoubtedly take into account his TNPL 2023 performance. Ajitesh might even land a hefty IPL contract in 2024, who knows? He needs to keep playing well in domestic cricket to have a chance to influence the franchise in the IPL 2024 auction. Also, CSK can also invest in him for the longer run as he is so young.
2. Sam Curran
Sam Curran is the player of the tournament in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. It shows that he is a player for big occasions.
Englishmen for Englishmen
Sam Curran could be a perfect replacement for someone like Ben Stokes, who missed most part of the IPL 2023 due to injury. There is a possibility that CSK will release Stokes before IPL 2024 auction. And Curran could play that role for CSK next year.
He has the ability to swing the ball both ways and has been very handy with the new ball. Curran can also be one of the death bowling partners along with M Pathirana.
MS Dhoni used him as a floater with the bat before
Sam Curran has already played for CSK in 2020-2021. MS Dhoni used him as a floater as sometimes he bats down the order, and sometimes at No. 3, 4, or according to the situation. He can play the role of a proper batter as well and can bring balance to the team. CSK’s strength over the years has always been the all-rounders. Whether it is R Jadeja, S Dube, DJ Bravo, S Raina, S Watson, etc, all played multiple roles for CSK over the years and contributes to the team’s success.
Sam Curran could be another all-rounder for the team. Let’s see if he gets another lucrative IPL contract just like IPL 2023 or not.
3. Daryl Mitchell
Daryl Mitchell has done well for NZ over the years. He is the kind of a player who can bat anywhere from opening to No. 7.
CSK might go after him in the IPL 2024 auction as he is one of the best in-form players in the last one and a half years or so.
He can give some overs as well if needed.
Mitchell’s IPL record
The New Zealander played in the IPL for the first time in 2022 for Rajasthan Royals (RR). He only got two games in that season in which he scored 33 runs.
IPL Auction 2024, Date
Despite not being officially announced, the date of the IPL 2024 auction has been expected for the 1st week of December.
IPL Auction 2024, Venue
It is expected that Mumbai will host the IPL Auction in 2024.
So these are the 3 probable names CSK might look for in the IPL 2024 auction. We will get a clear picture as the auction date comes closer.
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