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IPL 2020- 4 Players from CSK to watch out for

What’s interesting is the balance they’ve possessed in each season in their batting and bowling departments, that someone or other emerges as the hero and wins the match for the Men in Yellow. 

Compared to other franchises, CSK hardly makes any change in their playing XI, keeping the core intact throughout the season and minor replacements from the benched players if needed. 

This time again, they are among the favorites for the title and if they manage to pull it off, they would be tied alongside Mumbai Indians, with 4 IPL titles to their name. 

Let’s take a look at the key players from CSK to keep an eye upon in IPL 2020 – 

Imran Tahir

Though it’s early to predict, still, one could see Imran Tahir as the highest wicket taker for Chennai Super Kings and even in the whole tournament in the upcoming season of IPL. 

The Protea leg-spinner grabbed the purple cap in IPL 2019, scalping 26 wickets while averaging 16.57, an economy of 6.69, and 2 four-fers to his name. 

Not just IPL, Tahir is one of the most sought out leg-spinners in T20 leagues across the globe, finding himself in the list of most wicket-takers at impressionable economies, and would look to focus all that experience amidst the tracks in UAE.

Harbhajan Singh

He is, by far, one of the best finger-spinners in the world of T20 cricket. Harbhajan is third on the list of highest wicket takers in IPL, with 150 wickets at an economy of 7.05.

 The right-arm off-spinner picked 16 wickets at an average of 19.50 in IPL 2019, and now, with the tracks in UAE offering great deal of help to the spinners, one would expect a similar run or perhaps even better from the spin maestro in IPL 2020. 

MS Dhoni

Dhoni has been hungrier than ever and struck sixes bigger than ever in the last two seasons in IPL. 

In IPL 2018, he promoted himself at No 4 and smashed over 450 runs at a strike rate of 150.66, taking his side to their 3rd title win. In IPL 2019, he was the front-runner in the batting department, piling 416 runs in 12 innings at an average of 83.20. 

He showed the glimpses of vintage Dhoni, who used to ram even the good deliveries for hits across the stadium, and with him now being retired from international cricket, the fans could get to see a more aggressive Thala in action. 

Shane Watson

Watson might have had a forgettable run throughout the league stages and Qualifier-1 in IPL 2019, he proved his mettle as a big-match player by smashing 80 off 59 deliveries in the finals versus Mumbai Indians. 

He is among the greatest all-rounders to have participated in IPL, scoring over 3500 runs and picking 92 wickets, more importantly, donning a key role behind his teams’ triumphs in the given editions –  Rajasthan Royals (2008) and Chennai Super Kings (2018). 

There’s a lot of expectations from Watson in the upcoming edition of IPL, considering he was in a good nick in PSL 2020, amassing 247 runs at a strike rate of 157.32, with 2 half-centuries. 

V Shashank
A cricket aficionado who has been following the game since the historic Ashes 2013-14. "People throw stones at you, you turn them into milestones." - Sachin Tendulkar


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