Keeping the player retention rules in mind and assuming franchises want to make use of both player retention options, we are putting out a list of players franchises are likely to retain for the next three years. Here is a look at the returning Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai Super Kings
It has been two years since we have seen the bright yellow jersey in the IPL and its return will definitely give a huge boost to the numbers in 2018. But the time away from the tournament has resulted in players moving to other sides. Looking ahead at the next three years, the franchise needs to be cautious on whom to keep considering some of the players in the squad are in their 30s. We expect plenty of new faces next year but the ones we believe will stay are listed below.
MS Dhoni is not the same T20 player that he was a few years ago. His ability in the shortest format of the game has come under question due to underwhelming performances over the last two years for the national side and in the IPL. But considering his abilities as a wicketkeeper and a middle-order batsman who can keep the scoreboard ticking, the former Indian skipper is a valuable asset. And he is, without doubt, the face of the franchise.
If Dhoni is the face of CSK, Suresh Raina is the deputy. A player who has been a major part of the franchise since its inception, Raina had a poor outing in 2016 with Gujarat Lions. But he performed well for them in 2017, finishing fourth in the race for the Orange Cap. The southpaw has fallen out of contention for the national side due to form, which is also reflecting in his domestic scores. But considering his consistency in the tournament over the last decade and the experience he brings to the table, CSK will back their star man to shine when they take field in 2018.
RTM 1: Ravindra Jadeja
Rs 9.72 crore – that price will be a huge factor in CSK determining whether Ravindra Jadeja should be retained or kept as RTM. The all-rounder has establish himself as a vital part of the Test side, but is currently on the fringes of the limited overs set-up. His last T20 game was against Windies when India toured the Caribbean earlier this year. While he is an excellent player to have in the side, his price is very high and CSK could gamble on him going for a lower price in the auction.
RTM 2: Brendon McCullum
The former New Zealand skipper may be one of the most exciting players in the world today, but he is 36. He has been consistently featuring in T20 competitions, so despite his age, his fitness is not an issue. CSK may want to keep an eye out for another opener in the top-order with the next three seasons in mind, and McCullum is likely to be their backup.
RTM 3: Dwayne Bravo
Firstly, age is not on the side of the ‘champion’. Secondly, Dwayne Bravo’s last half-century in T20s was in September 2016. Since that knock against Pakistan, he has not registered a score over 25. The West Indian’s ability as a bowler may be the only reason why CSK may consider keeping the player. But they are more likely to look for a better option.