CSK team detail IPL 2021: Full detail of all-rounders, batsmen, bowlers, captain and coach

Chennai Super Kings is arguably one of the top IPL teams, despite a forgettable 2020 season where they finished second last. CSK has won the title thrice (2010, 2011, and 2018) and would be keen to extend the tally to four in the upcoming edition. They’ll play their first match of the season against Delhi Daredevils on April 10, 2021, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

While the core has been retained, some fresh faces will be playing for CSK this season. CSK has ended the contract with Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, and Kedar Jadhav, while the Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has announced retirement from league cricket. The franchise spent generously on acquiring Moeen Ali and Krishnappa Gowtham in the recent auction. Other buys include Robin Uthappa, Harisankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, and Cheteshwar Pujara.  

CSK team 2021 All-rounders

CSK has a fair share of all-rounders, including Ravindra Jadeja. The left-handed bat and left-arm orthodox bowler will be critical for CSK both, with the bat and ball. He can take crucial wickets and bat with the tail, finishing games with big hits. Though past his prime, Dwayne Bravo would be required to bowl death overs and play cameos to keep his team in the title hunt. Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, and Shardul Thakur can be explosive with the bat and effective with the ball. 

CSK team 2021 Bowlers

CSK has a decent bowling order with some prominent Indian and international names. Shardul Thakur spearheads the pace attack in Josh Hazelwood’s absence, who opted out of the IPL. Deepak Chahar and Lungisani Ngidi’ll support him. Jason Behrendorff might get a few games if any of the pacers perform poorly. The spin department is well served by Imran Tahir, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, and Karn Sharma. Even Raina can chance his arm. 

CSK team 2021 Batsman

CSK bats deep and is expected to put up and chase down big totals. Faf du Plessis is more likely to open the innings with the talented youngster Rituraj Gaikwad. The new entrant, Robin, can be the additional opener. With experienced pros like Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, and MS Dhoni, the team has a solid middle order. However, these batsmen lack match practice and hence, might struggle. The lower order is comprised of Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, and Moeen Ali. Sam Curran and Shardul Thakur could float up and down the order. 

CSK team 2021 Wicketkeeper

Who else but the skipper, MS Dhoni, would be the go-to wicketkeeper for CSK. Rituraj Gaikwad and N Jagadeesan are the two reserve wicketkeepers. 

CSK team 2021 Captain

CSK is one of those teams that persisted with one captain, MS Dhoni, through its IPL history. He would again lead the team in IPL 2021. 

CSK team 2021 Coach

CSK has a well-staffed coaching department headed by the former Kiwi captain, Stephen Fleming. Michael Hussey is the batting coach, L Balaji the bowling coach, and Rajiv Kumar the fielding coach.

PLAYER

STYLE

ROLE

AGE

MS Dhoni

Right Handed Bat 

Wicketkeeper

39

Ambati Rayudu

Right Handed Bat

Batsman 

35

Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore

Left Handed Bat / Slow Left Arm Orthodox

All Rounder

24

Mitchell Santner

Left Handed Bat / Slow Left Arm Orthodox

All Rounder

29

Ravindra Jadeja

Left Handed Bat / Left Arm Orthodox

All Rounder

32

Dwayne Bravo

Right Handed Bat / Right-Arm Fast Medium

All Rounder

37

Faf du Plessis

Right Handed Bat

Batsman

36

KM Asif

Right Arm Fast Medium

Bowler

27

Lungisani Ngidi

Right Arm Fast Medium

Bowler

25

Karn Sharma

Right Arm Leg Break 

Bowler

33

Deepak Chahar

Right Arm Fast Medium

Bowler

28

Imran Tahir

Right Arm Leg Break

Bowler

42

N Jagadeesan

Right Handed

Batsman

25

Robin Uthappa

Right Handed

Batsman

35

Rituraj Gaikwad

Right Handed

Batsman

24

Sam Curran

Left Handed Bat / Left Arm Medium Fast

All Rounder

22

Shardul Thakur

Right Handed Bat / Right Arm Medium Fast 

All Rounder

29

Suresh Raina

Left Handed

Batsman

34

Moeen Ali

Left Handed Bat / Right-arm Off-break

All Rounder

33

Krishnappa Gowtham

Right Handed Bat / Right-arm Off-break 

All Rounder

32

Cheteshwar Pujara

Right Handed

Batsman

33

Harishankar Reddy

Right Arm Fast Medium 

Bowler

22

C Hari Nishanth

Left Handed

Batsman

24

K. Bhagath Varma

Right Handed Bat / Right-arm Off-break 

All Rounder

22

Jason Behrendorff

Left Arm Fast Medium

Bowler

30

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