After Chennai Super Kings returned to IPL in 2018 post-two-year ban, they prioritize experience instead of youth in mega-auction that year. The likes of Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo made the core of the squad. The experienced campaigners did yield the result when CSK won the title in 2018 and make it to finals in 2019, but not investing in youth cost them on the big ground of UAE.
This year their batting looked out of the fire and their bowling, which was handmade for the slow tracks of Chennai, lacked the pace to trouble batsman in UAE. Absence of Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina, their two strong pillars in batting and bowling, hurt them badly as none of their replacement – N Jagdeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Piyush Chawla- performed well.
Here we will discuss 3 players that didn’t retain by Chennai Super Kings.
- Andrew Tye
Chennai Super Kings bought Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye during the IPL 2015 auction. But in 2015 IPL, CSK didn’t select him in the playing XI in the whole season. Thereafter, Chennai banned from playing IPL, in 2016 and 2017.
In the next season, Gujrat Lions bought him in the auction and he became the most successful bowler for them. During the Indian Premier League 2016, Tye picked 24 wickets, Including one hat-trick and a five wickets haul. In 2018, As Gujarat Lions’ term ended and CSK didn’t retain him, Punjab saw the opportunity and bought him for a whopping amount of Rs 7.2 crores.
- Brendon Mccullum
Brendon McCullum lit up the IPL in the very first game with a blistering knock of 158* against RCB. During the Indian Premier League 2014 auction, CSK bought him. He and Dwayne smith was the most dangerous opening batsman in IPL 2014 and 2015. playing for CSK, Mccullum scored the runs with a strike rate of 138 and an average of 32 and also scored a century against Hyderabad With the ban on the CSK, Gujarat Lions bought him during the Indian Premier League auction 2016, where he fared decently for a couple of years. During 2018 auction, He was once again available in the auction but CSK decided not to retain or buy him.
- Ravichandran Ashwin
Before CSK banned from the Indian Premier League, R Ashwin was their match-winner bowlers. For seven years Ravi Ashwin was an indispensable part of CSK. Ashwin’s shot to fame was the wicket of an in-form Chris Gayle in the final of IPL 2011. He scalped a total of 20 wickets in that season. But When Chenani came from the ban, they didn’t retain him and Ashwin played for KXIP. in this year of IPL, Ashwin is playing for Delhi Capitals and doing a great job for them in the middle overs.