CSK to play 11 2021 IPLs: Chennai Super Kings set to play XI for 2021 Indian Premier League

CSK Playing 11 IPL 2021: The Chennai Super Kings spent a total of 82.45 INR crore to fill their 25-player quota for IPL 2021.

Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings made the most of the Indian Premier League’s 14th season auction by spending a total of INR 17.35 crore on six players.

With veteran drummers such as Suresh Raina (vice-captain) and Robin Uthappa (traded from Rajasthan Royals) also on the squad, the Super Kings have a strong and flexible unit. The highlight of the IPL 2021 Chennai squad is the presence of a sufficient number of identical substitutes and several players capable of playing two roles.

The ‘floaty’ nature of the team means Dhoni can promote and demote players, a part of cricket he’s ridiculously good at, depending on the condition / situation / opposition.

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Dhoni, who is known to be reluctant to make multiple changes in successive games, could make a slight change to his approach after having 25 players on the squad.

CSK playing 11 IPL 2021


It wouldn’t be a big surprise if the Super Kings persist with Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis opening pair in IPL 2021. Gaikwad, who has scored three winning half centuries in the last three games of IPL 2020, deserves a longer rope.

du Plessis, meanwhile, has done enough over the years at CSK not to lose his place. The recently retired Test cricketer, who had the best scoring for CSK last season, had amassed a total of 2,088 points in 70 innings at an average hit rate of 33.14 and 129.53 respectively for them.

What also shouldn’t come as a surprise is Raina’s return to No.3. Although he has played limited competitive cricket for the past two or so years, the left-hitter continues to be a central element of the Super Kings.

Middle order

The middle order in Chennai is likely to see most of the changes throughout the tournament, mainly due to the nature of their squad and batting promotions. The constants i.e. Ambati Rayudu, Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja will continue to beat in middle order with Moeen Ali, Sam Curran and Krishnappa Gowtham moving up and down as required.

If it’s not in the starting XI, expect Uthappa to play a big role at the top or middle as the tournament progresses. Cheteshwar Pujara, who will play in the IPL after seven years, could also be given a role at the top of the order.

In such a scenario, there is a possibility that du Plessis will beat in the middle order. All-round veteran Dwayne Bravo, who has completed many games for the Super Kings, will most likely be moved down order due to his dwindling comebacks.


CSK and Dhoni, who love to play with their bowlers, shouldn’t be worried in this department either. With the number of bowlers and versatile specialists they have, the Super Kings will benefit from an extended batting lineup this season.

As for the Indian pacers, the proven Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur will likely play together or in rotation depending on demand. While Curran will play as a versatile player, the overseas point guard will alternate between Josh Hazlewood and Lungi Ngidi.

On the rotating tracks, Dhoni will have the luxury of playing veteran spinner Imran Tahir as the fourth foreign player in place of a foreign stimulator. Prime spinners, on the other hand, should be covered in the all-rounder segment at Jadeja, Gowtham and Ali. That said, team management will also be keen to try R. Sai Kishore after his commendable performances on the national circuit.

CSK Game Prediction XI – 1) Ruturaj Gaikwad 2) Faf du Plessis 3) Suresh Raina 4) Ambati Rayudu 5) MS Dhoni (c & wk) 6) Moeen Ali 7) Ravindra Jadeja 8) Sam Curran 9) Krishnappa Gowtham 10) Deepak Chahar 11) Josh Hazlewood

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