The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League has been halted midway due to the contagious COVID-19. However, one event that has created commotion in the cricket fraternity is the IPL 2022 mega auction. Once held every three years, the IPL mega auction determines the prospect for the upcoming few seasons in the IPL.
Moreover, the crucial event could prove to be a strenuous task for some teams, especially a team like Chennai Super Kings (CSK). CSK is the second most successful team of IPL with three IPL titles to their name. With some senior players nearing the twilight of their careers, a tough road lies ahead for CSK. The team has limited options to retain or RTM (Right-to-Match). CSK will certainly retain its faith with Dhoni, the soul of CSK along with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and budding talent Sam Curran. They will try their fortune with some experienced and valuable players using their Right to Match (RTM) card in IPL 2022 mega auction.
Let's take a glance at 5 valuable players on whom CSK will play bet through RTM in the IPL mega auction 2022:
1. Suresh Raina
Sures Raina has been an inseparable part of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) over the years in the IPL. Being one of the highest run-scorer in IPL history, he also adds value with his lightning-quick work in the field. CSK is likely to release Raina for the upcoming auction but wouldn't leave a stone unturned to retain him through Right to Match. He is the cornerstone of the CSK batting lineup. In his IPL career, Raina has scored a remarkable 5491 runs that include 39-half centuries. He also leads the list of most catches with 104.
2. Faf du Plessis
In the last few years, Faf du Plessis has contributed immensely to the CSK team. He is a regular feature at the top of the order and leads the batting onslaught from the front. The former South African skipper has been the most valuable player both with bat and athleticism in the field. At present, he is the playmaker for CSK. In 84 innings, Faf has scored 2622 runs with a stunning average of 35. He has smashed 20 half-centuries so far. Hence, the CSK management might consider utilizing their Right To Match option to retain du Plessis in the 2022 Mega auction.
3. Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali is CSK”s one of the latest recruits to join the experienced brigade in yellow. After a supreme tussle in the bidding event, CSK bagged the notable English all-rounder for a whopping INR 7 crores. Nonetheless, Moeen Ali appeared to be a lucky draw for the CSK and was in sublime touch in the IPL 2021. In his IPL career so far, Ali has amassed 515 runs at a strike rate of 158 and picked up 15 wickets in 22 innings. Ali is a wholesome package film T20. Hence, CSK might go with potential Right to Match (RTM) to retain this resourceful England's allrounder.
4. Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad was the only encouraging sign in the IPL 2020 for CSK. Dhoni bestowed his faith in this young talent, helping him to realize his potential and capitalize on it. Gaikwad showed his brilliance and earned a place in the CSK playing XI despite heavy competition for spots. He has amassed 400 runs including five crucial half-centuries in 13 innings. So, Dhoni and CSK management will not let go of him easily after investing so much. They will surely utilize RTM to retain this blooming youngster.
5. Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar has been the most impressive frontline bowler for CSK. His brilliance in starting overs has guided CSK towards the victory line on several occasions. Dhoni has always stood like a rock behind Chahar during the gloomy phase and he paid his allegiance with an impressive performance. The swing bowler has grabbed 53 wickets with the best bowling figures of 4/13. For the CSK prospects, he is the heart of the bowling lineup and thus the management will surely retain him using RTM.