Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL 13) is the 13th season of the IPL will begin on March 29 at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The defending champions Mumbai Indians team will begin their campaign to save the title while playing at home.
Last year, Mumbai won the IPL title by beating Chennai Super Kings. Chennai Super Kings is the only IPL team after Mumbai to have won this title thrice.
Not only has CSK won the IPL title three times, but it is also the only team in IPL history to reach the playoffs each time. Chennai won the IPL Trophy under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2010, 2011 and 2018.
The biggest secret to Chennai's success is team combination. The same team combination will also work in the 2020 IPL. Let's see what can be the strongest playing XI for CSK:
Opener (Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu)
Shane Watson is the team's first choice as an opener. Ambati Rayudu is the best partner for Watson.
Middle order (Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni)
Kedar Jadhav is always suitable for number four. Suresh Raina is fit for number three and Mahendra Singh Dhoni for number five. Both have scored more than 4000 runs in IPL.
All rounder (Sam Curren, Ravindra Jadeja)
There are two best all rounders for Chennai Super Kings - Sam Curran and Ravindra Jadeja.
Bowling (Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi)
Deepak Chahar is a swing bowler. He has always proved his utility in the IPL, domestic tournaments and the Indian cricket team. Lungi Ngidi is the second seamer. He is the bowler who hits the ball on the stumps. His pairing with Chahar is superb. Piyush Chawla is a surprise spinner. He has taken 150 wickets in the IPL.
After the IPL 2020 auction, this is how the entire team of Chennai Super Kings:
Money left in purse: Rs 15 crore
Total Slot: 1
Overseas Slot: 0
Top order batsmen: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessy, Suresh Raina, N Jagadishan, Murali Vijay, Rituraj Gaikwad.
Finisher: Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
All-rounders: Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Mitchell Santner, Monu Singh, Sam Kurain.
Spinners: Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla, R Sai Kishore.
Fast bowlers: Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif, Josh Hazlewood.