On March 26, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will play Kolkata Knight Riders in the first game of IPL 2022. CSK is the tournament’s defending champion. Last season, they won their fourth IPL title after defeating KKR in the final.
CSK is the Indian Premier League’s second-most successful team. They have won championships in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021. Since the IPL’s first season, MS Dhoni has led the team. CSK has made the playoffs 11 times in 12 editions. As a result, they are the tournament’s most consistent team.
1. Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad was CSK’s leading run-scorer at the end of the IPL 2021 season. Because of his consistent run-scoring ability, the franchise decided to keep him ahead of the mega-auction. He is one of the most important batsmen in the lineup. With Faf du Plessis no longer with CSK, he’ll have to find a new opening partner. With new expectations on Gaikwad, it will be interesting to see how he performs for CSK. He has a strong chance of winning the Man of the Tournament Award.
2. Robin Uthappa
CSK believed in Robin Uthappa and repurchased him at the mega auction. Uthappa showed his mettle with the bat in the limited opportunities he had last season. He might open the batting with Ruturaj Gaikwad as Faf du Plessis isn’t available. The team should provide him with enough chances to score and contribute significantly. He won the Orange Cap with KKR in the IPL 2014 and is a strong contender for Player Of The Tournament.
3. Dwayne Bravo
Bravo has already set the record for most wickets taken in an IPL season twice (2013, 2015). With his consistent performances, he has proven his worth to the franchise in gold. He will continue to be a player who the franchise has high expectations for. Bravo was one of the Chennai Super Kings’ repurchased players.
4. Ravindra Jadeja
At the moment, Ravindra Jadeja is in the best form of his life. He recently proved his batting abilities by scoring an unbeaten 175 in the first Test against Sri Lanka. He’ll come into the IPL with a strong track record, which can only help the franchise. In 132 games for CSK, he has scored 1324 runs and taken 100 wickets.
5. Devon Conway
Devon Conway has finally been given the opportunity to play in the Indian Premier League. He was purchased for one crore by the four-time IPL champions. He is one of the most well-known T20 cricketers in the world. He has a reputation as a big-hitter and has competed in multiple T20 leagues. He’ll have plenty of chances to make his presence felt for the franchise at the top of the order. As a result, he could be a contender for Player of the Tournament.