Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been the face of Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League ever since the inception of the league in 2008. After the franchise was banned for a two-year period due to match-fixing, Dhoni was the first person to be retained in the 2018 Player auction. His return was quite emotional as Dhoni himself considered CSK as his second home.
However, despite such close attachment to the franchise, what’s also true is that the former Indian skipper in nearing the twilight in his career. Dhoni last featured for the ‘Men in Blue’ in India’s Semi-Final loss against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup. Since then, Dhoni has been unavailable as some unanswered questions continue to loom around his future with the Indian team.
Assuming that he will feature for CSK in IPL 2020 due to the three-year contract in 2018, he might not continue playing for the franchise in the years ahead. As a result, the franchise might be in need of a leader who can lead the franchise in the upcoming seasons. Chennai might consider picking a few players in this year’s auction who can lead the franchise in the future.
Here’s a look at 3 players the ‘Yellow Army’ can pick to lead them in the future:
1. Aaron Finch
The Australian skipper, Aaron Finch has been quite successful in ODIs and T20Is. With as many as seven wins in the shortest format in 2019, the Kangaroos have a great captain who leads from the front.
After his ouster from the Test squad, Finch has drawn all his focus into the shorter formats, which has helped him to bring amendments to his T20 game. His current T20I form is second to none. He has a knack of taking the attack to the opposition, which very well complements with his ability to play long innings even in T20Is.
CSK might fancy bidding for Finch, who not only brings the experience of captaining the side, but can also be the perfect answer to CSK’s opening woes in the IPL. Finch has plied his trade for various other franchises at the IPL and has the experience of opening the innings in India
2. Jason Holder
The West Indies’ skipper in Tests, Jason Holder is one of the best all-rounders in the world cricket at the moment. The 28-year old has inspired his team to some remarkable victories in recent times. His astute captaincy skills have been a standout for the Caribbean side.
A leader par excellence, Holder is an asset with both the bat and the ball. Though he hasn’t been a regular feature in the West Indies’ T20 setup, he has been a prolific performer in the various T20 leagues around the globe.
In the recently concluded CPL, Holder led his Barbados Tridents to their second title in seven seasons. His role as a leader has been well appreciated across the cricket fraternity, especially due to his ability to get the best out of his players.
Even CSK might be interested to bid for the experienced campaigner in the upcoming auction. His record as a leader in T20s might help his cause to induce a bid from the Chennai-based franchise in the IPL.
3. Eoin Morgan
The England World Cup-winning skipper, Eoin Morgan is a force to reckon with in the shorter versions of the game. After leading England to its second World Title, Morgan is eyeing yet another major tournament with T20I World Cup in Australia next year.
A skipper who’s known to possess a great understanding of the game, Morgan has been quite successful in bringing a change in the fortunes of England cricket since their awful exit in World Cup 2015. The change has even helped him reach greater heights, not merely as the captain but also as a prolific run-scorer for England.
A great striker of the ball, Morgan has built on his reputation to even emerge as one of the most dangerous T20 players in the middle-order. In the upcoming IPL auction in December, the English skipper might be in great demand for his recent exploits in the white-ball format.
His acumen and the calmness that he brings to a team in one of his hallmark that has allowed him to be so very successful for England. He might be the perfect option for Chennai to lead the franchise in the future years.
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