Chennai Super Kings are arguably one of the most dominant franchises in the IPL. The team marshaled by MS Dhoni has won the IPL on 3 occasions. Chennai Super Kings also looked in fine form in the IPL this year. Out of 7 matches in IPL 2021, CSK won 5 in total. CSK’s Indian players, in particular, looked in sublime form in the IPL this season. That said, here is CSK’s playing XI if only Indian players participating in the IPL:
Ruturaj Gaikwad looked in fine form in IPL 2021. In 7 matches for CSK in IPL 2021, Gaikwad racked up 196 runs in total. Gaikwad is a definite starter for the CSK side.
Jagadeesan was the highest run-getter in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy this year. However, since Faf du Plessis started for CSK this season, Jagadeesan did not play a single match for CSK this year. The 25-year-old will open for CSK alongside Ruturaj Gaikwad.
The CSK starting lineup would be incomplete without Suresh Raina. Raina is arguably CSK’s most successful player since the inception of the IPL. In his IPL career, Raina has racked up a remarkable 5491 runs in total. The 34-year-old will bat at No 3 for CSK.
Robin Uthappa failed to get any game time in the IPL this year. However, Uthappa is a fine hitter of the ball in the T20 format. In his IPL career, Uthappa has racked up a total of 4607 runs. He will come in to bat at No 4 for CSK.
Rayudu has been a key part of the CSK side for quite some time. In his IPL career, Rayadu has racked up a total of 3795 runs. The 35-year-old will bat at No 5 for CSK.
Dhoni has been CSK’s most important player since the inception of the IPL. His captaincy and ability to smash balls out of the park are unparalleled. The 39-year-old will be the captain and wicketkeeper of the all-Indian CSK side.
Ravindra Jadeja has been one of CSK’s star performers for quite some time in the IPL. The 32-year-old is a brilliant bowler and can also come in handy with the bat. Furthermore, Jadeja is also one of the best fielders in the world. Jadeja will bat at No 7 for CSK.
Gowtham was roped in by CSK in the IPL 2021 auction at a whopping price of 9.25 crores. However, Gowtham did not get to play a single game for CSK in IPL 2021. The bowler is quite effective on spin tracks and can also come in handy with the bat.
Deepak Chahar will spearhead the pace bowling department of the all-Indian CSK side. In 7 matches in IPL 2021, Chahar scalped 8 wickets for CSK.
Shardul Thakur could prove to be a game-changer for the all-Indian CSK side. The 29-year-old bowled brilliantly for India against England recently this year.
The final player to start for the all-Indian CSK side is KM Asif. Asif performed brilliantly in the domestic circuit this year. The young bowler has also played 2 matches in the IPL so far. Asif will be the 3rd pace bowler of this CSK side.