The defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have managed to secure only two wins in eight league matches of the Indian Premier League 2022. Although they did show some signs of improvement in the games against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) the narrow losses against Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Gujarat Titans (GT) have hurt their chances of securing a place in the playoffs.
The team’s batters have been average, but have produced good performances on most of the occasions and have helped to post a respectable total on the board. But the team is missing the potent bowling attack, which they had in the last few editions. Key pacer Deepak Chahar was the second most expensive pick in the IPL 2022 mega auction but he has been ruled out of the entire tournament due to injury concerns.
The all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo have not looked in the best of their forms in terms of being economical and picking up regular wickets. The Englishman Chris Jordan has been expensive with his bowling in all four appearances this season. He has picked up only two wickets at an economy of 10.52. His figures of 0/58 against the Titans ousted him from the Playing XI. With Jordan being an average bowler and a handy batter in the lower order, there were some similar options for CSK in the auction for which they did show some interest but could not avail their services.
3 Players CSK could’ve picked instead of Chris Jordan
1. Jason Holder
The Caribbean all-rounder Jason Holder has been a quality player across all the formats of the game. He has served as the captain of the West Indies Test team as well. In the T20I series against England earlier this year, he returned as the highest-wicket taker with 15 scalps in five games at an economy of 7.78 and contributed 37 runs with the bat. These performances and his impressive track record earned him a contract of INR 8.75 crores from Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).
However, the teams like MI, RR, and CSK also raised their paddle to pick the all-rounder in their team. Looking at the performances of these teams in the tournament, certainly the two lowest ranked teams on the table, MI and CSK, are in a dire need of an experienced all-rounder.
In context of CSK, they surely have the likes of Bravo and Dwaine Pretorius in the XI, but both the players do not offer much flexibility with the bat. On the other hand, Holder has the capability to score runs against the new ball as well. So far in his six appearances for LSG this season, Holder has nine wickets and 32 runs to his name.
2. Josh Hazlewood
One of the finest bowlers in the Test format for Australia, Josh Hazlewood is gradually doing well in the T20 format as well. In IPL 2021, Hazlewood featured for CSK and picked up 11 wickets in nine appearances at an economy of 8.37. He served as a strong support to Chahar and the team to keep the opposition under pressure.
In the final of the last edition, he returned with figures of 2/29 off his four overs, he took the wickets of dangerous T20 batter Eoin Morgan and Sunil Narine. His spell was one of the reasons behind CSK securing their fourth IPL title. After the tournament, Hazlewood scalped 11 wickets in seven matches of ICC T20 World Cup and played a key role in Australia’s maiden T20 World Cup win.
The teams like DC, MI, RCB, LSG, and CSK expressed interest in bidding for the Australian pacer. However, RCB won the contest against MI for a price of INR 7.75 crores. In IPL 2022, Hazlewood has been terrific with 10 wickets in five appearances at an economy of 7.16, he has picked up wickets in the powerplay as well as death overs.
3. Kartik Tyagi
The youngster shot into limelight by picking up 11 wickets in six appearances of ICC U19 World Cup 2020, he was one of the key reasons for the Indian team reaching the finals. His performance in the U19 World Cup earned him a contract from the Rajasthan Royals franchise for IPL 2020. He featured in 10 matches and took nine wickets at an economy of 9.61.
In the 2021 season, he featured in only four matches and overall took four wickets. However, in an IPL 2021 match against the Punjab Kings, he displayed his ability to absorb the pressure by defending just four runs off the last over against the likes of Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, and Deepak Hooda as he nailed the yorkers in a perfect manner to hand Royals a stunning victory.
In the IPL 2022 mega auction, he got bids from teams like SRH, DC, MI, and CSK. Eventually, SRH were successful in picking him up for a price of INR 3.40 crores. However, the injury concerns have kept him away from featuring in the ongoing season.