Chennai Super Kings (CSK) endured a very difficult season during the Indian Premier League 2022. They finished 9th in the points table with only four wins during the season. It was the worst-ever season for the four-time champions and they will be eager to make some changes ahead of next season.
The Yellow Army went on a release spree ahead of the mini-auctions for the IPL 2023. While they managed to retain their core, including MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Moeen Ali. They have released the likes of Adam Milne, Chris Jordan, and Narayan Jagadeesan. Surprisingly, the Super Kings from Chennai also released their old warhorse Dwayne Bravo. Meanwhile, Robin Uthappa retired from all forms of cricket after the IPL 2022.
Ahead of the auction, Chennai Super Kings have a purse of INR 20.45 crore left ahead of the auction. They have a total of seven slots to fill, including two overseas slots. In this post, we will take a look at the top three players Chennai Super Kings could target in the mini-auctions ahead of the IPL 2023.
3. Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey had a terrible last season with Lucknow Super Giants as he could only score 88 runs in 6 matches at an underwhelming strike rate of 110. Subsequently, he was released by LSG ahead of the auction for IPL 2023.
The right-handed batter has been in good form during the ongoing domestic season. Manish Pandey scored 247 runs during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022 at an average of 61.75.
CSK needs a solid Indian middle-order batter as the replacement for Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey could be the perfect candidate. Furthermore, he is likely to be available for a reasonable price.