Strongest Probable XI for CSK in UAE

August 29, 2020

As the IPL 2020 has been shifted to UAE, and if we go by the history, Chennai Super Kings is one team who is most likely to benefit with this move. The pitches in UAE are usually on the slower side, which is very much similar to what Chennai has been used to in their home ground. 

Chennai Super Kings invested heavily on Spinners and Medium pacers in the IPL Auction 2020. The additions of players like Piyush Chawla and Sam Curran can prove immensely valuable looking at the condition they will face in the UAE.

Probable XI

Top Order

Suresh Raina is out of IPL 2020 due to personal reasons. Chennai Super Kings will be without one of their key players for an entire season.

In absence of Suresh Raina, door of opportunity has opened for the Likes of Murali Vijay and Young sensation Rituraj Gaikwad. Shane Watson will open with anyone of them and that will push Ambati Rayudu to Number 3 Spot.

Faf Du Plessis is another Promising option for Opener in UAE, But it will be Tough for the team management to play him all the matches given they can only play 4 Overseas players in their final Playing XI.

Rayudu and Watson have Huge responsibility in the Top order

Middle Order

Middle order will comprise of Kedar Jadhav and the man who has been in talks for last one and a half year MS Dhoni. Fans of MS Dhoni will be eager to watch him play after he recently announced his Retirement from International cricket.

MS Dhoni will be back in action after one and half Years

All Rounders

This Area is the Strength of Chennai Super Kings for Years. With Sam Curran added in the Squad this year, he is likely to play that Number 6 role in the CSK setup for scoring quick runs and His cutters will be really helpful for the team in slower pitches in UAE.

Dwayne Bravo who recently completed his 500 T20 Wickets will get chance to add more in his tally as he will take his death overs Duty once again. Ravindra Jadeja has became a completely different player since his comeback in Asia Cup (which was in UAE too). His accuracy in spin will help CSK to chock the runs in the middle overs and his batting lower down the order will be valuable too in tight matches.

These three quality All Rounders will provide great balance to their Side.

CSK’s Strength


Deepak Chahar is a confirmed to start proceedings for them on the back of two successful seasons. With Harbhajan Singh not going to be there for initial games, CSK will tempted to play Piyush Chawla looking at his vast experience in the format.

CSK will have an Option to play either of Im”Ran” Tahir, Lungi Ngidi and Josh Hazlewood depending on the Type of Wicket and Conditions. But looking at the History of UAE Pitches, Imran Tahir could prove to be a Lethal Option for MS Dhoni.


  1. Shane Watson
  2. Murali Vijay
  3. Ambati Rayudu
  4. Kedar Jadhav
  5. MS Dhoni [C][WK]
  6. Sam Curran
  7. Dwayne Bravo
  8. Ravindra Jadeja
  9. Piyush Chawla
  10. Deepak Chahar
  11. Imran Tahir / Lungi Ngidi

CSK’s Team is looking Promising on Paper. If there top Order manages to get in form early and All the players remain fit throughout the Tournament then they will be a Team to beat for sure.