CSK’s IPL 2024 Strategy: Players Retained and Released

As defending champions in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) boast a robust and settled squad. With the IPL 2024 mini-auction looming, the franchise is gearing up to make critical decisions for the future. While the anticipation regarding the fate of CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni grips fans, behind the scenes, the think tank is diligently finalizing the list of retained and released players before the impending deadline on Sunday (Nov 26).

Known for their stability in team composition, CSK is expected to retain most of its players while parting ways with those who may face time constraints due to commitments or injury concerns.

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Although confirmations have only surfaced regarding two players – the now-retired Ambati Rayudu and England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes – CSK’s management remains tight-lipped about their strategies for the IPL 2024 mini-auction.

Rayudu, a stalwart in the IPL, bid adieu to the sport after winning the final last year. On the other hand, Stokes, dealing with persistent knee issues since early 2022, decided to step away from the upcoming season to address his workload and fitness, opting for a necessary knee surgery. While the franchise expressed support for his decision to take time off, there were considerations about releasing him before the auction.

Here’s the probable list of players expected to be released by CSK before the IPL 2024 mini-auction:

Ambati Rayudu (retired)

Ben Stokes
Dwaine Pretorius
Sisanda Magala

Meanwhile, the likely list of players set to be retained by CSK ahead of the IPL 2024 includes:MS Dhoni (wk)(c)
Ruturaj Gaikwad
Devon Conway
Subhranshu Senapati
Deepak Chahar
Tushar Deshpande
Maheesh Theekshana
Simranjeet Singh
Matheesha Pathirana
Akash Singh
Prashant Solanki
Mitchell Santner
Rajvardhan Hangargekar
Ravindra Jadeja
Moeen Ali
Shivam Dube
Ajinkya Rahane
Nishant Sindhu
Shaik Rasheed
Ajay Mandal
Bhagath Verma

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Unlike some other franchises, CSK has refrained from engaging in any player trades leading up to the IPL 2024 mini-auction, which is slated to take place in Dubai on Tuesday (Dec 19).

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