Aakash Chopra opines on CSK’s spin attack heading into IPL 2024
By SMCS - Mar 5, 2024 12:00 pm
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Aakash Chopra said that the Chennai Super Kings primarily depend on overseas recruits in their spin-bowling department heading into IPL 2024. With 20 wickets in 16 games, Ravindra Jadeja was CSK’s leading wicket-taker among spinners in IPL 2023. Maheesh Theekshana (11), Moeen Ali (9) and Mitchell Santner (3) were their other successful spinners as well.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Team

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Chennai have an entire overseas spin department barring Ravindra Jadeja. If we see Ravindra Jadeja in T20 cricket, especially in the IPL, Mahi (MS Dhoni) gets the best out of him. He is absolutely brilliant in Chennai when the ball turns, as it did in the World Cup.”

“They have Maheesh Theekshana, who they play and bowl for sure. They have Moeen Ali, who they play and get to bowl. They have Mitchell Santner as well, who they play and get to bowl. If they wish to play Rachin Ravindra in place of Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra becomes another left-arm spin option,” Chopra again stated.

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Punjab Kings (PBKS)

However, talking about the Punjab Kings, Aakash Chopra noted that Rahul Chahar is the only prominent spinner in their lineup as well. He also added that IPL 2014 finalists are slightly weak in the spin-bowling department.

“If I go towards Punjab, they actually look slightly cold. Rahul Chahar is there for sure. You get a little leg-spin from Liam Livingstone, off-spin from Sikandar Raza, and left-arm spin from Harpreet Brar.  It’s not the greatest. When I look towards Punjab, I don’t see that much dominance of spinners. They look slightly lighter on the spinning side. I have a lot of respect for them but I don’t like their spin too much,” Aakash Chopra concluded.