Former India opener turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra stated that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will buy Faf du Plessis again at the IPL 2022 Auction. Notably, du Plessis was one of the key players for CSK in their title-win in IPL 2021. The veteran was the second-highest run-getter in last year’s tournament as well. His 633 runs were only a couple of runs short of his fellow CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad’s total score.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra said: “I feel Faf du Plessis will go back to Chennai Super Kings. Chennai is not bothered about the player’s age. He formed a very good combination with Ruturaj Gaikwad, they will stick to that. Knowing that he is going to go there, he is not young, will not be there with them for a long time, is now away from international cricket, it feels you are getting a bonus every year, things will go pear-shaped soon – you don’t want to invest much.”
Faf du Plessis is the leading run-scorer in IPL history for CSK amongst the overseas players. He has smashed 2721 runs at an impressive average of 35.33 in the 92 matches he has played so far as well. And, Aakash Chopra feels Aaron Finch will not earn a lot at the IPL 2022 Auction.
He said: “Aaron Finch might get a team but I don’t think Aaron Finch will be sold expensive, two-and-a-half to three crores, that’s the kind of money I am thinking for him. It is different if some team buys him as a captain.”
However, he also felt that the franchise might consider the 2021 T20 World Cup-winning captain as a captaincy option. He also named Quinton de Kock, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy as the top four overseas opener picks as well.
Aakash Chopra elaborated: “I don’t think RCB will buy him and Punjab should also not buy him. So KKR is the only one left. KKR might buy him, they might make him open also and even make him their captain. That is a possibility but I don’t see him going too expensive.”