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Sunil Gavaskar opines on whether CSK will look to buy Rachin Ravindra at IPL 2024 auction
By SMCS - Dec 19, 2023 7:30 am
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Former India player Sunil Gavaskar added that the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) might bid for Rachin Ravindra but they won’t be desperate to buy him at the IPL 2024 auction. However, CSK have a remaining purse of ₹31.40 crore and they can buy a maximum of six players, including three overseas. They might go for an overseas all-rounder as they have released Ben Stokes ahead of the auction as well.

Rachin Ravindra
Rachin Ravindra scored another brilliant century

During a discussion on Star Sports, Gavaskar said: “I don’t think they will go for him because they have options. As you said, they have Moeen Ali who can play at No. 3. They also have Mitchell Santner as a bowler. They will come in the bidding but they won’t be desperate for Rachin Ravindra.”

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However, Ravindra was the fourth-highest run-getter in the 2023 ODI World Cup, smashing 578 runs in 10 innings at an average of 64.22 and a strike rate of 106.44. He also claimed five wickets at an acceptable economy rate of 5.98 and he could prove handy on the usually spin-friendly Chepauk surface as well.

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CSK

However, Irfan Pathan also opined on the other players the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) might look to acquire.

He said: “What all things do Chennai Super Kings need to keep in mind? Firstly, they have had a lot of problems with injured fast bowlers. Mukesh (Choudhary) had that problem and that is why he missed the IPL. Deepak (Chahar) has had that problem. He gets injured regularly. So you would need a backup for him. (Matheesha) Pathirana has also had that problem. So you would want a backup for him as well. If they can get a good Indian fast bowler, they can play an additional overseas batter. I am thinking that supposedly if they get Harshal Patel, they can leave out Pathirana, make Harshal Patel a part of the playing XI, and play a batter like Daryl Mitchell in the middle order.”