Former Indian batsman Robin Uthappa has made a big prediction for his former team Chennai Super Kings ahead of the 2023 Indian Premier League mini-action. The IPL 2023 mini-auction will take place on December 23, Friday in Kochi. All eyes are on the franchises as they have begun plans to strengthen the squad for the new season.
Chennai Super Kings is participating in the mini auction with a purse value of INR 20.45 crore and they have already appointed Dwayne Bravo as the bowling coach after the retentions. The four-time IPL champions endured a disastrous season last season and now, in the upcoming edition of the IPL in 2023, all eyes will be on the names CSK are looking for in the auction.
Robin Uthappa made a big prediction for CSK
Robin Uthappa, who played for the Chennai Super Kings in the previous edition of the Indian Premier League, turned out to be his last season. His retirement has now opened a slot for an Indian batsman. Uthappa noted the areas they want to fill. He said CSK needs an all-rounder to replace Bravo. He further said that Sam Curran is an ideal choice to replace Dwayne Bravo as he goes for Karnataka boy Manish Pandey as the Indian middle option.
Speaking at JioCinema’s IPL Player Auction Expert Panel, Uthappa said, “CSK hey need an all-rounder to replace Dwayne Bravo and they need a solid Indian mid-range batsman to back up the players they already have. In that I think they will look for people like Sam Curran, because he has played for CSK in the past, he has done well for them and contributed to their success, so they will definitely try to go for him.
He added: “The second would be an Indian middle order batsman and the ones available in this auction look to be like Manish Pandey, he has done exceptionally well in the IPL and is also someone who is experienced and would really enjoy playing in CSK culture. These are the two players they’re going for, but just in case they don’t get them I’m sure there are other options they already have.
CSK’s list of retained players:
MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Tushar Deshpande, Shivam Dubey Mahesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Simarjeet Singh, Devon Conway, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Matheesha Pathirana, Subhranshu Senapati, Mukesh Choudhary, Prashant Solanki, C Hari Nishaanth, N Jagadeesan, Chris Jordan, K Bhagath Varma