IPL 2018: Bowlers that CSK could buy in the IPL Transfer window

Utkarsh Bhatla
|Published 28/04/2018

The IPL Transfer window is set to begin on from tomorrow until match number 42, wherein teams can trade uncapped players and capped players who have played less than 3 games for the franchise this season.

A lot of franchises have been hit with injury woes and have a lot of stars warming their benches as they can’t seem to get into the XI due to ‘combination issues’.

However, these players could slot right into the XI of another franchise and help them sort out their ‘combination issues’.

CSK have been dealt with an injury blow to Deepak Chahar and hence would be on the lookout for a fast bowler in this transfer window.

Here are 5 bowlers that CSK could buy in the transfer window

1) Pradeep Sangwan

Pradeep Sangwan is an IPL veteran in his own right. He was an instrumental part of India’s U-19 World Cup winning team in 2008 under the leadership of current India captain Virat Kohli.

He started off his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils, as Sehwag and the Delhi management wanted a fast bowler(they had the choice of picking Virat Kohli).

Since then Sangwan has taken 35 wickets in 39 games and is with the Mumbai Indians this year.

A left-arm swing bowler, Sangwan could be the ideal replacement for Deepak Chahar.

2) Tim Southee

Tim Southee has been unfairly benched by the RCB team management and it seems like he just isn’t part of their plans.

Southee is an experienced T20 bowler, who can swing the ball upfront and also bowl at the death. He has picked up 22 wickets in 29 IPL games and 62 wickets in 50 T20I games for New Zealand.

Also, the fact that Southee has already played for CSK in the past could make him an instant fit with their unit.

Getting him in could be a master stroke on part of the CSK think tank.

3) Gurkeerat Singh Maan

Gurkeerat Singh Maan had emerged as one of India’s brightest prospects a couple of years ago, but has fizzled out ever since.

He has also played for the Indian team, having made his debut in Australia. However. he couldn’t impress much in Australia and since then has fell down the pecking order.

Mann has played for the Kings XI in the IPL and had a good enough season for them under the captaincy of George Bailey.

Mann is a middle order batsman who can also bowl some off spin if needed. He could be the replacement, CSK are looking for for the underperforming Ravindra Jadeja.

Mann could bat at number 6 and also deliver a couple of overs of spin if needed.

4) Stuart Binny

Stuart Binny has done a thankless job for all his IPL franchises until now. His all-round abilities and especially his ability to get the ball to swing early could come in extremely handy for CSK.

Now, if CSK are looking to replace Chahar and get in a swing bowler, Binny could be the perfect replacement, as he can bat a bit too.

Binny has played under the captaincy of MS Dhoni and Dhoni would know how to utilise him best.

5) Adam Milne

The New Zealander was brought in as a replacement for Pat Cummins  by MI franchise but hasn’t yet received any sort of game time.

Mumbai did opt for a combination change last night, but still didn’t draft Milne in. Thus, it seems like Milne isn’t really in Mumbai’s plans and hence could be traded by the franchise if some other franchise is interested.

CSK could try and rope in and make him the spearhead of the attack in the absence of Deepak Chahar, as Milne can bowl fast upfront and also at the death.

Dhoni will then have to relook his team combination, as getting in Milne would mean, dropping one of the other 4 overseas players. Maybe Imran Tahir could make way for Karn Sharma.

Junior Dala is another possibility that could be explored, as he has been just roped in as Chris Morris’ replacement by Delhi Daredevils.

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