Who should replace Mitchell Santner in IPL 2018?

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New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner has been ruled out for nine months due to a knee injury.

Santner will miss Test series against England which is scheduled later this month and would not be playing this IPL.

He needs to undergo a surgery which will keep him out of action for six to nine months, the team confirmed on Wednesday.

The 26-year old felt discomfort during the limited overs matches against England and a scan revealed a bone defect. Further scans showed that the injury has worsened a Santner would need a surgery.

If you look at CSK squad, they have

Opening: Vijay, Watson, Billings

Middle-order: Raina, Rayudu, Dhoni, Jadhav, Duplessis

Lower-order: Jadeja, Bravo, Harbhajan, Karn Sharma

Spin: Harbhajan, Karn Sharma, Tahir

Pace: wood, Thakur, Nigdi

Pace allrounder: Watson, Bravo

Spin allrounder: Jadeja

Part timer: Jadhav, Raina

Keeper: Dhoni, Billings

Death overs: bravo, Watson

If you observe the whole, we can say almost every element is covered for them. If there is an element which is lagging or missing, it’s their pace bowling. I feel they should pick a pace bowler.

The notable unsold pacers are :

  1. Matt Henry
  2. Suranga lakmal
  3. Cooper
  4. Mithun
  5. Hilfenhaus
  6. Aron
  7. Jhye Richardson
  8. Kesrick Williams
  9. Awana
  10. Wiley
  11. Plunkett
  12. Hastings
  13. Morkel
  14. Mills

Morkel though a good bowler, he is out of limited overs game for a long time and he is nursing injuries and he is 34.

Awana, Mithun, Aaron though being good additions but they are more of supporting bowlers mostly.

Jhye Richardson, Kenrick though Regular t20 specialists they lack experience on Indian conditions

Hilfenhaus, lakmal are of specialist pacers and aware of subcontinent conditions. With the current scenario of Lankans in Chennai, it is not advisable to have him in CSK. The former was a good one but he will turn 35 by this March. So he might not be a long-term prospect for the team.

Wiley, Cooper, Hastings were more of a bowling all-rounder of type Bravo. He bowls around 130– 140. With the presence of Watson, bravo in the team and the lack of support for swing bowlers in the Chinnaswamy pitch, they won’t add much benefit to the team.

Matt Henry was a quality bowler and was picked by CSK in past too, but he didn’t get enough games as a bowler to prove his worth. Also, he has not played limited-overs international game a lot of time back

Liam Plunkett, the English bowler is known for bowling at high pace and extracting extra bounce with his height. He is a decent batsman too. He plays for English limited overs team too. So he would be a great addition to CSK.

Among them, mills is an injury prone bowler, but he is a very effective one with his deceptive slow balls and fiery pace.

I feel Liam Plunkett should be picked as the first option who is more of a hit the deck hard kind of bowler which the CSK didn’t have now. His extra pace can be an X-factor for the team.

If not then they should go with mills who with his left arm angle might trouble the batsman along with slow balls and pacy deliveries .

 

One thought on “Who should replace Mitchell Santner in IPL 2018?”

  1. csk has another 4 more players for replacement and it is confirmed
    1. Alex Carey– csk decided for purchase***
    2. Shaun Marsh– csk decided for purchase***
    3. Lendil Simmons –csk decided for purchase***
    4. Martin Guptil – csk decided for purchase***
    5. Hashim Amla– – csk decided for purchase***

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