Gautam Gambhir believes Chennai Super Kings must ‘revamp’ their squad after a miserable Indian Premier League campaign but expects the franchise to stick with captain MS Dhoni.
Having won three IPL titles and reached the final in 2019, much was expected of Chennai ahead of this year’s tournament, which is being held in Dubai due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But CSK won just four of their first 12 group matches to slide to the bottom of the table, with Dhoni failing to score a fifty in 11 innings.
A play-off spot is already beyond Chennai Super Kings and former India batsman Gambhir says they need to ‘revamp’ their ageing squad ahead of IPL 2021.
However, despite Chennai’s struggles, Gambhir still expects Dhoni to captain the side next year and says the ex-India captain deserves respect for turning CSK into one of the most successful franchises in world cricket.
‘You’re putting me in a fix. Now that’s a tough question. It up to the franchise,’ Gambhir told ESPNcricinfo when asked whether Dhoni should retain the Chennai Super Kings captaincy.
‘What he has done for the franchise and how the franchise actually deals with MS and treats MS is a fabulous relationship. And that is how every franchise should deal with their captain, who has delivered for them.
‘It’s very difficult because age is not on Chennai’s side. They need to revamp the entire squad,’ he said.
‘Some of their players are talented but it’s difficult to continue with most of them because of age. We might only see a couple of players from this year and a completely new CSK.
‘Historically, CSK have not been very active at the auction but they will probably be the most active franchise at the next auction.
‘I’m sure we’ll see a good, young side with a bit of experience. I don’t see many of the current players continuing. There’s a lot that needs to be changed.
‘The one silver lining has been Sam Curran, he’s definitely someone they should definitely keep.
‘He will only get better and can become one of the top all-rounders in all formats. You would want Curran and [Ravindra] Jadeja to stay, for sure.’
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