It seems that IPL this time would be quiet different for the team CSK. Three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings underwent a second shock before IPL 2020 when Harbhajan Singh pulled out of the tournament citing personal reasons, the second high-profile cricketer from the franchise to withdraw from IPL, after Suresh Raina. However, Ajit Agarkar, the former India fast bowler feels that even though Harbhajan’s absence is a big void, it’s not like CSK are in a position where they’ll badly miss the assistance of the veteran India off-spinner.
“Well, we have seen when they went to the auction, they already had enough spin. You’ve seen in Chennai when they play, they rely so much on spin because of the conditions,” Agarkar was quoted saying to a leading sports channel. “Harbhajan Singh, obviously, that kind of experience, the quality that you lose, it is going to be a loss, but I think CSK have a lot more cover in that department at least as far as spin is concerned.”
CSK will head into the 2020 edition of the IPL with a strong spin bowling unit. With the equivalents of Mitchell Santner, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir and Karn Sharma in their ranks, CSK can be a real menace considering the dry surfaces of the UAE. The facades of the Chepauk and Abu Dhabi/Dubai are supposed to be comparable in many ways and that Agarkar thinks it can make CSK and its spinner a force to reckon with.