After the six-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings will be forced to make a few changes to get the overall balance of their squad right. While the batting was the main issue for the defending champions, bowling also lacked a bit of spark. CSK will next face Lucknow Super Giants at the Brabourne Stadium on 31st March. In this article, we take a look at the list of two changes CSK might make for the game against Lucknow Super Giants.
1) Moeen Ali for Mitchell Santner
Moeen Ali missed the first game of IPL 2022. He was stuck due to Visa issues in England and hence, could not arrive on time. However, the issues have now been cleared and Moeen Ali will be available for the next game against LSG.
In the encounter against KKR, Moeen’s absence was felt for CSK. During the middle-overs, CSK failed to add runs and this had an impact on the overall total. Therefore, Moeen Ali is certain to return back to the XI. He will also give a few overs of off-spin. Mitchell Santner had a decent game against KKR but he will have to make way for Moeen. Ravindra Jadeja anyways provides left-arm spin overs and hence, Santner will not be missed.
2) Prashant Solanki for Shivam Dube
Leg-spinner Prashant Solanki coming in for Shivam Dube is one of the changes CSK might make for the game against Lucknow Super Giants. Shivam Dube could not make an impact both with the bat and the ball in the first encounter. While he made just three runs as a batter, he bowled only one over, giving away 11 runs.
Although Rajvardhan Hangargekar could also get a chance, since Tushar Deshpande is already in the XI, having two inexperienced pacers could be risky. A player like Prashant Solanki might add variety to the bowling attack. The Mumbai youngster has done well recently and will add a different dimension to the spin unit. Yes, he might reduce the batting depth but if Prashant can pick up a few wickets in the middle-overs, the team will be happy with it.