Many ex-cricketers are not happy with the decision of CSK management where they retained most of their players who played in the last season had a couple of spots left which was filled in the recently concluded IPL auction held in Chennai on 18th Feb 2021.
The MS Dhoni-led side somehow managed to avoid a last-place finish and eventually ended their campaign at the seventh spot.
The players that they have bought in the recently concluded IPL 2021 auction were K Gowatham(9.25 crores) followed by Moeen Ali(at a price of 7 crores) and Indian Test stalwart Cheteshwar Pujara(Rs 50 Lakh). In addition to the aforementioned names, CSK bought three other uncapped players as backups.
Former Indian cricketer and ex KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir praises CSK buys for IPL 2021 auction as he believes that he is happy with the balance CSK has now after the auction which they were missing in the last season.
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“Where is the revamp? Probably other teams needed to have more revamp than the CSK. It was the worst season they had, as everyone was talking about because they couldn’t qualify for the playoffs. But they go into the auction and buy 3 players, and sit happily, in what I think is the best auction they have had till now, as compared to the other side. This is how you build aside, this is how you build a legacy over a long period of time,” Gautam Gambhir told Star Sports.
He also added that not going for Maxwell when the price went up was a smart move by CSK. Gambhir further stressed that Moeen and Gowatham can help the yellow army to win the upcoming cash-rich league.
“They initially went really hard for Glenn Maxwell, but later in that same price, they have got K Gowtham and Moeen Ali. So when you can get two players at the price of one. I know people may say that they have only bought 3 players till now, but for me, this is the best auction that CSK had. Yes, there are some massive buys from RCB and Punjab Kings, but what CSK wanted, they got it, and that’s what auctions are all about. It is not about paying huge money, but about picking who you think can add value to your squad. Both Moeen and Gowtham can deliver and actually win them the tournament as well. Both are great options for CSK,” added Gautam Gambhir.