Former South African captain and an important member of the current CSK squad, Faf du Plessis captained St Lucia Kings in CPL 2021. He is currently sitting out and might not be fit for the prestigious IPL second phase starting from 19th September.
In the first phase of IPL 2021 played, Faf du Plessis played an important role with 320 runs from 7 matches (7 innings) with the best score of 95* against Kolkata Knight Riders. During his brilliant performances, du Plessis hit 4 half-centuries and helped CSK to go into 2nd place.
If Faf du Plessis does not get fit, CSK has good options to select from along with Ruturaj Gaikwad. It is going to be a massive blow for the yellow army if du Plessis cant play in the XI.
Here we look at the 3 players who can replace Faf du Plessis in CSK playing XI
The veteran Robin Uthappa did not get a chance in the playing XI during first phase of IPL 2021 played in India. He was bought by Chennai Super Kings after a disappointing performance in Rajasthan Royals.
Uthappa featured for Team India as an opener and could be an ideal option for CSK if Faf du Plessis not fit. His performances during 2020 for Rajasthan Royals was below par.
During the 2014 IPL, Uthappa won the Orange Cap with 660 runs for the eventual Champions Kolkata Knight Riders. The veteran player scored 2057 runs from 77 knocks in IPL as an opener. He averaged of 27.43.
With the second phase to be played in UAE, Uthappa can create a major impact with flying starts and provide a solid base for CSK to score huge scores.
The English all-rounder Sam Curran just landed in UAE for the 2nd phase of IPL 2021. He could be an ideal option for CSK if Faf du Plessis misses out. Curran opened the batting for CSK four times in the past during his short IPL career.
Curran could take advantage of the field restrictions in first six overs and go all out right from the word go. If the all-rounder fails to succeed, CSK might not suffer. If the plan works, it will provide impetus for other batsmen to build a massive total.
During the first phase of IPL 2021, Sam Curran did well with the ball and provided some late runs to help CSK post big totals.
Ambati Rayudu is the third option that CSK might be looking for if Faf du Plessis misses out. He has opened 15 times in IPL history with 431 runs including a century.
In the first phase of IPL 2021, Rayudu played some cameo knocks after the openers provided brilliant starts. He can take the advantage of first six overs’ restrictions and give a brisk start for CSK.
He played a sensational knock of 72 not out off 27 balls in the first phase of IPL 2021 played at Feroshah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi. His knock helped CSK post a massive total. Despite that effort, thanks to Pollard’s brilliance, Mumbai Indians chased down the target in last-ball thriller.