5 internationals who never played a single game for Chennai Super Kings
- Here are international players who were unlucky not to have played despite being part of CSK.
- Get to know the story behind their pick in the auction.
#3 Irfan Pathan
Right from the inception of the IPL, Irfan Pathan has been one of the most impactful players of the league. His swing bowling with the new ball and his temperament at the death overs were instrumental factors. The southpaw had the ability to with the bat as he can clear the boundaries with ease.
His all-round potential made him a hot property in the IPL auctions he was part of. He was the fifth costliest player in the big auctions of 2008 and 2011. He was also the costliest player to be bought for his franchise for the first six seasons. He was a vital cog for his franchise. An injury to him in the qualifiers of the 2012 season resulted in the exit of his team Delhi Daredevils.
But his form dropped a bit in 2014 when he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was released the following season. CSK, looking for quality all-rounders, bought him at the auction. The pre-season talks showed that he could play a major role. But on the contrary, he was not given a single game. CSK went to hibernation after 2015 as Pathan never got a chance to play for them.
#4 Akila Dananjaya
Chennai Super Kings have always relied on the spinners to deliver the goods for them. The track at the Chepauk suits their spinners as well. Their association with Sri Lankan spinners started in 2008.
Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan is the first-ever overseas player bought by the Super Kings. He tasted success with CSK in the first three seasons. Then CSK tried out Suraj Randiv. The tall off-spinner played eight games without much success resulting in his ousting.
In 2012, Sri Lanka threw a surprise by picking a certain Akila Danajaya in the World Cup. Danajaya had not played any first-class, List-A or even U-19 cricket. He did well in the only game before being fractured by a straight hit from Rob Nicol.
CSK bought him in the auction in 2013, having lost the auction battle for Sachitra Senanayake to Kolkata Knight Riders. Dananjaya never got a chance to play as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja occupied the spinner's slot.
#5 Kyle Abbott
Chennai Super Kings' exit in the 2014 season of the Indian Premier League sparked many debates. Their strategy to fill the overseas slots with batsmen and play an all-Indian bowling attack backfired badly. An overseas bowler has played key roles in the successful years of CSK.
The likes of Makhaya Ntini, Doug Bollinger, and Albie Morkel were some of them. CSK did realize this fact and went into the 2015 auctions with a mindset to buy as many fast bowlers as possible. With most of the top fast bowlers retained by teams in 2014, CSK had few options to play with.
CSK bought the likes of Andrew Tye, Irfan Pathan, and Kyle Abbott while lost the auction battle for Adam Milne, Praveen Kumar, and Jaydev Unadkat. But Abbott never got a chance to play in the season, despite showing great form in the 2015 Cricket World Cup that preceded the IPL.
His performance helped South Africa qualify for the semi-finals. Questions raised when he was dropped for the semi-final. With an impressive strike-rate and economy rate, he was expected to lead the CSK attack. But he never played a game.