IPL 2018: 4 Chennai Super Kings players who should step up their game before the playoffs
Chennai Super Kings became the second team to qualify for the 2018 Indian Premier League playoffs after Sunrisers Hyderabad. Rajasthan Royal’s victory against Mumbai Indians confirmed their spot in the playoffs. With eight wins in 12 games, CSK must win at least one of their remaining two games to ensure a top-two finish.
CSK and their history of playoffs is not something new for the IPL fans. CSK will look to win their third title straightaway in their comeback season. With Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in supreme form, no total is safe to defend against the men in yellow. However, there lies a concern with the rest of the lineup. Among them, the following four players should immediately step up their game before the playoffs.
#4 Harbhajan Singh
After a decade-long relationship with Mumbai Indians, Harbhajan Singh could have expected the franchise to retain him for the 2018 season. However, the Mumbai franchise decided to let go of the veteran. CSK bought the seasoned campaigner at his base price of INR 2 crores in the 2018 auction.
Harbhajan Singh has played ten games in this season. He took just seven wickets with the economy rate of 8.08. His economy rate is evident to his tight bowling spells in the tournament. He is satisfied right now with batsmen knocking him down for singles with occasional boundaries.
However, the problem lies in his wicket tally. Harbhajan should bowl more attacking lines in the upcoming games. He should look to pick more wickets to control the run flow. Since Harbhajan is more likely to feature in the playoff games, he needs to perform better in the remaining league games.