Not expecting many changes at CSK in IPL 2021: Ashish Nehra

Written by Sumit Seth

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming hinted towards a major overhaul in the squad after the franchise became the first team to drop out of the playoffs race in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season. However, former India cricketer Ashish Nehra doesn’t feel there will be many changes in the CSK squad for IPL Season 14.

Questions have been raised over the performances of several CSK players including skipper MS Dhoni – who has had a dismal campaign with the bat in UAE. While Shane Watson has had troubles getting going, Kedar Jadhav has been another name at the center of severe criticism.

“MS Dhoni knows how to take it in his stride. We are talking about a guy who is mentally strong. I don’t think it’s that big a deal for him. Every time, you don’t qualify it hurts. But I hope we see MS Dhoni again and see the same old CSK,” Ashish Nehra was quoted as saying by India Today.

Nehra cited his own example as the reason, having played in the IPL until he was 39. Speaking specifically of Watson’s case, Nehra said that he is hoping to see the Aussie in the IPL next year too.

“I don’t think so (big reshuffle happening next year). 30-35 is not old. Somebody like me, I played IPL until I was 39. And if with my body, as a fast bowler, I can play at the age of 39, they can play for longer. Maybe Shane Watson… we still hope that he is there next year. But apart from that, I don’t think they will look to shuffle it too much,” he added.

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