The Chennai Super Kings are one of the best franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League. They are the most successful team in the number of final appearances and joint most successful in the number of trophies. Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, the team defeated the Gujarat Titans in the finals this year to clinch their fifth title.
Meanwhile, star CSK allrounder Mooen Ali picked the all-time playing XI for the team. He chose young Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shane Watson to open the inning. In the middle order, Mooen selected Mr. IPL, Suresh Raina at number three, and Ambati Raydu at number 4. They are followed by Aussie legend Michael Hussey and skipper MS Dhoni.
In Mooen’s playing XI, all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo retained their places. In the bowling department, Mooen went with Harbhajan Singh over Ravichandran Ashwin, Deepak Chahar, and Josh Hazelwood as pacers. This team left fans split as they found it inappropriate to add Ruturaj Gaikwad in place of Faf du Plessis and Harbhajan Singh instead of Ravichandran Ashwin.
Will Mooen take retirement from Test once again?
Recently, in an interview, Mooen Ali expressed that he is not thinking about future tours of England and is only focusing on the ongoing Ashes series. He said that after the series, he will sit down with Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes to discuss it. He said, “Not really, to be honest with you. I think for me, it’s about getting through these two games if I play these two games,” said Mooen. “It’s not easy; I find Test cricket really hard. It is the hardest and best format out there, for sure.”
However, he praised the environment in the dressing room and said that it should have been there five years ago. “But I’ve really enjoyed my time since I’ve come back, and it’s been a brilliant environment. I wish it was this five years ago.” Notably in the ongoing Ashes series, Mooen Ali has been phenomenal with both bat and ball; he scored a brilliant half-century in the ongoing fourth Test.
Here is how fans react to Mooen Ali’s all-time CSK xi:
Harbhajan in all time CSK 11 ?
— Shubman Gang (@ShubmanGang) July 21, 2023
Team looks Perfect
— Pandu Raj (@CSKianPanduRaj) July 21, 2023
Replace Ruturaj with Faf and Hazelwood with Ashish Nehra . Also Harbhajan Singh with Ashwin
— KhabriBhai (@RealKhabriBhai) July 21, 2023
L for snake
All others W
— msd_stan (@bdrijalab) July 21, 2023
My all time CSK XI:
1. Murali Vijay
2. Shane Watson
3. Faf Du Plessis
4. Suresh Raina
5. Ambati Rayudu
6. Ms Dhoni (c &wk)
7. R. Jadeja
8. DJ Bravo
9. R. Ashwin
10. Ashish Nehra/ Mohit Sharma
11. Ntini/ Hazlewood/ Murlitharan
Just recalled some golden days with that old CSK.
— Mukund Agarwal (@RealMukundA) July 21, 2023
Top 5️⃣ Highest run-getters for 🇮🇳 in International Cricket
* : Active players
— Adlee (@CricStatGeek) July 21, 2023
WOAH! Never thought I will see an all time CSK XI with no @ashwinravi99 in it… even as an MI fan, I will say this, in normal circumstances Ashwin is better than bhajji… in Chepauk, Ashwin-daylight-bhajji…
— Anubhav Mishra (@meanubhav) July 21, 2023
Murali Vijay in place of Rittu,
Faf in place of Watto,
Ashish or Murlidharaan in place of Harbhajan,
Mohit Sharma in place of Chahar,
A Morkel or S Balaji In place of Hezelwood,
— Delhi Capitals Fan (RP17) (@Branded_Tweet) July 21, 2023
Would have gone with Ashwin in place of Harbhajan.. would be wanting Faf in the lineup… Doug Bollinger in place of Josh.. Seems pretty difficult to pick all time 11.. Missing Murali Vijay, Badri, Albie….
— ADARSH KUMAR B (@ADARSHKUMARB2) July 21, 2023
He has played only 1 or two season.
— Sonukumar Yadav 🇮🇳 (@imahirsonu) July 21, 2023
TBH, Overall contribution:
Vijay > Gaikwad
Faf > Watson
Bollinger, Morkel > Hazlewood
Ashwin, Jakati > Harbhajan
— CricBot (@CricOPinionsB) July 21, 2023
— RAWK 🚩 (@RAWK_OFFICIAL) July 21, 2023
All time or after lockdown team? 😂 😂 😂
What Hazelwood and harbhajan doing here ?
— The_cricket (@The_cricket18) July 21, 2023
Even D Smith is better than Ruturaj
— _deepak.jain1827 (@Deepakjain1827) July 21, 2023
-Hussey at the top, opening with Ruturaj
-Faf du Plessis in place of Watson, batting at number 4, Rayudu at 5
-Ashwin in place of Harbhajan
-Bollinger in place of Hazlewood
— Dr.Manthan Modi (@mhmodi2270) July 21, 2023
Faf over Rutu & Ash over Harbhajan
Faf & Ash used to be core CSK.
— Sridhar (@Sridhar_S_D) July 21, 2023