CSK might be in trouble due to the absence of 3 key players

The defending champions Chennai Super Kings will play last year's runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday to kick off the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season (March 26). CSK, led by MS Dhoni, have a number of selection issues ahead of their first IPL 2022 match, with at least three key players missing.

Due to various circumstances, Moeen Ali, Deepak Chahar, and Dwaine Pretorious will all be unavailable for CSK's first match. Deepak Chahar is yet to recuperate from a quadriceps injury, while Pretorious will remain in quarantine. Furthermore, Moeen Ali, the England all-rounder, has yet to acquire his visa for India.

Ali was one of the players who the franchise decided to keep ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. Ali was recruited at Rs 8 crore.

Kasi Viswanathan, the CEO of CSK commented that on February 28, Ali applied for his visa. The application has been made for more than 20 days. The 34-year-old all-rounder has travelled to India several times but has failed to obtain travel documents. They're hopeful he'll be able to join them shortly. On the other hand, Ali has assured them that as soon as he receives the papers, he would board the following flight.

Pretorius will not be available until after South Africa's ODI series against Bangladesh, which means he will most likely miss the first match and will be released from quarantine on match day.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, one of the available players, is now healthy and ready for the opening game. His starting partner will be newcomer Devon Conway, while Robin Uthappa will replace Moeen Ali at No. 3 for CSK.

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan suggested that if Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa are chosen as openers, the CSK should use mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana. Pathan also commented that in his opinion, CSK obviously needs to play other outside players like Adam Milne because Maharashtra pitches require extra pace.