Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are the most successful team in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, while CSK have won three IPL Titles, they finished as runner-up four times. Last year, the team had made a comeback in the league after a two-year ban and ended up winning the title.
CSK served a two-year ban along with the Rajasthan Royals on account of its role in the 2013 match-fixing scandal. The defending champions are all set to headstart the 12th edition of IPL against Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23 . CSK have played 9 seasons out of the 11 editions of the IPL and the team had successfully acquired a place in the playoffs all the time so far.
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings have retained the vast majority of the squad which had won the title in 2018. The team had bought Mohit Sharma (Rs 5 crore) for this season who had already played for CSK and he is also one of the trusted players of captain MS Dhoni. Maharashtra’s Rituraj Gaekwad (Rs 20 lakh) has also been included in Dhoni’s team.
Here’s a briefing of CSK franchise for IPL 12:
- Purse: Rs 8.4 crore
- Remaining: Rs 3.2 crore
- Squad Size: 25
- Captain: MS Dhoni
- Players Bought: Mohit Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad
- Players Retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi
CSK have all-rounders like Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, David Ville, Deepak Chahar, while Kedar Jadhav and Suresh Raina are the batsmen, who can prove to be very effective with the ball when the opportunity is given.
Chennai Super Kings are also very strong in terms of batting as they have Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay and Sam Billings among the openers while Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo are some prominent names of the middle order batsmen.
Dhoni also has a lot of options in bowling. Among fast bowlers, CSK have Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Mohit, Watson, Bravo, Deepak and K. M. Asif while among spinners, they have Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner.
CSK are playing with 17 Indian players while they have 8 overseas players in their squad. MS Dhoni’s side will look to maintain its dominance in the Indian Premier League 2019, starting from March 23.