Chennai Super Kings – Team Review
The most successful team in the IPL is back. Over the years, The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have dominated the T20 tournament like no other team. The IPL was even jokingly described once as “the tournament where seven other teams fight to play CSK in the finals.”
Chennai in 2010-11 managed to win consecutive IPL titles. They have been the runners-up in as many as four IPLs. Their lowest rank so far in the IPL was when they ended fourth in the 2009 IPL season. The yellow-jersey team was always a safe-bet.
Indeed, it was betting that took CSK out of the greatest T20 carnival. Mishaps of their team manager got CSK suspended for two years. However, they have served the term and this year, The Chennai Super Kings are back to rule the IPL.
Before the mega auction in January 2018, every team was allowed to retain three of its players. CSK chose to retain its icon player, MS Dhoni, ace batsman Suresh Raina, and much-loved spinner Ravindra Jadeja.
Here’s a look at the players that CSK bought in the IPL auction held on 27th and 28th January 2018.
In a move that shocked everyone, CSK did not buy back R. Ashwin, but instead settled for the other legendary Indian off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh. After vying for experienced players on the first day of auction, CSK did well in buying a lot of many young Indian players, maintaining the team balance.
Famous names amongst Indian players for the CSK this season are Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Karn Sharma and Shardul Thakur. Of course MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja are there as retained players.
Dhruv Shorey, Deepak Chahar and Kanishk Seth are three emerging talents that we can expect to surprise us with their performances.
CSK does not have a very exciting foreign roster, but they possess a nice mix of emerging talents and stalwarts. While Sam Billings, Lungi Ngidi, Mark Wood, Mitchell Santner will be making their IPL debut, CSK will also bank on the experience of Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, FAF Du Plessis and Imran Tahir.
The core that made CSK such a champion in the tournament is still there in Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja and Bravo. With the influx of new talent, they will look to go about their business in the best way they know. They have good fast bowlers, experienced spin bowlers and a huge crop of all rounders.
CSK is already being called the ‘Daddies team’ due to the presence of large number of players with age on the wrong side of 30. This may hamper their fielding and running between wickets. Also, they lack a powerful opener who can go berserk in the powerplay overs.
Expected Playing 11:
Murali Vijay, Shane Watson/Sam Billings, Suresh Raina, FAF Du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi/Mark Wood, Harbhajan Singh/Imran Tahir
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