IPL Team Preview: CSK


Team Name:- Chennai Super Kings
Captain:- MS Dhoni

Chennai Super Kings finished on top of the table last season with 11 wins out of their 16 games. They were tied on points with Mumbai Indians but they were on top as they had a superior Net Run Rate. CSK lost the finals to Mumbai Indians by 23 runs which ended their dreams of 3 IPL trophies.  They will face the well-settled Kings 11 Punjab in their opening game on 18th April,2014. With the teams undergoing almost a complete makeover this time around, it remains to be seen how the new teams fare as a unit.

Chennai Super Kings Squad for IPL 7

CSK, the most consistent and successful team of IPL so far, retained 5 players going into the IPL 7 Auction. Having retained Dhoni,Raina,Jadeja,Ashwin,Dwayne Bravo , CSK surprised many by selecting the ageing run machine(pun intended) Ashish Nehra. They also bought Brendon Mccullum and Faf du Plessis  which were good decisions. They also bought Samuel Badree, the economical spinner from the West Indies who did very well in the ICC WT20 2014.

Squad strength: 20

Costliest player: Faf du Plessis Rs 4.75 crores

Amount spent: Rs 59.8 crores (Rs 20 lakhs remaining)

Overseas players: 8

Batsmen: 5. Bowlers: 9. All-rounders: 4. Wicketkeepers: 2

Player Type Price Paid
MS DHONI Wicket Keeper Retained
R Jadeja All Rounder Retained
R Ashwin Bowler Retained
D Bravo All Rounder Retained
S Raina Batsman Retained
Faf Du Plessis Batsman ₹4,75,00,000
Dwayne Smith Batsman ₹4,50,00,000
Brendon McCullum Wicket Keeper ₹3,25,00,000
Ashish Nehra Bowler ₹2,00,00,000
Mohit Sharma Bowler ₹2,00,00,000
Ishwar Chandra Pandey Bowler ₹1,50,00,000
Ben Hilfenhaus Bowler ₹1,00,00,000
John Hastings All-Rounder ₹50,00,000
Samuel Badree Bowler ₹30,00,000
Matt Henry Bowler ₹30,00,000
Mithun Manhas All-Rounder ₹30,00,000
Vijay Shankar All-Rounder ₹10,00,000
Ronit More Bowler ₹10,00,000
Baba Aparajith Batsman ₹10,00,000
Pawan Negi Bowler ₹10,00,000

Last year’s Strategy: Murli Vijay and Hussey were the main men to look up to at the top of the order. Raina and Dhoni played vital parts whenever needed. At their home ground,they looked up to spinners Jadeja and Ashwin to provide resistance to the opposing team.

This year’s Strategy: It can be observed that Chennai have managed to get back 11 from their previous year’s squad. They may not have picked the stable Subramaniam Badrinath this year, but have a younger replacement in the from of Mithun Manhas. They may have lost Hussey and Vijay, but now they have Faf du Plessis and Brendon Mccullum  to open the batting for them. Ashwin and Jadeja will be crucial on the tracks in Chennai like before. Thus, the overall balance of the side remains good as before. If there was a problem, it was their fast bowling last year and this time they have done well to pick numerous options in Ishwar Pandey, Matt Henry and Ashish Nehra. In Dwayne Smith and John Hastings, they have a good back-up for Dwayne Bravo.

Possible Best Playing 11: 

1. Brendon McCullum (OVERSEAS)

2. Faf du Plessis (OVERSEAS)

3. Suresh Raina

4. Dwayne Bravo (OVERSEAS)

5. Ravindra Jadeja

6. MS Dhoni  (c) (WICKETKEEPER)

7.  Mithun Manhas/Baba Aparajith

8. R Ashwin

9. Ashish Nehra

10. Matt Henry (OVERSEAS)

11. Mohit Sharma




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