Chennai Super Kings are back in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League and the people can’t help getting excited about it. They are set to make a comeback for the first time since 2015 and they will hope to go all guns blazing hoping the new enthusiasm take them to new heights.

On 14th of July 2015, after multiple allegations of betting and spot-fixing scandal was proved against the owners of the teams, the Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha Committee suspended the owners of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for a period of two years.

But the bad days seem to be behind them. Now that the franchise owners have served their ban, the fans of the franchise will be anticipating their return with eagerness and enthusiasm. Moments after the Grand Finale of its 2017 edition, CSK’s official Twitter handle announced their return to the tournament. For many fans all over the country, it gave more reasons to celebrate than Mumbai Indians’ thrilling victory against Pune in the Final.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will make a return to his original team in IPL. For all the furor surrounding the Chennai-based franchise, MSD should be held responsible for about half of it. Since he started as the leader of this franchise back in 2008, Chennai has become a second home for the Ranchi born former Indian Captain.

Main Headline Players in Chennai Super Kings team in IPL 2018

Dhoni will again be the Captain for CSK as has been the ritual in eight seasons of IPL when CSK participated. Their signature players Ravindra Jadeja and Murali Vijay have also been retained by CSK for IPL 2018.

CSK have also retained Dwayne Bravo for IPL 2018. With intelligent bowling and quick runs on many occasions, the West Indian all-rounder has been a real asset for the team in the past. Dwayne Bravo did not come cheap as well, but looking at his utilities one has to say that is a big bargain at 6.4 crores. His presence in the team will keep the positive vibes flowing for the players as well as the fans.

While Dhoni was bought for a staggering 15 crore, Jadeja was priced very high too, at 7 crores.

But one big hole that has surfaced for CSK is the loss of Ravichandran Ashwin, who was retained by Rising Pune Supergiants after his fantastic performance in IPL 2017.

CSK will be looking to fill up the space vacated by Ashwin with the inclusion of Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, and Mitchell Santner. Bhajji has an immensely proud history with the Indian national cricket team which led to him being priced at 2 crores. Both Tahir and Santner were good buys as well, at 1 crore and 50 lakhs respectively.

CSK will also be offered the services of promising speedster Lungi Ngidi from South Africa, who was a great buy at only 50 lakhs. Last but not the least, Shane Watson (the fiery all-rounder from Australia) who was sold to CSK at a good bargain of 4 crores.

Altogether, it seems the CSK has done their homework. And as their former owner N Srinivasan said last year in a statement, the Super Kings seem eager to be back with a bang!


List of all players bought by Chennai Super Kings at IPL 2018 Auction 

Stephen Fleming will be joining the Chennai Super Kings team as Coach alongside Captain MS Dhoni this year.

M.A. Chidambaram Stadium will be the Chennai Super Kings’ home venue for IPL 2018.

The squad for CSK has 25 players in total and includes 8 foreign players. Despite having a lot of players in the team, CSK still has Rs. 6.5 crore funds remaining. This is by far the most efficient buying in this year’s IPL auction.

Here’s the complete list of players in Chennai Super Kings team for IPL 2018:


Player Country Price Specialization
MS Dhoni India 15 crores Batsman
Suresh Raina India 11 crores Batsman
Kedar Jadhav India 7.8 crores Batsman
Ravindra Jadeja India 7 crores All-rounder
Dwayne Bravo West Indies 6.4 crores All-rounder
Karn Sharma India 5 crores All-rounder
Shane Watson Australia 4 crores All-rounder
Shardul Thakur India 2.6 crores Bowler
Ambati Rayudu India 2.2 crores Wicket-Keeper
Murali Vijay India 2 crores Batsman
Harbhajan Singh India 2 crores Bowler
Faf Du Plessis South Africa 1.6 crores Batsman
Mark Wood England 1.5 crores Bowler
Sam Billings England 1 crore Wicket-keeper
Imran Tahir South Africa 1 crores Bowler
Deepak Chahar India 80 lakhs Bowler
Lungi Ngidi South Africa 50 lakhs Bowler
Mitchell Santner New Zealand 50 lakhs Bowler
KM Asif India 40 lakhs Bowler
Dhruv Shorey India 20 lakhs Batsman
Kanishk Seth India 20 lakhs All-rounder
Kshitiz Sharma India 20 lakhs All-rounder
Narayan Jagadeesan India 20 lakhs Wicket-keeper
Chaitanya Bishnoi India 20 lakhs Bowler
Monu Kumar India 20 lakhs Bowler