CSK LOOKING TO BE BACK WITH A SPLURGE
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:
|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|