Last year, the fans eagerly awaited for the comeback of their favorite IPL team, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the men in yellow didn’t disappointed their points as they lifted their third IPL title under the leadership of MS Dhoni. The yellow jersey came back to India’s biggest money-spinner after completing the two-year suspension imposed due to the charges of corruption. Chennai has always been known for having one of the greatest fan bases which are extremely devoted to its beloved team. Now, this year the fans will be expecting much more from their favorite team also because of the fact that they lifted the trophy this year.
CSK Full Squad for IPL 2019:
Before the IPL 2019 Auction, the three-time IPL champions, including IPL 2018, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) needed only two Indian players to fulfill their squad and they made it comfortably by picking up Mohit Sharma and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Retained players: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Faf Du Plessis, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Lungisani Ngidi, Asif KM, N Jagadeesan, Monu Singh, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, David Willey, Mitchell Santner
Purchased in IPL 2019 Auction: Mohit Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad
The triad of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and Ravindra Jadeja is expected to play a crucial role for CSK this season as well, especially after lifting the trophy in the last season. Rain and Jadeja have a point to prove as they have been overlooked and underestimated in recent times, especially the latter as he is only in contention for ICC World Cup 2019.
Much onus relies on the Indian fast bowling department also as there is no one who has lots of experience in either IPL or T20Is. Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar will have their task cut-off. The spin department is much more solid with Harbhajan Singh and Jadeja. They also have Karn Sharma and Imran Tahir as back-up.
Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu are all experienced batsmen and they know their role very well. They will have to provide the platform and also ensured the increased run-rate.
CSK has the African young sensation Lungi Ngidi, he will play a crucial role this season as he did a decent job last year in the few chances he has got. Even with Dwayne Bravo in the squad, they have the most successful bowler in the T20s. Faf Du Plessis will provide stability to the batting order. Sam Billings and Mark Wood will enjoy the platform to make a name for themselves.
Faf Du Plessis/ Shane Watson $
Dwayne Bravo $
Imran Tahir $/ Harbhajan Singh
Lungi Ngidi/David Willey $
Shardul Thakur/Deepak Chahar
$ – Foreign Players
CSK have a backup spinner in Karn Sharma who has a great IPL experience behind him. Sam Billings can be tried to break the monotony that is apparent in the batting lineup as he did a decent job last year as well. Dhruv Shorey can be tried at the top if needed.