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Chennai Super Kings Vivo IPL Players List

The defending champions Chennai Super Kings kept it low and believing in the strength of its team bought only two players at the IPL Auction 2019.

With the record of being one of the most successful teams in Indian Premier League, this is a bounce back for the team after their return in IPL 2018. CSK served a two-year suspension and wasn’t able to have a very successful comeback but later did well, as they won the title against Sunrisers Hyderabad.  

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Most of the teams released a lot of their team players, but CSK released only three of its players. The cricketing sensation MS Dhoni and Mitchell Santner have been retained in the team. Suresh Raina and Faf du Pleassis are amongst the others that have retained their position in the team.

The team bought only two players at the IPL Auction for 2019. The team decided to add medium pacer Mohit Sharma for Rs 5 crore. Sharma was on one occasion part of the Chennai Super Kings set-up and then later in Kings XI Punjab. He has been a part of total 26 ODIs and eight T20Is. He also has an upright T20 record, played 110 matches, with 109 wickets to his credit. And Ruturaj Gaikwad for Rs 20 lakh, who hails from Maharashtra and is a potential batsman, having played nine first-class and 29 List A games for his state.

Chennai Super Kings Vivo IPL Squad/ Players List

Retained: MS Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Dhruv Shorey, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Shane Watson, Mitchell Santner, Sam Billings, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Monu Kumar, N Jagadeesan, Kedar Jadhav, Shardul Thakur, Chaitanya Bishnoi

Bought: Ruturaj Gaikwad (Rs 20 lakh), Mohit Sharma (Rs 5 crore)

Released players: Mark Wood, Kanishk Seth, Kshitiz Sharma

Players Name

Country

Player Types

Mohit Sharma (Rs 5 crore)

India

All-Rounder

Colin Ingram (Rs 6.4 crore)

India

Bowler

Ruturaj Gaikwad (Rs 20 lakh)

West Indies

All-Rounder

Axar Patel (Rs 5 crore)

Australia

All-Rounder

Sharefane Rutherford (Rs 2 crore)

India

Wicket Keeper

Hanuma Vihari (Rs 2 crore)

India

Bowler

Keemo Pal (Rs 50 Lac)

India

Bowler

Ishant Sharma (Rs 1.1 crore)

India

Batsman

Jalaj Saxena (20 Lac)

South Africa

Batsman

Ankush Bains (20 Lac)

England

Bowler

Nathu Singh (20 Lac)

England

Wicket Keeper

Bandaru Ayappa (20 Lac)

South Africa

Bowler

Deepak Chahar

India

All-Rounder

Mitchell Santner

New Zealand

All-Rounder

Lungisani Ngidi

South Africa

Bowler

Asif K M

India

Bowler

N Jagadeesan

India

Wicket Keeper

Chaitanya Bishnoi

India

All-Rounder

Monu Singh

India

Bowler

Kshitiz Sharma

India

All-Rounder

Kanishk Seth

India

All-Rounder

Dhruv Shorey

India

All-Rounder


An analysis for Vvio IPL 2019

Chennai Super Kings have players that are old, last year it did work for them, but this year with all the young and energetic players around it seems difficult for them. Experienced players shall be the strength of team CSK, above everyone else.  There was no point retaining players like Harbhajan Singh and Murali Vijay who have not performed well lately. It lowers their chances of winning the title.

Harbhajan wasn’t able to pick up too many wickets and is clearly out of form. Murali Vijay on the other hand barely played last season and his current form shows that he'll not be able to make much of an impact in this IPL.

The Super Kings believe in having an experienced squad over a young one, but the truth is that there are very less local players in the Chennai side. Rather most of the youngsters don't get enough playing chances and this will create a negative rebound effect this season. Imran Tahir and Bravo, who were great in their game once, have lost track. Bravo, their primary death bowler, performed poorly at bowling and hardly played well with the bat either, apart for the 1st match. This absence of young stars in the team shall prove harmful for CSK.

As we all are aware that 2019 shall not just have IPL but it is also the year for going to World Cup 2019. World Cup shall take place after the IPL and for the convenience of the players it has been preponed. This shall give players sufficient time to recuperate and be in shape for the World Cup. The CSK has many first-team inmates from India and other nations and hence the fear of injury will always remain. Imran Tahir, Faf Du Plessis, David Willey and Lungi Ngidi are likely to leave midway through the tournament and this will impact the strength of the team as a whole.

Another point of concern is that Dwayne Bravo and Shane Watson will join after completing the Pakistan Super League which ends on 17th March.

As a well-planned strategy, CSK must have released a few more players and added some fresh faces to the team that would stay for the entire tournament. IPL commences on March 23rd, the workload will be heavy for many players in the team.

The team has always managed to assemble a solid, strong squad but this time the retention choices seem quiet wrong. They released just 3 players and retained some underperforming and old team members, without any apparent reason. Players like Sam Billings are indeed not needed as they already have enough players in that position.

No overseas slot was available in the auction and hence, they do not have any overseas backup for players like Lungi Ngidi. A lot is being expected from the team and their experienced team is the hope. Many a time it is experienced that overpowers others, and as in the last season, CSK aims to back the title yet again with the old yet star players.   

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