Chennai Super Kings - will MSD's troops help lift the trophy final time?

Chennai Super Kings - Strategy, Squad, playing 11, Fixtures, Schedule, Auction, Retention, Titles, Owners, Sponsors, Brand Value etc.

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Chennai Super Kings - will MSD's troops help lift the trophy final time?
The most popular team in the league has to be CSK as they have been the heart of the league right from the inaugural edition. They are always the talking point with their performance, Strategies, and sometimes even controversies.

The four-time title holders are always in contention for the title and they consistently keep making their way to the top 4 they have so far only missed playoffs twice out of 13 seasons.

Strategy
CSK finished 7th on the points table last season but the franchise is looking to build a strong core. They have missed their key players last season like Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, and Imran Tahir who were part of the franchise for quite a long and now Dwayne Bravo will also not be part of IPL any further. The talent hunt for the team has begun and they will be eyeing youngsters such as Ruturaj Gaikwad, Prashant Solanki, and Mukesh Chaudhary along with experienced Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, and Ravindra Jadeja to build a strong team again for upcoming seasons. They have the perfectly settled top order with Gaykwad and Conway to open and Moeen at no.3 but the Middle-order needs to be more consistent with their performance and the inclusion of Ben stokes is a big positive. The Fast Bowling department lacks an X-factor as Deepak Chahar is not good with yorkers and Dwaine Pretorius isn't experienced in terms of high-pressure and crunch situations of the match, Mukesh Chaudhary has done well so far for the team. The Spin department is quite good with a combination of experience and young talent.

Probable Playing 11
MS Dhoni (C ), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Convey, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ben Stokes, Dwaine Pretorius, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Mukesh Chaudhary, Deepak Chahar
Schedule and Fixtures 2023

Match 1
CSK vs GT 7:30 pm IST
Friday 31 March 2023
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad


Match 2
CSK vs LSG 7:30 pm IST
Monday 3 April 2023
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 
Match 3
CSK vs MI 7:30 pm IST
Saturday 8 April 2023
Wankhede stadium, Mumbai

Match 4 
CSK vs RR 7:30 pm IST
Wednesday 12 April 2023
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Match 5
CSK vs RCB 7:30 pm IST
Monday 17 April 2023
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Match 6 
CSK vs SRH 7:30 pm IST
Friday 21 April 2023
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Match 7
CSK vs KKR 7:30 pm IST
Sunday 23 April 2023
Eden gardens, Kolkata

Match 8
CSK vs RR 7:30 pm IST
Thursday 27 April 2023
Sawai Mansingh stadium, Jaipur

Match 9
CSK vs PK 3:30 pm IST
Sun 30 April 2023
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Match 10
CSK vs LSG 7:30 pm IST 
Thursday 4 May 2023
Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

Match 11
CSK vs MI 3:30 pm IST
Saturday 6 May 2023
MA Chidambaram stadium, Chennai

Match 12
CSK vs DC 7:30 pm IST
Wednesday 10 May 2023
MA Chidambaram stadium, Chennai

Match 13
CSK vs KKR 7:30 pm IST
Sunday 14 May 2023
MA Chidambaram stadium, Chennai

Match 14
CSK vs DC 3:30 pm IST
Saturday 20 May 2023
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi

Squad
 

MS Dhoni (Captain)
He has been magnificent as a captain and finisher for the franchise. He has taken the franchise to the top and never really needed a replacement for himself but now is the time he himself will have to take the responsibility to find his alternate, probably in Ben Stokes, Devon Conway, or even youngsters like Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shivam Dubey for the long run. It will be his last outing as a player in the Indian Premier League and would like to keep the franchise's needs above anything else. As a batter, he has scored 4945 runs with an average of 39.88 and a strike rate of 135.70.
 

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja has been the true Rockstar for the Franchise over the years with Bat and Ball both. One of the few players who perform well under pressure. He will lead the spin attack for CSK, with his economical bowling, the team often gets benefited in Middle overs restricting the opponents from scoring high totals. Batting at no. 6 for CSK he provides flexibility for finishers to shuffle batting positions and take some time to settle in. He has decent stats in Batting having scored 2498 runs with an average of 26.86 and a strike rate of 127.84 and with his bowling he has taken 132 wickets with an average of 30.52 and a strike rate of 23.96.
 

Ben Stokes
The newest inclusion to the Chennai Super Kings and the most suitable candidate for the role of captaincy for CSK ahead. Stokes is equally good in all the departments and we have seen his captaincy skills in recent times for England which is the most required skill CSK needed in him. He can play any role with the bat from opening the innings to finishing the game and even rotating strikes in middle overs against spin and that is the reason for his being valued so much by the teams.
 

Ambati Rayudu
He has been a key player for the franchise for quite some time, his clean-hitting ability in middle overs provides the team with opportunities to score big and even chase targets easily. He is regarded as one of the best spin players of spin by his teammates. He has scored 4187 runs in IPL with an average of 29.70 and a strike rate of 127.29.
 

Ruturaj Gaikwad
The youngster has provided consistent performance with the bat for CSK for the last 3 seasons. He bats long and paces his innings well in middle overs. Timing is the most important factor of his batting which makes his batting easy on the eyes. So far in his career, he has scored 1152 runs with an average of 38.40 and a strike rate of 132.26.
 

Moeen Ali
For the last 3 seasons, he has been given a special responsibility by the team to score runs quickly regardless of match situation and pitch conditions, and he has done that quite successfully. He has the ability to score runs quickly which makes other CSK batters take time and settle. He is also handy with the ball and has an economy rate of 6.92 which is quite useful for the team to stop the flow of runs. In his IPL career, he has scored 796 runs with an average of 22.74 and a decent strike rate of 142.65.
 

Devon Conway
The NZ batter was added to the team last season and he showed his skill in a very short span of time. He managed to score 252 runs in just 7 innings with an average of 42.00 and with a very healthy strike rate of 145.66. 
 

Deepak Chahar
The opening bowler for CSK has the ability to swing the ball both ways and can provide early breakthroughs to the team. For this season his role will be more crucial than any other season. In the absence of Dwayne Bravo, he will be tested in death overs as well. He has taken 59 wickets with an average of 29.19 and managed an economy of 7.79.

Other Members of the Squad include

Shivam Dube, Prashant Solanki, Kyle Jamieson, Tushar Deshpande, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Chaudhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Rajvardhan Hangrekar, Ajinkya Rahane, Subhranshu Senapati, Shaik Rasheed, Mitchell Santner, Dwaine Pretorius, Nishant Sandhu, Ajay Mandal, K. Bhagath Varma

Auction and Retention

Ben Stokes 16.5 Cr

Ravindra Jadeja 16 Cr

Deepak Chahar 14 Cr

MS Dhoni 12 Cr

Ruturaj Gaikwad 8 Cr 

Ambati Rayudu 6.75 Cr

Moeen Ali 6Cr

Shivam Dube 4 Cr

Mitchell Santner 1.90 Cr

Rajvardhan Hangrekar 1.50 Cr

Prashant Solanki 1.20 Cr

Kyle Jamieson 1 Cr

Devon Conway 1 Cr

Mahesh Theekshana 70 L

Nishant Sandhu 60 L

Dwaine Pretorius 50 L

Ajinkya Rahane 50 L

Bhagath Varma 20 L

Ajay Mandal 20 L

Shaik Rasheed 20 L

Mukesh Chaudhary 20 L

Matheesha Pathirana 20 L

Simranjeet Singh 20 L

Subhranshu Senapati 20 L

Tushar Deshpande 20 L

Champions
2010 (Title 1)
The 3rd season of the IPL was won by the kings defeating Mumbai Indians by 22 runs. It was Suresh Raina's performance with the bat that created the difference 57*(35). 


2011 (Title 2)
The very next season they again clinched the trophy in the finals against RCB. The playoffs were introduced in the League for the 1st time and also it was the 1st 10 teams edition of the IPL.

2018 (Title 3)
After suffering a 2-year Suspension from the League there were questions about the team's strategy and future, However, the team managed to get their 3rd IPL trophy and announced their return.

2021 (Title 4)
Till this time the team came to be known by the name 'Dads Army' and was mocked for having fewer youngsters to their squad. But again they showed the world why they prefer experience over Talent. 

Owners
Kashinath Vishwanathan is currently the CEO and CSK is Owned by Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd. 

Brand Value
Chennai Super Kings was valued at $900 Million and is on track to become India's first sports unicorn.

Sponsors and Partners
Principal partners of the Franchise are TVS Eurogrip, India Cements, Gulf, British Empire, SNJ10000, Jio, Astral Pipes, and Nippon Paint. Digital Partner for the franchise is Aqilliz and Merchandise Partners are ICICI Bank, Fancraze, and FanPlay.

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