The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) started off today’s auction with full enthusiasm and activity and secured their signings before sitting back and watching the rest of the action that unfolded. They then returned towards the end to acquire some uncapped players for their base prices to complete their squad. They made a total of 6 signings to replace the six outgoing players.
CSK finished in the 6th position last season. It was the first time that they finished outside the playoff spots in the tournament’s history. Their batting failed to come together as a unit and their bowling proved to be inconsistent more often than not. Now, with an eye on the next edition, they have made a few smart buys although they’ve splashed out huge cash on two all-rounders in particular.
CSK’s acquisitions and full squad
Chennai Super Kings started off their auction by going for Glenn Maxwell. They were involved in a bidding war with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who finally acquired the Aussie all-rounder. CSK then went all-out for a like-for-like player in Moeen Ali and got him for 7 crores after a bidding war with the Punjab Kings. It was then that they made their costliest buy in K Gowtham by arriving in to the bidding proceedings late. They got him for 9.25 crores.
CSK then bought Cheteshwar Pujara for his base price of 50 lakhs before getting M Harisankar Reddy, Bhagvath Varma and Hari Nishanth for their base prices of 10 lakhs. They thus exhausted their 25 member limit in the squad and were done with their auction.
Full Squad: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, N. Jagadeesan (wk), Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, R. Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, KM Asif, Moeen Ali (INR 7 Cr), K Gowtham (INR 9.25 Cr), Cheteshwar Pujara (INR 50 L), M Harisankar Reddy (INR 20 L), K. Bhagath Varma (INR 20 L), C Hari Nishanth (INR 20 L)