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Chennai Super Kings are coming off their worst season in the Indian Premier League so far. For the first time in 11 seasons, CSK failed to qualify for the playoffs in the IPL. This season all eyes will be on the three-time champions as they look to bounce back. Like every season, CSK didn’t make much changes to their side going into the new season.

But like the last season, the average age of the team will be a matter of bother for the Super Kings. Nonetheless, much is expected from the MS Dhoni-led side as they look to silence the critics and another feather to their cap.

Chennai Super Kings: Team Overview

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As mentioned before, CSK has again stuck to its policy of minimal changing and chopping. The likes of Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Ravindra Jadeja and Sam Curran make up their core. Having learn’t a lesson last season, we might see some young guns in the lineup this time around.

Strengths

Ever since the first season, captain Dhoni remains their greatest strength. And this time around too, the franchise will be banking on his leadership skills and destructive batting. With the likes of Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad and N Jagadeesan in red hot form in the domestic circuit, CSK will be hoping for a much better performance this time around. The return of Raina will be yet another confidence-booster for the side.

Weaknesses

A fragile middle-order and a lack of quality frontline spinner will continue to haunt the former champions. Given Dhoni and Raina’s form lately, the Super Kings have some work to do in the middle order. In the spin department, the benching of Imran Tahir left a Ravindra Jadeja without an able partner last season. And this time too, it will be an all-rounder in Moeen Ali or Krishnappa Gowtham who will be filling in. All in all, the return of Tahir to the XI is the only way to solve the crisis. But a cap on the number of foreign players is what stopping CSK from making the move.

Chennai Super Kings: Season Wise Performance

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YearCaptainResultTop BatsmanRunsTop BowlerWickets
2020Mahendra Singh Dhoni7thFaf du Plessis449Sam Curran13
2019Mahendra Singh DhoniRunners UpMahendra Singh Dhoni416Imran Tahir26
2018Mahendra Singh DhoniChampionsAmbati Rayudu602Shardul Thakur16
2017Team Suspended
2016Team Suspended
2015Mahendra Singh DhoniRunners UpBrendon McCullum436Dwayne Bravo26
2014Mahendra Singh DhoniPlayoffsDwayne Smith566Mohit Sharma23
2013Mahendra Singh DhoniRunners UpMichael Hussey733Dwayne Bravo32
2012Mahendra Singh DhoniRunners UpSuresh Raina441Dwayne Bravo15
2011Mahendra Singh DhoniChampionsMichael Hussey492Ravichandran Ashwin20
2010Mahendra Singh DhoniChampionsSuresh Raina520Muttiah Muralitharan15
2009Mahendra Singh DhoniSemifinalsMatthew Hayden572Muttiah Muralitharan14
2008Mahendra Singh DhoniRunners UpSuresh Raina421Manpreet Gony17

Chennai Super Kings: Team Stats

Batting 

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Suresh Raina
  • Most Runs: Suresh Raina (4527)
  • Most 100s: Suresh Raina (2)
  • Most 50s: Suresh Raina (37)
  • Best Batting Average: Mike Hussey (40.98)
  • Best Strike Rate: Albie Morkel (142.53)
  • Most 6s: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (212)
  • Highest Individual Score: Murali Vijay (127)

Bowling

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Dwayne Bravo
  • Most Wickets: Dwayne Bravo (124)
  • Best Bowling Figures: Ravindra Jadeja (5/16)
  • Most 4 Wicket Hauls: Ravindra Jadeja (4+)
  • Most 5 Wicket Hauls: Ravindra Jadeja (1)

Chennai Super Kings: 2021 Auction Buys and Trades

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Kedar Jadhav and Moeen Ali

Players Released: Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Monu Singh, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay

CSK went into the auction with quite some holes to fill. And they opted for all-rounders to plug all their holes. The former champions’ biggest buys were all-rounders Moeen Ali (INR 7 Cr), K Gowtham (INR 9.25 Cr). Ahead of the auction, CSK had traded in Robin Uthappa in an all-cash deal. The Super Kings also procured another top-order batsman in Cheteshwar Pujara (INR 50 L). Among uncapped players, CSK roped in the services of M Harisankar Reddy (INR 20 L), K. Bhagath Varma (INR 20 L), C Hari Nishanth (INR 20 L).

Chennai Super Kings Full Squad for IPL 2021

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, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, M Harisankar Reddy, K. Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishanth

Chennai Super Kings Full Schedule for IPL 2021

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DATE & DAYOPPOSITIONTIME (IST)VENUE
April 10, SaturdayDelhi Capitals7:30 PMMumbai
April 16, Friday Punjab Kings7:30 PMMumbai
April 19, MondayRajasthan Royals7:30 PMMumbai
April 21, WednesdayKolkata Knight Riders7:30 PMMumbai
April 25, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore3:30 PMMumbai
April 28, WednesdaySunrisers Hyderabad7:30 PMDelhi
May 1, SaturdayMumbai Indians7:30 PMDelhi
May 5, WednesdayRajasthan Royals7:30 PMDelhi
May 7, FridaySunrisers Hyderabad7:30 PMDelhi
May 9, SundayPunjab Kings3:30 PMBangalore
May 12, WednesdayKolkata Knight Riders7:30 PMBangalore
May 16, SundayMumbai Indians7:30 PMBangalore
May 21, FridayDelhi Capitals7:30 PMBangalore
May 23, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore7:30 PMKolkata

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