IPL 11: Chennai Super Kings Team and Auction 2018
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CSK team 2018: Making a comeback two years after ban, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) looked focused in building their core first at the IPL auction 2018. On Day one, they ended up with 8 buys. MS Dhoni, the skipper was retained along with Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina. The team also bought all-rounder Kedar Jadhav for Rs 7.8 Crore.
The South Indian franchise also retained Dwayne Bravo for Rs 6.4 Crore, Faf du Plessis for Rs 1.6 Crore and Imran Tahir for Rs 1 Crore using their right-to-match card. The former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson was another buy CSK team 2018 went with. Other than this, they made a final bid for Mitchell Santner, Lungisani Ngidi, Asif K M, Ambati Rayudu, Chaitanya Bishnoi and Kshitiz Sharma. Surprisingly, they didn't gamble on the local boy R Ashwin and let him go to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.2 Crore.
CSK final squad for IPL 2018: MS Dhoni (C), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, Jagadeesan Narayan, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Lungisani Ngidi, Kanishk Seth, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Singh, Mark Wood, Dhruv Shorey and Asif K M.
Their total buys at IPL auction 2018 count 22 including 8 overseas players. They also made some big bidding although being conservative with their spending. They signed Murali Vijay (2 Crore), Sam Billings (1 Crore) and Mark Wood (1.5 Crore) at their base price. Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur were included as the domestic pacers. Moreover, Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma were paid 2 Crore and 5 Crore respectively. A few other uncapped players, including N Jagadeesan, Dhruv Shorey, Monu Singh and Kanishk Seth complete CSK team 2018. With experience aplenty, the two-time IPL champions are looking forward to repeating the history. And yes, they do have the potential to repeat the history.
Can Chennai Super Kings become the third-time IPL champions in 2018?