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Two-time Champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) finished third in the last edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Led by MS Dhoni, the team is the most consistent side in the history of the IPL. Apart from lifting the trophy twice (2010 and 2011), they have been runners-up three times (2008, 2012 and 2013). Also Check- Full List of Players bought by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Team for IPL 2015: IPL 8 Players Auction.
Team Composition: CSK, without doubt has one of the best batting line-ups in IPL. Suresh Raina and maverick skipper MS Dhoni, who have been part of the team right from the inaugural season, are batting mainstays of the side. Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum, Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Smith are vital cogs of a scarily good batting lineup. While the aforementioned players are set to form the core of CSK, former Australian batsman Michael Hussey, who was picked in this year’s auction, may well have a crucial role to play in the side, as a batsman or a part of the coaching staff. CSK are stacked with a couple of world-class all-rounders too in the form of West Indies import Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja. Besides them, in Ravi Ashwin and Irfan Pathan, the team has two established India internationals.
Mohit Sharma, who had a prolific World Cup, will lead the CSK bowling. He will have good new ball partners in Matt Henry and Kyle Abbott. Ashish Nehra also provides an option for Dhoni. The core of the team has been same over the years and that has and will be CSK’s USP going into IPL 8. Also Watch- Indian Premier League 2015 Promo: ‘India ka Tyohaar’ Sony SIX Pepsi IPL 8 ad.
Star Player: Suresh Raina, who currently holds the record for most runs in IPL, with 3325 runs under his belt, is an integral part of CSK batting unit. The left-hander has been a regular performer for the Men in Yellow and is expected to top batting charts once again. He is a proven match-winner in CSK ranks and is known as ‘IPL Bradman’ in certain sections.
Prediction: Being one of the consistent teams in the tournament, CSK, are one of the favourites to make it to the playoffs. They are tough customers to beat, irrespective of where they play. By the looks of it, the kind of team on paper, CSK have what it takes go the distance once again. Check Out: IPL 2015 Schedule – All Match Fixtures and Complete Time Table of IPL.
Indian Players: MS Dhoni, Ishwar Pandey, Mithun Manhas, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Baba Aparajith, Pawan Negi, Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Ronit More, Rahul Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Pratyush Singh, Ankush Bains, Eklavya Dwivedi.
Foreign Players: Matt Henry, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Samuel Badree, Michael Hussey, Kyle Abbott, Andrew Tye.