Chennai Super Kings will be returning back to IPL after serving their 2 years suspension for Spot-fixing scandal. It is the most successful IPL team, with a win percentage of 60.68 and captained by the calmest captain on the planet, MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings are a huge force to evaluate with. The only team to triumph the IPL title for two consecutive years. Also, it is the only team to play 6 IPL finals.
Despite being suspended for two years they still hold many records to their name. The highest run-scorer for the side is Suresh Raina, while the highest wicket-taker for the side is Albie Morkel. Here’s a look at 11 players of all-time who have a greatly contributed to their success.
McCullum is an assertive veteran batsman from New Zealand. He first came into the limelight after scoring a knock of 157 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening game of the Inaugural season of IPL. As soon as he joined the CSK he became an integral part of the team.
In his 28 Innings played for the CSK, he has scored 841 runs with a strike rate of 137.19. In 2015, He also played a match-winning knock of 100 runs against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Michael Hussey is an Australian legend who recently has been appointed as the batting coach of The Super Kings. Hussey as a player contributed a lot to his side, he scored 1768 runs in 49 Innings played for the CSK.
In 2008, In the CSK’s maiden IPL match he scored 116 runs against Kings XI Punjab and shown his potential in the Shortest Form of the game. Hussey later moved to the Mumbai Indians squad but soon was brought back by the CSK.
# Middle Order
Suresh Raina (Vice-Captain)
Suresh Raina is one of the fittest and technically sound batsmen in the IPL. He was part of the playing XI in all the matches played by Chennai Super Kings in IPL, he is the only player to do so. He is popularly known as ‘Chinna Thala’ and ‘Mr.IPL’.
He is also the highest run scorer for Chennai Super Kings in IPL with scoring 3699 runs at a strike rate of 139.79 and an average of 39.25.
MS Dhoni (Captain and Wicket-Keeper)
MS Dhoni is the most successful captain and most scrutinised batsmen in the history of IPL. He is the only player to appear in seven out of ten IPL finals. He can bat at any order the team needs. Dhoni is the second-highest run-scorer for Chennai Super Kings in IPL.
Along with Dinesh Karthik, he is leading the chart of most dismissals in IPL. Dhoni recently addressed media that he has a personal connection with the CSK team. He scored valuable 2986 runs in 116 Innings played for the Super Kings in IPL.
During the initial years of the CSK, Subramaniam Badrinath stood as a pillar in the batting line-up. His Innings and contributions seemed to be slightly modest but he had performed exceptionally well at the crucial stages of the game.
He was kenned as Mr.Dependable in the team. He had the ability to turn the fate of the game within a blink of an eye. He scored 1441 runs for Chennai Super Kings in 67 innings at an average of 30.65.
# All Rounders
Bravo is one among the only two players who have won the purple cap twice in the History of IPL. His consistent performances for CSK made him a reliable player. He has scored 706 runs at an astonishing strike rate of 133.96 and picked 79 wickets in 61 matches played for CSK in IPL.
Bravo has the ability of scoring runs at an enormous pace and to bowl precisely in death over which makes him one of the special all-rounders of all time.Bravo is the only player to scalp 400+ wickets in the shortest form of the game.
Albie Morkel with his 76 wickets in 78 matches is the highest ever wicket-taker for Chennai Super Kings in IPL. He represented the Chennai franchisee from the year 2009 to 2013. His brother Morne Morkel and his father Malan Morkel both are renowned cricketers.
He played a vital role in many pressure situations and important matches by scoring runs and taking crucial wickets. He is not only known for his batting at the death-overs but also for his bowling at the death overs and powerplay overs.
Ravindra Jadeja who hails from Gujarat has played for Rajasthan Royals, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Gujarat Lions and Chennai Super Kings, Though his offerings remained same for all the teams he played.
He is one of the three players retained by Chennai Super Kings this year. Jadeja tricks batsmen with Leg-spin variations and also plays a role of Pinch-hitter. Jadeja scored 670 runs in 70 matches played for the Super Kings and also indented 55 crucial wickets.
Ashwin is one among the players who made their International debut on the basis of their performances in IPL. Ashwin, who has 100 wickets and 237 runs from 111 IPL games, has represented the sides of Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiants.
Ashwin now has become an integral part of the Indian test squad. His deceptive bowling skills and off-break variations bamboozle batsmen. In the recent years, he has developed a skill of bowling the carrom ball.
# Seam Bowlers
Ashish Nehra joined the CSK squad in the year 2014 and played an active role in team’s success. In 2015, Nehra starred in 3 wickets win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the important Qualifier, He scalped 3 wickets in the match.
He took 30 wickets in 20 matches played for Chennai Super Kings at a startling average of 19.7. His presence in the team helped young talented pacers like Ishwar Pandey and Ronit More.
Balaji played for Chennai Super Kings in the 1st three editions of the IPL starting from 2008. In the year 2008, he became the first player to pick a hat-trick in IPL and also took 5 wicket-haul in the match.
The next season, he scalped 4 wickets against Rajasthan Royals and made a great difference in the game. He has bowled consistently with a low economy rate in all the matches played for Chennai Super Kings.