Chennai Super Kings: The Most Successful IPL Team

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Chennai Super Kings can be termed as the most successful gentlemen team of the last three editions. They have not only won the matches, but won with the best Fairplay display also. With the best captian of the World, at present, leading the team of T20 specialists, CSK is set for another rocking edition of IPL.

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Chennai Super Kings is the most successful team of the last three editions. The defending champion has also won the Champions League in South Africa. Besides that they have been the finalist in the first edition of 2008 where they lost to Rajasthan Royals on the last delivery of the match, and the semifinalist of second edition where Royal Challengers Bangalore knocked them out.

Besides winning matches and tournaments, they have also won the heart and hence the Kingfisher Fairplay Awards twice in three editions – 2008 and 2010. The 2009 edition Fairplay award went to Kings XI Punjab.

2008 – 9 Wins, 7 Losses
They came as one of the strongest contender and proved the claims in the end with 9 wins and only 7 losses, 3 of which came against the Champions Rajasthan Royals, against whom CSK lost the final also, after losing both the group matches.
Besides other wins, CSK won 3 games against Kings XI, and both group games against Kolkata Knights.

2009 – 8 Wins 6 Losses, 1 No Result
Won both group matches aginst Kings XI and Rajasthan Royals, and were knocked out by RCB in the semifinal.

2010 – 9 Wins 7 Losses
Played Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians thrice in their winning campaign. At Group Stage, Chargers won both the matches, but Super Kings had the final laugh in the semifinal which they won by 38 Runs.
Against Mumbai Indians in group matches, Super Kings were even with one win and one loss. In the Final, they defeated the favorite Mumbai Indians by 22 runs.
They have also played a tie with Kings XI, that they lost in the Super Over.

Overall Performance
26 wins, 20 losses and 1 No Result.
They have played the maximum matches in three editions of IPL. Overall they have played 47 matches. Against Kolkata Knight Riders their match was abandoned in 2009. They played a tie in 2010, which they lost in Super Over. But, the winning average is far greater when compared to other teams.

Summary
With Dhoni, the Captain of World Champion India, in control, having other successful players of World Cup in team (Raina, SOuthee, Ashwin), and always successful IPL players (Morkel) raring to make an impact, CSK will be the team to beat for others in this edition too.

Squad
Batsmen: Dhoni (Captain), Faf du Plessis, Michael Hussey, Srikkanth Anirudha, Subramaniam Badrinath, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Murali Vijay
Allrounders: Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Scott Styris, Suresh Raina, Yo Mahesh
Bowlers: Tim Southee, Doug Bollinger, Ben Hilfenhaus, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, George Bailey, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Abhinav Mukund, Sudeep Tyagi, Kuthethurshri Vasudevadas, Ganapathi Vignesh

Auction List for CSK

    Ravichandran Ashwin Chennai Super Kings $850,000
    Subramaniam Badrinath Chennai Super Kings $800,000
    Doug Bollinger Chennai Super Kings $700,000
    Michael Hussey Chennai Super Kings $425,000
    Dwayne Bravo Chennai Super Kings $200,000
    Wriddhiman Saha Chennai Super Kings $100,000
    Sudeep Tyagi Chennai Super Kings $240,000
    Scott Styris Chennai Super Kings $200,000
    Joginder Sharma Chennai Super Kings $150,000
    Francois du Plessis Chennai Super Kings $120,000
    Nuwan Kulasekara Chennai Super Kings $100,000
    Ben Hilfenhaus Chennai Super Kings $100,000
    Suraj Randiv Chennai Super Kings $80,000
    George Bailey Chennai Super Kings $50,000

Retained players

    MS Dhoni
    Suresh Raina
    Murali Vijay
    Albie Morkel
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