The hype around CSK’s return has been increasing with each passing day, as we come closer to their official return on April 7th.
Reigning champions Mumbai Indians will host Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the season, as the ‘Whistle Podu’ army will return to the IPL after a two-year hiatus.
One of the most popular sides in IPL history, CSK have won the tournament twice and also reached the finals on three other occasions. The likes of Hayden, Hussey, Raina, Jadeja, Bravo and of course MS Dhoni have symbolized everything that CSK stood for over the years.
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At the IPL retention special, CSK announced MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja as the three players that they have retained ahead of the IPL auction.
MS Dhoni always talks of creating a core team in the side, with the likes of Raina and Jadeja part of the core group that he so wants.
One name who has not been mentioned so far has been Ravichandra Ashwin. The graceful off-spinner has now become a world class bowler, putting him right up there among one of the best that India has ever produced.
CSK CEO, Kashi Vishwanath has now said that the team will be going all-out for their old spinner, as they want to bring back their core group of players.
“He (Ashwin) is a very valuable player. He brings more than 100% to the team. Ashwin is an important factor in our game plan,” CSK CEO Kashi Vishwanath told insidesport.co. “We have a certain plan to get him in the auction. We are aware that it is not in our hands now. But we have a certain bidding strategy for the city boy. You cannot ignore his contribution to the CSK.”
“Since we all are aware of the CSK strategy for a certain player, no one will let him go easily.”
“Each franchisee will have its own game plan and team strategy. Frankly speaking, Chennai has limited their options with the player retention choices they have made. They still need a lot to form a balanced combine. They are among several franchisees to have spent or got deduced the most from their ₹80 crore player auction purse.”
“With just Rs. 47 crore in hand, Chennai won’t be able to go beyond a point even in its most aggressive bids.”