Chennai Super Kings Team 2019 Players List, Stats, Matches

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is the IPL franchise team based out of the capital city of Tamil Nadu. CSK Chennai Super Kings team is the most successful team in the IPL history in terms of win percentage and with the most number of playoffs qualification. The team has managed to qualify for the playoffs in every single season it has participated in. Furthermore, along with Mumbai Indians, they are the only team who have won the title three times, despite not playing two seasons.

In 2008, India Cements bought the team. N. Srinivasan, former president of ICC and BCCI was the co-owner of the team. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, winning captain of the 2007 T20 World Cup, was brought in by the team and appointed the captain, and he remains the leader of this team to this day. Under his leadership, the yellow army has experienced incredible success throughout the Indian Premier League, reaching 7 finals in 9 seasons, and winning 3 of them. On top of that, the team has won the Champions League T20 twice, in 2010 and 2014.

Due to the involvement of some people associated with the management of the team in the 2013 spot-fixing cases in IPL, CSK along with Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two seasons in 2016 and 2017. The team regrouped for the 2018 season and won the tournament, making it one of the strongest comeback stories in cricketing history. The CSK Chennai Super Kings team will be hoping to have an equally great outing this time around.

Chennai Super Kings Players

The star player of the team is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, lovingly called ‘Thala’ by the CSK fans. The popularity of Dhoni has created the biggest fan base for an IPL team across the country. Mike Hussey, Andrew Flintoff, Matthew Hayden, Albie Morkel, M. Muralidharan and Ravichandran Ashwin were some of the top performers for the team in the initial years of the tournament. Local boy Murali Vijay was the first player to score two centuries in IPL. Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum and Mohit Sharma have been some of the major contributors to the team over the years.

Transfers

Apart from the major signings of the first year, the team shelled out $1.55 million for the England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff in 2009, making it one of the biggest signings of the time. Dwayne Bravo, considered as the best transfer signing by CSK due to many incredible performances for the team, has been a regular feature in all the seasons post-2011. Ravindra Jadeja, who had some good but inconsistent performances with Rajasthan Royals and Kochi Tuskers, saw an upturn in his fortunes when he was bought by CSK for a whopping 12 crores in 2012. Dwayne Smith, Faf Du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Samuel Badree, Murali Vijay have been some other major transfers made by the team. In the recently concluded player auction in Dec 2018, the defending champions brought in players like Mohit Sharma and Ruturaj Gaikwad to further strengthen a winning core.

Seasons

YearIndian Premier LeagueChampions League Twenty20
2008Runners-upCancelled
2009Playoffs (2nd/8)Did Not Qualify
2010ChampionsChampions
2011ChampionsGroup stage
2012Runners-upGroup stage
2013Runners-upSemifinalists
2014Playoffs (3rd/8)Champions
2015Runners-upTournament defunct
2016Suspended
2017Suspended
2018Champions

Current Squad

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C) (WK), Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Kedar Jhadav, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Shane Watson, Karn Sharma, Dwayne Bravo, David Willey, Narayan Jagadeeshan (WK), Sam Billings (WK), Lungi Ngidi, Monu Kumar, KM Asif, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardhul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, Deepak Chahar and Imran Tahir.

Statistics

YearTotalWinsLossesNRSuccess RatePositions
20081697056.25%Runners-up
20091586153.33%Semi-finalists
20101697056.25%Champions
201116115068.75%Champions
201220118157.89%Runners-up
201318126061.11%Runners-up
201416106062.50%Playoffs
201517107058.80%Runners-up
2016Suspended
2017Suspended
201816115068.75%Champions
Total15091572

Overall results in IPL by opposition

OppositionSpanMatchWonLostTiedNRSuccess Rate
Deccan Chargers2008–201210640060%
Delhi Daredevils2008–2015,2018191360068.42%
Kings XI Punjab2008–2015, 2018201271062.50%
Kochi Tuskers Kerala20112110050%
Kolkata Knight Riders2008–2015, 2018201280160.00%
Mumbai Indians2008–2015, 20182813150046.15%
Pune Warriors India2011–20136420066.67%
Rajasthan Royals2008–2015, 2018211380063.15℅
Royal Challengers Bangalore2008–2015,2018231570168.18%
Sunrisers Hyderabad2013–2015, 201811920081.81%
Total2008–2015, 201815091570260.67%

Previous 3 match performances

·                20/5/18

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)                vs         Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

153                                                                     159/4

CSK won by 8 wickets

·                 22/5/18

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)      vs         Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

139/7                                                                   140/8

CSK won by 2 wickets

·                 27/5/18

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)      vs         Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

178/6                                                                    181/2

CSK won by 8 wickets

Upcoming matches

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

(23/3/19) 8:00 PM at M.A Chidambaram Chepauk Stadium, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

(1/4/19) 8:00 PM at M.A Chidambaram Chepauk Stadium, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

(7/4/19) 8:00 PM at PCA Stadium, Mohali, Punjab.

Breakdown of performances for every season

Season 1

The Chennai Super Kings CSK team made the costliest purchase of MS Dhoni for $1.5 million and built a strong team with players like M. Muralidharan, Stephen Fleming, Suresh Raina, Matthew Hayden and Michael Hussey forming the core of the team. They reached the finals of the inaugural season but lost to Rajasthan Royals in an exhilarating match that had the last ball finish.

Season 2

Season 2 of the season again saw the owners shelling big bucks and bringing in Andrew Flintoff for $1.55 million. It did not work out well as he played just the three matches before he suffered an injury and was ruled out for rest of the tournament. The team again performed well in this season and finished 2nd on the table. They lost to RCB in the semi-finals, ending their tournament there.

Season 3

The team got off to a poor start in this season with winning just 2 out of first 7 matches but then put together back-to-back good performances. The all-round performances from the team led them to a final yet again, where they faced the tournament favourites Mumbai Indians. Suresh Raina, Muralitharan and R. Ashwin played crucial roles in the final to help CSK Chennai Super Kings team win their maiden title.

Season 4

With 2 more teams added to the IPL, the teams could retain only 4 players and the rest were released. CSK  Chennai Super Kings team managed to keep the core of the team intact with Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Hussey, Vijay, Albie Morkel and a few more still in the team. Just like the previous season, the team reached the finals by stringing together consistent performances after a poor start to the tournament. They won the finals by defeating RCB and became the first team to defend the IPL title.

Season 5

In season 5, the team bought Ravindra Jadeja for a whopping 12 crores and the player formed a key partnership with Ashwin to make a great spin duo. They again had a poor start to the season but did manage to qualify for the playoffs with the help of a healthy net run rate. They reached their 4th final in 5 years but lost to Kolkata Knight Riders.

Season 6

The team bolstered their bowling attack with five overseas and Indian bowlers before this season, helping them top the table for the first time in IPL. They won 11 out of the 16 league stage games. CSK won the playoff against Mumbai Indians but lost to them in the final of the tournament. Mike Hussey got the orange cap of the season for being the top scorer.

Season 7

This season saw a mega auction where CSK bought big match players like Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith and Ashish Nehra. They, along with the retained players like Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bravo and Raina made a formidable team, which helped them reach the playoffs. The team’s journey ended with a loss in the eliminator to KXIP.

Season 8

The team was at their consistent best yet again in this season and reached the finals for the 6th time in 8 years. They faced MI in the finals, but lost to them in the finals for the second time.

Season 9 & 10

The CSK Chennai Super Kings team did not play for these two seasons due to suspension.

Season 11

The team regrouped itself after 2 years of suspension. The management tried to keep the core of the team from the 2015 season intact. While doubts were raised about how the players’ average age was higher than most other teams, CSK proved everyone wrong by winning the IPL for the third time in their comeback year. This title saw the CSK Chennai Super Kings team become the most successful team in IPL.

Home Ground

M.A. Chidambaram Chepauk Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu has been the home ground of Chennai Super Kings in IPL for every year. They have an incredible winning percentage of more than 67% at their home ground, due to which the ground is often referred as “Fortress Chepauk”. The team has also used stadiums at Ranchi and Pune as their home ground for a few matches.

CSK Motto and Logo design

The team got its name of CSK to honour the rulers and kings of Chennai or the Tamil Empire and was inspired by India Cements brand name ‘Coromandel Kings’ as well. Super is a word that is common in the Tamil lingo and thus got included in the team name. The logo of the team includes a roaring lion in orange colour with the team name in blue. The lion, being the king of the jungle, represents the team very well. The logo and the team, in general, depicts qualities like domination, solid performance, fiery spirit and vibrancy.

Jersey Colours

The major colour of the team is yellow due to which the team is known as the “Yellow Army”. Orange and Blue are the other colours used in the jersey.

Theme Song

The song called “Whistle Podu”, created by the duo of musicians Aravind Murali and Jaishankar Iyer gained immense popularity in 2009 across YouTube. The popularity of the song led to it being the theme song of the team from 2009. It represents the culture of local songs and dances, practised in Chennai.

Administration and Support Staff

Owners – Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd. (India Cements)

Head Coach- Stephen Fleming

Batting Coach- Michael Hussey

Bowling Coach – Lakshmipathy Balaji

Bowling Consultant – Eric Simmons

Fielding Coach – Rajiv Kumar

Physical Trainer- Gregory King

Physio- Tommy Simsek

Team Doctor – Dr. Madhu

Logistic Manager – Sanjay Natarajan

Team Manager – Russell Radhakrishnan

High-Performance Analyst – Lakshmi Narayanan

Head Coach Record

CoachNationalityStart of TermEnd of TermTotalWonLostNRWin%
Matches
Kepler WesselsSouth AfricaApr-08Jun-081697056.25
Stephen FlemingNew ZealandApr-09Jun-091348250261.19

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