Post the IPL 2018 auctions, the franchises have a new look to their team with many new faces coming up and some old veteran players to represent their local franchise. With the 11th edition of Indian Premier League to start off in April, team Circle of Cricket gets down to list the key players from Chennai Super Kings squad who can make a difference with their performance this year.
The team which won Indian Premier League twice under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni is making their way back after two years of suspension. Their return has added life to the tournament considering they are among the top teams of IPL. They have been one of the most balanced sides with having T20 specialists in every department. Chennai has always managed to keep their winning percentage in all the seasons above 50%.
Suresh Raina who was retained by Chennai Super Kings will once again roar in yellow jersey this IPL. Raina who has an immense amount of quality proves himself to be one of the most important and a key player in the team. Suresh is also the leading run scorer of IPL leaving behind Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
One thing that has made Suresh Raina one of the dominant players of Chennai is he has always managed to score more than 350 runs in the tournament. All Chennai will ever need is Suresh Raina's form and fitness to perform in the competition.
Raina will have Murali Vijay at the top order who was also brought back in the franchise after many years. Murali Vijay has also scored most of his runs for Chennai as he will be determined to represent CSK in IPL 2018.
The most exciting all-rounder in the Indian Premier League who has always made it so hard for his opposition to playing. Dwayne Bravo adds up three essential qualities in Chennai Super Kings which are Batting, Bowling and Fielding.
Bravo who also has backed one purple cap to his name in IPL 2013 can be handy and a deadly bowler in the death bowlers. The team of Chennai will be relying on Bravo's form to win this year IPL.
The captain and the most loved player of the tournament Mahendra Singh Dhoni will also be there to rescue his team out of stressful and intense situations. Dhoni who has led this team to win IPL two times will play all his cards to make it count for the third time. Dhoni's presence will be very advantageous for the franchise as he is a real leader who will only motivate young players to perform in critical moments.
Harbhajan Singh who made his way into the franchise for INR 2 crore will also explain his worth to the team. The player who was earlier in Mumbai Indians will now bowl his doosras for Super Kings of Chennai. What IPL will also witness is two of India's most popular players playing for the same franchise.
Harbhajan Singh has enough experience and skills to take down early wickets as he has done earlier in his life. Ravindra Jadeja the left arm spinner will join Harbhajan Singh in CSK's bowling unit. Both the players can be equally destructive in the match with the similar amount of calibre and match-winning ability.
The players listed above, form the core strength of the franchise and have the ability to win matches for the team. It will be great to see how each one of them performs under Stephen Fleming who is the coach of Chennai Super Kings.
Apart from these key players the man who will be the most important behind Chennai's performance in the season is their mercurial and charismatic skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. How he leads his lead from behind the wickets and with the willow will be an interesting watch. Post his success in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup which he won, it is very much his performance and leadership in IPL which has made MSD the successful skipper that he is today. That he will be at the core of everything that happens on the pitch is for certain.
CSK thus with a power-packed squad with MS Dhoni at the helm with stake yet another claim at the season title.