The much-excited Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction 2018 have finished last week which saw many expensive buys, while some caped-or-uncapped players across the world unsold during the auction in Bengaluru. After the conclusion of the two-day mega IPL auction, all eight franchisees must be happy with the work that they have done throughout the auction.
While Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are returning to the IPL folds with the upcoming 11th edition of the lucrative T20 league along with Rajasthan Royals (RR) after serving two-years ban.
It is known that the South Indian IPL franchise believed in building their core first, as CSK have retained their star players –MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, while they have picked up total 22 players during the auction in Bengaluru for the upcoming season.
However, as always, the strengths and weaknesses of new squads gathered by the franchisees have been debated and often caused banter on the social media. But it was –CSK, whose player selection strategy for IPL 2018 was highly trolled by fans on Twitter.
Here is the complete squad: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Faf Du Plessis, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Lungisani Ngidi, Asif K M, N Jagadeesan, Kanishk Seth, Monu Singh, Dhruv Shorey, Kshitiz Sharma, Chaitanya Bishnoi
Actually, there are most players bought by CSK were over the age of 30, which left fans for a lighthearted take on their selection strategy.
Have a look here:
Dear Super Fans, thank you for all the patience, prayers, roars and whistles in the past two days! Just like all our matches, it was a nail-biting finish. Presenting the #PrideOf18. Here's wishing them a roaring summer ahead!???????????? #NewTeamSamePride #WhistlePodu #SummerIsComing pic.twitter.com/zqTXa3ZFTm— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 28, 2018