IPL 2019 Preview: Chennai Super Kings

They are the most successful franchise in the history of the Indian Premier League. And when the tournament returns in 2019, Chennai Super Kings will go in as defending champions. With MS Dhoni in charge for much of their existence, CSK’s success has been built around the best domestic Indian players, along with some shrewd overseas purchases.

With the auction complete, cricket fans are now waiting for the start of IPL 12. But what can we look forward to from the men in yellow this time around?

What are the Chennai Super Kings odds to win the 2019 IPL title?

The IPL 2019 odds currently show the Super Kings to be second favourites for the outright win at a price of 4.00 with Betway. That figure puts the defending champions just behind the Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, there will be plenty of support for a team who returned from exile to claim their third Indian Premier League title in 2018.

Its big squad contains many of the players who claimed that title twelve months ago. Therefore, the Chennai Super Kings have received plenty of money bets this time around. When we look at the quality of this squad, it’s easy to see why.

Chennai Super Kings

Who are the best players on the Super Kings squad?

Followers of the IPL and of online cricket betting in general will be very familiar with some of the names in this CSK squad. Many have been with the team for all of their title successes. This includes MS Dhoni, who will lead the side once again.

Dhoni is 37 now. But MSD showed in the recent ODI series between India and Australia that he is still a force in World Cricket.

Expected to score heavily in the Powerplay are top order features Murali Vijay and Ambati Rayudu. Following them is a more recent purchase, namely Suresh Raina, the most prolific batter in the side. Then comes the Aussie, Shane Watson, who made his name with other franchises. Nevertheless, Watson has crossed to the Chennai Super Kings with great success. In fact, Watson scored two of the five individual centuries at IPL 2018.

Great bowling at the death has accounted for much of CSK’s success over the years. Dwayne Bravo returning for 2019 will thus please fans. The West Indian is handy with the bat, too. But his displays with the ball in the late overs will be crucial.

Chennai can add the pace of Mohit Sharma and Lungi Ngidi to their attack. However, they traditionally have always fielded the best spin attack in the IPL. R Ashwin may have left, but Ravi Jadeja remains. Joining him in 2019 will be Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir.

That’s a very impressive squad and it’s easy to see why. For those taking an IPL Satta online, 2019 holds a lot of possibilities for CSK fans. The IPL 2019 odds show the Super Kings to have a strong chance. They also have options in the individual markets, too. Bettors will be looking at Watson, Raina and others in the online cricket betting markets for top batsman. Meanwhile, Bravo and Jadeja lead the way for top bowler.

Who are the highest paid players in the Super Kings squad?

Overseas players cost a fortune at the auction. Nonetheless, domestic Indian players are actually the highest earners in this Chennai Super Kings squad. MS Dhoni leads the way with a salary of $2.1 million, followed by Suresh Raina at $1.5 million. Kedar Jadhav just gets into seven figures at $1.1 million, while Ravindra Jadeja comes in at just above $974,000.

The first overseas player then completes the list of high earners. Dwayne Bravo is a long-time member of the squad and the West Indian claims a salary of $890,000.

Chennai Super Kings History

CSK were one of the original franchises that competed in the first-ever Indian Premier League back in 2008. MS Dhoni was with the team right from the start, and at the 2008 auction, the owners went big to sign star overseas players. These included Stephen Fleming, Matthew Hayden, Muttiah Muralitharan and Michael Hussey.

The Chennai Super Kings management also had some of the best stars of Indian cricket. Still, they had to wait until 2010 before claiming their first IPL title. An impressive campaign was concluded in the final when 57 from Suresh Raina helped CSK to defeat Mumbai Indians by 22 runs.

Chennai were known at this point as the strongest team in the league and the franchise continually topped the IPL betting markets. 2011 was another successful year as the Super Kings defended their title. Murali Vijay’s brilliant 95 helped the side to overcome RCB by the wide margin of 58 runs.

CSK continually made the playoffs from this point, but they couldn’t quite add to their title. And there were less happy times around the corner. CSK fell foul of regulations as a result of a match fixing probe. They subsequently received a ban from the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Indian Premier League.

2018 saw the return of Chennai Super Kings to the IPL. And many of their original players returned from the temporary Gujarat and Pune franchises. Some new faces were added too, but fans didn’t really know what to expect after a two-year absence. There was, however, some support for CSK in matka gambling markets. And that faith was to be justified.

MS Dhoni’s men finished level on points with the Sunrisers and were second to SRH on net run rate. From there, the Super Kings progressed to the final. There we witnessed one of the best individual displays in the history of the tournament.

CSK faced the Sunrisers with SRH taking first knock and posting a respectable 178/6. Chennai were in a little trouble at 16/1, but Shane Watson then blitzed 117 from 57 balls to take his side to their third title. It was a great comeback. And with a settled side heading into 2019, there should be more to come.

Notable Player Movement

The Chennai Super Kings were not the most active franchise at the 2019 auction. There were some notable player movements, though. England fast bowler Mark Wood failed to impress at IPL 11. While he was not retained, most of the squad that won the tournament were kept.

CSK’s owners then bought Mohit Sharma, who returns to the franchise after a spell with Kings XI Punjab. Elsewhere, 20-year-old Ruturaj Gaikwad makes his debut in the tournament. Otherwise, this is a very familiar squad.

Season by Season Record

Here is Chennai Super Kings’ record in the Indian Premier League since the competition began in 2008.

2008: Beaten Finalists
2009: Beaten Semi Finalists
2010: Winners
2011: Winners
2012: Beaten Finalists
2013: Beaten Finalists
2014: Knockout Stage
2015: Beaten Finalist
2016: Did Not Compete
2017: Did Not Compete
2018: Winners

Notable Facts About the Chennai Super Kings

All of the following statistics are as of the conclusion of IPL 2018.

Who are the Owners of the Chennai Super Kings?

The new franchises were established at the start of the IPL in 2008. At that time, India Cements acquired the rights to the Chennai Super Kings for ten years.

As the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of that firm, former ICC Chairman N Srinivasan was therefore installed as the de facto owner of CSK. An amendment followed later when Chennai were transferred to a company referred to as Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd.

Where do Super Kings play?

CSK have a loyal home support, giving the side a boost in the IPL betting markets. Their regular home is the historic M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, which is known by all supporters and cricket fans as the Chepauk. It is a great ground, founded in 1916, and it can hold up to 50,000 Super Kings supporters.

At times, Chennai have been forced to host matches away from the Chepauk, usually for political reasons. In 2014, Chennai Super Kings had to play all their home games in Ranchi because of problems with the Tamil Nadu Government. Later, at the 2018 IPL, similar issues meant that CSK were forced to play their final six home games in Pune.

Chennai Super Kings 2019 IPL complete fixture list

Date/Time Match Number Opponent Home/Away Venue
Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 (Evening) 1 Royal Challengers Bangalore Home M.A. Chidambaram
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 (Evening) 5 Delhi Capitals Away Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Sunday, March 31st, 2019 (Evening) 12 Rajasthan Royals Home M.A. Chidambaram
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 (Evening) 15 Mumbai Away Wankhede Stadium

Projected 2019 starting line up

Guaranteed a place in this side are a number of players. Assuming, of course, they stay clear of injury. Meanwhile, others will appear on a rotating basis. The top order is assured. There are also certain bowling places that we can ink in for the start of the competition. Looking at the roster, those looking for IPL betting online might want to see the following:

1. Murali Vijay
2. Ambati Rayudu
3. Suresh Raina
4. Shane Watson
5. MS Dhoni
6. Kedar Jadhav
7. Dwayne Bravo
8. Ravi Jadeja
9. Mitchell Santner
10. Mohit Sharma
11. Imran Tahir

Team Strengths

The Chennai Super Kings have an impressive spin attack. Ravi Jadeja is the key here, and CSK have the option to include both Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner and Imran Tahir if they wish. Dwayne Bravo then steps in at the end to make Chennai one of the strongest teams at the death.

Batting has to be considered a strength, too. Especially with those established openers followed by the power hitting of Watson and Dhoni. That’s a good all-round package. And one that has made the Super Kings so successful over the years.

Team Weaknesses

It’s really hard to find a weakness in this team. Perhaps the lack of pace at the start of an innings could count against the Chennai Super Kings. CSK have Lungi Ngidi, but it’s going to be hard to get him in the starting XI. And in the early overs, opposition teams will look to target the opening attack.

The batting depth is strong but it can end with Dhoni. So on those rare occasions when there is a collapse, numbers six onwards need to step up.

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