Chennai Super Kings had already spent a substantial amount of money in retaining their core group. So, they just had 21 crore rupees in their purse going into the auction, but, even with that limited budget, they managed to buy decent players and ended up forming a very formidable group.
Foreign players bought in the auction
Faf Du Plessis (South Africa), Brendon McCullum, Matt Henry (both New Zealand), Dwayne Smith (West Indies), Ben Hilfenhaus, John Hastings (both Australia), Samuel Badree (West Indies)
Indian players bought in the auction
Mohit Sharma, Ronit More, Ashish Nehra, Vijay Shankar, Ishwar Pandey, Baba Aparajith, Mithun Manhas, Pawan Negi
Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (All India), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)
Right to Match Card
CSK had only one Right to Match Card available and they were likely to use that for Michael Hussey who had been very successful for them over the years, but, surprising everybody, they used the card for Faf Du Plessis.
Batting has always been this team’s strength and looks like it still is with the kind of players they have bought. There are destructive players for each and every position in the new CSK squad. Also, with R Jadeja and R Ashwin there, the spin department looks quite compact too.
Fast bowling is something in which the Super Kings don’t seem to be that strong. Most of the quicks that they have got are swing bowlers, so, it won’t be easy for them to bowl in the death.
Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Faf Du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (C/WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma