ALL TIME CSK XI
VB Chandrasekhar, the former India batsman and national selector, was a key member of the Chennai Super Kings think tank in the franchise’s early years.
Popularly known as VB in cricket circles, Chandrasekhar, who turned out for Tamil Nadu and later Goa with distinction in domestic cricket, was regarded as a shrewd skipper and remains a keen student of the game.
CSK triumphed in 2010 and 2011, finished runners-up on four occasions and qualified to the Playoffs in all eight seasons to emerge as one of the most decorated sides in the opening decade of the Indian Premier League. The Lions also won the Champions League Twenty20 twice.
CSK’s overall win percentage in the IPL stands at an impressive 60.68%.
VB picked his all time CSK XI saying, “If the players are fully fit and on top of their game, this one would be tough to beat.”
1 Matthew Hayden (Orange Cap winner in 2009)
2 Michael Hussey (Orange Cap winner in 2013)
3 Suresh Raina (top run-getter for CSK with 3699 runs)
4 Subramaniam Badrinath
5 MS Dhoni (captain, wicket-keeper)
6 Dwayne Bravo (Purple Cap winner in 2013 & 2015)
7 Ravichandran Ashwin (top wicket-taker for CSK with 90 scalps)
8 Ravindra Jadeja
9 MS Gony
10 Muttiah Muralitharan
11 Ashish Nehra
“Taking into consideration the four overseas player restriction, I’ll go with the Australian pair of Hayden and Hussey as my openers – Haydos for his power-hitting and Hussey for the structuring that he brings to the innings.
“Raina is at No 3 as he does both, and provides impetus to the innings in the middle overs.
“Given that the top 3 are left-handers, it’s Dhoni at No 4, depending on the situation, or it could be the floater Badrinath, followed by Bravo.
“In Ashwin, Jadeja, Gony, Muralitharan and Nehra – not to forget Bravo – I have a varied and incisive attack that, when on song, most sides would struggle against.
“I would have ideally liked to pick Andrew Flintoff but in subcontinent conditions going in with Murali seems a better option as I’d push in one over from Murali early on to hold one back from Ashwin for the death.
“I could open the attack with Ashwin and Nehra and go through the middle overs with Gony, Jadeja and Murali and again in Nehra and Bravo I have death overs specialists.
“And in Dhoni I got a world-class three-dimensional cricketer – wicket-keeper, batsman and inspiring leader. Naturally, he will be captaining my all time CSK XI.”