Mahendra Singh Dhoni returns to lead the Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming 2018 VIVO Indian Premier League season after the talisman was retained by the much-decorated Chennai franchise along with Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday.
Dhoni captained CSK in all eight seasons in the opening decade of the IPL while southpaw Raina did not miss even a single game during the same period and remains the Lions’ highest run-getter. Jadeja was a part of the Yellow brigade between 2012 and 2015.
CSK can now exercise up to two Right To Match cards at the Player auction to be held in Bengaluru on Jan 27 and 28 and the player pool available to them for RTM will be those who played for them in IPL 2015 and who were a part of RPS and GL squads in IPL 2017.
“Dhoni was always the first choice for retention,” said K George John, Director, Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited. “Raina is the best batsman and the highest run-getter in the IPL and Jadeja is a multi-skilled player and lends balance to the side,” he added.
CSK emerged as one of the most decorated teams in the opening decade of the IPL by winning the title twice, finishing runners-up on four occasions and qualifying to the Playoffs in all eight seasons that they featured in.
Former India skipper Dhoni holds an impressive 60.93 % win as CSK captain in the IPL and with 2,987 runs is only second behind Raina (3,699) in the all time list of run-getters for the Lions. All-rounder Jadeja has scored 670 runs and taken 55 wickets.
What our Lions said:
– “CSK is very special and I think we have done pretty well in Yellow. The crowds and fans have been fantastic in Chennai and have always given me and the team unconditional love and support. Chennai, I always say, is my second home.”
– “Vanakkam Chennai! Good to be back to CSK after two years. And, looking forward to playing in front of my beautiful crowd and knowledgeable crowd, what I’ve missed the last two years. See you out there, in Chepauk Stadium.
– “Hi guys, I’m really excited and very happy to be a part of the CSK team again. So, hopefully guys, you enjoy our action and we will try and win as many games as (possible) for CSK. Whistle Podu!