Chennai Super Kings took home a 25-member squad from the two-day 2018 VIVO Player auction which concluded in Bengaluru on Sunday and this included smart purchases on day two of South Africa tearaway Lungi Ngidi, England quick Mark Wood, India pacer Shardul Thakur and homeboy Murali Vijay.
After exercising the Right to Match cards for Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis, the two-time IPL champions picked world class spinners and top all-rounders on day one of the auction, piecing together their core players as well as bringing on board Shane Watson and Kedar Jadhav.
On Sunday, the much-decorated franchise, which had previously retained talisman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, bought 14 players with the focus being on pace bowlers, top-order batsmen and in picking up some very promising uncapped domestic talent.
The Lions bought Vijay at his base price of Rs 2 crore after the opener came up for re-auction. Vijay had previously donned the Yellow between 2009 and 2013, scoring 1600 runs.
Thakur, currently in South Africa with the Indian limited-overs side, was bought at Rs 2.60 crore while Wood and Ngidi were acquired at their base price of Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 50 lakh respectively.
CSK also picked up bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner at his base price of Rs 50 lakh and the Kiwi is a first-timer in the IPL like Wood and Ngidi.
Another impressive buy was that of exciting England wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings at his base price of Rs 1 crore.
The squad comprises eight batsmen, seven all-rounders and 10 bowlers, with the eight overseas players spread across.
Narayan Jagadeesan, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar Singh and Chaitanya Bishnoi are the uncapped domestic picks.
Apart from bagging the IPL twice, CSK also finished runners-up on four occasions and qualified to the Playoffs in all eight seasons between 2008 and 2015.
MS Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Narayan Jagadeesan, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Singh & Chaitanya Bishnoi.