Chennai Super Kings Team : All You Need To Know About The Men in Yellow

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The Men in Yellow are all set for the IPL 2019 action

The Chennai Super Kings team can safely be called the Indian Premier Leagues’ most successful teams. The Men in Yellow have successfully lifted the IPL title on three occasions (2010, 2014, 2018) apart from winning the Champions League T20 twice (2010, 2014). Skipper MS Dhoni remains the poster boy of CSK, with Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, and Dwayne Bravo being the other important players.

About Chennai Super Kings Team


OwnerN Srinivasan
CaptainMS Dhoni
CoachStephen Fleming
Year Established2008
CSK Net Worth$65 million (~₹461 crore)


CSK Team 2019

MS DhoniWicket Keeper / BatsmanIndia₹ 15 crore
Suresh RainaBatsmanIndia₹ 11 crore
Dwayne BravoAll-rounderWest Indies₹ 6.4 crore
Francois Du PlessisBatsmanSouth Africa₹ 1.6 crore
Ravindra JadejaAll-rounderIndia₹ 7 crore
Shane WatsonAll-rounderAustralia₹ 4 crore
Ambati RayuduWicket-Keeper / BatsmanIndia₹ 2.2 crore
Murali VijayBatsmanIndia₹ 2 crore
Harbhajan SinghBowlerIndia₹ 2 crore
Kedar JadhavAll-rounderIndia₹ 7.8 crore
Karn SharmaAll-rounderIndia₹ 5 crore
Imran TahirBowlerSouth Africa₹ 1 crore
Deepak ChaharBowlerIndia₹ 80 lakh
Shardul ThakurBowlerIndia₹ 5 crore
Mohit SharmaBowlerIndia₹ 5 crore
David WilleyAll-rounderEngland₹ 2 crore
Lungisani NgidiBowlerSouth Africa₹ 50 lakh
Mitchell SantnerAll-rounderNew Zealand₹ 15 crore
Sam BillingsBatsmanEngland₹ 1 crore
Jagadeesan NBatsmanIndia₹ 20 lakh
Dhruv ShoreBatsmanIndia₹ 20 lakh
Km AsifBowlerIndia₹ 40 lakh
Monu KumarBowlerIndia₹ 20 lakh
Chaitanya BishnoiAll-rounderIndia₹ 20 lakh
Ruturaj GaikwadBatsmanIndia₹ 20 lakh


Chennai Super Kings History:


IPL’s concept was relatively new for everyone. Even the idea of T20 cricket hadn’t sunk in the viewers. In January 2008, the first auctions took place. MS Dhoni became the costliest player in the auction for 1.5 million dollars. CSK bought experienced foreign players like Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey, Muttiah Muralitharan, Stephen Fleming along with the Indian core.

They played their first game on 19 April 2008 against Kings XI Punjab. The Super Kings posted 240/5 in 20 overs and won the game by 33 runs. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni led side reached the finals but ultimately lost to Shane Warne’s Rajasthan Royals.

Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo are still a part of the side and even if they some lost players, they found like for like replacements such as Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh. One cannot doubt the leadership qualities of cool-headed MS Dhoni who have been responsible for lifting the IPL trophy thrice, first in 2010 and in 2011 and 2018 respectively. The Super Kings have also won the Champions League T20 twice, in 2010 and 2014.

CSK Team Performance


2009 IPL

In 2009, CSK bought English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff for a whopping amount of 1.55 million dollars. However, he played only 3 matches and got injured. The IPL was shifted to South Africa due to the General Elections and the Super Kings reached the semifinals but couldn’t make it to the finals for the second time. The Anil Kumble led Royal Challengers Bangalore beat them in the semifinals. Matthew Hayden was adjusted the player of the season for his 572 runs in 12 innings.

CSK’s 1st Win in IPL

CSK had a meek start to the 2010 season, winning only 2 out off 7 games. Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina’s immense contributions made them win the next 4 games out of 5.  On the back of an inspired spell from Doug Bollinger of 4 for 13 in four overs, they defeated Deccan Chargers in the semifinals. CSK also went on to win the finals against Mumbai Indians by 22 runs.

The 2011 Victory

The Chennai Franchise retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay and Albie Morkel for 2011 season and bought back Mike Hussey, R Ashwin, Doug Bollinger and Subramaniam Badrinath at the auctions.  In the qualifying final, CSK faced Royal Challengers Bangalore and won by 6 wickets. However, Bangalore entered the finals again as the teams that finish at the top two spots get two chances to qualify. But, it was CSK again that took away the cake.

The Disappointing 2012

Ravindra Jadeja was added to CSK for an outstanding sum of 2 million dollars. It was again a slow start for the Super Kings but they picked up their pace in the later half of the 2012 tournament. CSK had to face the revamped Kolkata Knight Riders led by Gautam Gambhir in the finals. They set a target of 191 but Knight Riders chased it down with 2 balls and 5 wickets left.

Unfortunate 2013-2017

CSK again made it to the finals in 2013, topping the table for the first time in six years. They also equalled Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 2011 record of 7 wins on a trot. In the first qualifier, they beat Mumbai Indians but had to play the same team again in the finals.

Mumbai Indians made 148/9 in their 20 overs. In reply, the Super Kings were reduced to 39/6 at one stage before an unbeaten half-century from skipper Dhoni took them close to the target. However, Mumbai Indians won the match by 23 runs to win their first ever IPL title.

In 2014, before the players’ mega-auction, Chennai retained Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin and Bravo. At the auction, they bought Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma among others. CSK finished third in the points table and qualified for the Eliminator against the fourth-placed Mumbai Indians. They won the eliminator and went on to play the qualifier against Kings XI Punjab. Punjab went on to score 226/6 in their 20 overs.

The Super Kings, in reply, could manage only 202/7 and were crashed out of the tournament. In 2015, the lost in the finals to Mumbai Indians. The team was banned for two years – 2016 and 2017.

CSK’s Powerful Comeback in 2018


The MS Dhoni-led side CSK made a comeback in 2018, retaining the core of the team. The league stage ended with the Super Kings in second place behind the Sunrisers Hyderabad. CSK faced Sunrisers in both the qualifier and the final, winning both times and lifting the trophy for the third time.

Chennai Super Kings Franchise:

The Chennai franchise is owned by India Cements for 91 million dollars which makes it the fourth most expensive team in the league behind Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Former ICC Chairman N Srinivasan is the owner of the side as he was the managing director of India Cements Ltd.


However, the franchise was transferred to a separate entity named Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd, after the Supreme Court of India struck down the controversial amendment that allowed board officials to have a commercial interest in the IPL and Champions League T20.

In May 2013, Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of Srinivasan, was arrested on charges of placing bets on IPL matches. In February 2014, the three-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India enquired into the betting case indicted Meiyappan for illegal betting during the 2013 IPL and the team was banned for a couple of years – 2016 and 2017 respectively. The ban was lifted and the team returned in 2018.

Chennai Super Kings Sponsors:


1.The Muthoot Group

2.Hyderabad Industries Limited

3.British Empire

4. Act Fibernet

5. Gulf oil

6. Nippon Paint

7. Jio

8. Frooti

9. Peter England

10. India Cements

11. Duroflex Mattresses

12. Khadim’s

13. Seven


Chennai Super Kings Awards and Achievements:


1.Fair Play Award 2008

2. Winner IPL 2010

3.Fair Play Award 2010

4.Winner Champions League T20 2010

5.Winner IPL 2011

6. Fair Play Award 2011

7. Fair Play Award 2013

8. Fair Play Award 2014

9. Winner Champions League T20 2014

10. Fair Play Award 2015

11. Winner IPL 2018


#WhistlePodu: CSK Theme Song 2019


As the league is just under two weeks away, teams and broadcasters have started to prepare content in the build-up to the highly anticipated tournament. And this time, Suresh Raina himself recorded the team’s theme song, much to the excitement of the supporters.

Raina was trying to blow few whistles as per the tune of their theme song, which has gained a lot of popularity since CSK’s comeback in 2018. The song is not only famous across the country, but also within the stadiums and the Chennai team itself.

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The whistlemax #ChinnaThala you just can’t get enough of! #WhistlePodu #YelloveAgain 😍🦁💛

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