The Lions of Tamil Nadu who have tasted the most success in the IPL history with winning three IPL trophies and are also entitled as Champions League T20 winners twice in 2010 and 2014. They are the toughest team to beat on the field in IPL and holds the most win percentage (61.56) than any other franchise.
They were suspended along with Rajasthan Royals for two years from July 2015 for the involvement of their owners in betting. They came back last season in 2018 and won the title straight away equalizing Mumbai Indians 3 titles.
MS Dhoni also well known as Captain Cool leads the team since the inaugural season of IPL and has almost 30+ aged players in the squad, where no one had imagined that this team would take the Cup from other groups who seemed better than them on paper.
Csk has a huge fan based all over the world especially from South India where fans are so crazy for their matches.
Last year when the matches of CSK had shifted from Chennai to Pune, an entire train filled with all CSK fans boarded from Chennai Central to Pune Junction and the train was named “Whistle Podu” the official chant for cheering Chennai Super Kings.
After winning the 2018 IPL, CSK almost retained their 23 players in their squad and released only three players those were Mark Wood, Kanishk Seth, and Kshitiz Sharma. In the auction for 2019, they need not spend too much money on buying players as they bought back Mohit Sharma for five crores who started his IPL career for the same franchise earlier and an uncapped player Ruturaj Gaikwad on his base price, i.e. 20 lakhs.
Key Players to watch out:-
The only team to have 7 final appearances in IPL in the nine editions they have played and always manage to book their berth in the IPL Playoffs. Let us go through 5 predicted CSK players responsible for their upcoming matches in 2019.
1) Suresh Raina
The Mr.IPL who is all-time highest run-scorer in 11 editions of IPL with 4985 runs which include 35 fifties and one century. He has played big knocks for CSK in their big games and was also the player of the match in the 2010 IPL finals as he hammered quickfire 57 from just 35 deliveries.
He comes in to bat at No 3 and loves to play the pull-shot whenever he faces a bouncer delivery. He is only 15 runs away to become the first player to complete 5000 IPL runs. Our IPL match predictions say that he will complete his 5000 runs in the first match itself.
2) Shane Watson
The Sydney Thunder captain who recently made a century in the ongoing Big Bash League against Brisbane Heat becoming the first batsman to do so this season so far.
Our Cricket match predictions suggest he will at least score one century this season.
The Australian all-rounder played his first season for the Super Kings last year and played a match-winning knock in the finals as he went on to attack the most potent bowling unit of IPl the Sunrisers.
He smashed 11 sixes and 8 fours to help him get a score of 117 and remained unbeaten taking CSK to hold the Cup for the 3rd time.
3) MS Dhoni
The 37-year old who holds too many records next to his name is the chief architect for the massive success of Chennai Super Kings all these years. Last season he made 455 runs in 15 Innings with the strike rate of 150.66.
The Captain cool looks in good form these days as he made back to back 50’s against Australia in the current One-Day series. He is known as one of the best finishers in the World by many cricketers and fans. He has also finished for both CSK and India on many occasions.
He will be the key for his team especially in the death overs, he will be the leading wicketkeeper to make the most number of dismissals according to our match predictions astrology.
4) Ambati Rayudu
The speciality of this batsman is that he can bat on any position you ask him to bat and he won’t disappoint you, as last year we could see him open the innings with Watson and also bat at No.4 whenever required and made runs consistently and ended up being the highest run scorer for his team. This year he is expected to repeat the performance once more to get the Yellow Lions another title.
5) DJ Bravo.
The West Indian all-rounder is the highest wicket-taker for Super Kings and is used by MS Dhoni mostly during death overs as he generates wickets with his slower deliveries where he asks the batsman to hit in the air to fall in his trap. He has been the Purple cap holder twice in 2013 and 2015 with 32 and 24 wickets respectively.
Bravo also adds with his batting skills in the CSK line-up, as last season we had seen an unimaginable knock against Mumbai Indians in the opening game, at a time CSK were 119/8 in 17 overs still requiring 47 runs off 18 deliveries. Our match predictions our that Bravo will take more than 20 wickets and will be in the top 10 list for wicket-takers.
Bravo stood calm and bolted and presented a one-man show by going after Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah in the death overs and brought the game back to CSK’s favour.