Can Dhoni’s CSK bounce back this year?

Chennai Super Kings will be determined to erase their IPL 2020 nightmare when they failed to make it to the IPL play-offs for the first time.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s CSK opens its campaign by taking on Delhi Capitals in Mumbai on April 10.

The return of veteran Suresh Raina adds to the experience in the CSK batting department, which also boasts seasoned campaigners like Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, new recruit Moeen Ali and the young Ruturaj Gaikwad.

With the likes of pacers Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran and Deepak Chahar in the line-up, CSK also have a decent fast bowling unit.

CSK also have a capable spin department in Mitchell Santner, Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, and Moeen along with the uncapped Krishnappa Gowtham and R Sai Kishore among others.

A look at the CSK’s IPL records:


Note: The players in bold are overseas players

Josh Hazlewood, who was in the squad, has withdrawn from this year’s IPL

Players bought at this year’s IPL auction:

Cheteshwar Pujara
C Hari Nishaanth
Moeen Ali
Bhagath Varma
Harishankar Reddy
Krishnappa Gowtham

Note: Robin Uthappa was bought in the trading window before the IPL auction.

Overall win-loss record in IPL:

Note: The win/loss tally includes results in Super Over after a tie

Best finish in IPL:

Champions in 2010, 2011 and 2018.

How they fared in each edition:

Top batsmen:

Top bowlers:

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