Chennai Super Kings
சென்னை சூப்பர் கிங்க்ஸ்
Coach: Stephen Fleming Captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni Colours:Founded: 2008 Home ground: M. A. Chidambaram Stadium Capacity: 50,000 Indian Premier League wins:2 (2010, 2011)Champions League T20 wins:1 (2010)
Chennai Super Kings (Tamil: சென்னை சூப்பர் கிங்ஸ்; often abbreviated as CSK) is a franchise cricket team based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu that plays in the Indian Premier League. Founded in 2008, the team is currently captained byMahendra Singh Dhoni and coached by Stephen Fleming, a former New Zealand cricketer. The team’s home ground is the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium(often referred to as Chepauk).
Chennai Super Kings are the most successful Indian franchise cricket team, having won the Indian Premier League twice and reached the play-offs every season, and winning the champions league becoming the only team to achieve both feats. The team won the tournament in succession (2010 and 2011) and were the first Indian team to have won the Champions League Twenty20. The leading run-scorer of the side is Suresh Raina, while the leading wicket-taker is Albie Morkel. The brand value of Chennai Super Kings is estimated at USD 70.16 million, making them the most valuable franchise.
The Chennai Super Kings are a part of the Indian Premier League, made up of 10 teams. It’s the most successful and consistent team in IPL history. It is also one of the teams with great batting depth. Their captain is the Indian skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The franchise is currently owned by India Cements, who paid US$91 million to acquire the rights to the franchise for 10 years in 2008. N. Srinivasan, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of India Cements Ltd., is the de facto owner of the Chennai Super Kings, by means of his position within the company. He is also the President of theBCCI.
Krishnamachari Srikkanth, former captain of the Indian cricket team and the current chairman of the National Selection Committee, was the brand ambassador for the franchise till the end of season 3 when his 3-year contract got over, and former Indian opener V. B. Chandrasekhar is the Chief Selector. To gather more support from local fans, actor Vijay and actress Nayantara were also appointed as ambassadors. Nayantara was later removed because she could not attend matches. Vijay served as the brand Ambassador till the end of the 2009 season and has been removed after that.
Chennai Super Kings playing the Kolkata Knight Riders at the M.A. Chidambaram Cricket Stadium in the 2008 Indian Premier League.
During the first player auctions for the inaugural IPL season, conducted in January 2008, the Chennai team was able to buy a number of contemporary star cricketers such as Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Matthew Hayden and Michael Hussey. The Super Kings had a solid start to the tournament by winning their first game against Kings XI Punjab scoring 240/5 which was the highest total of the tournament, a record surpassed by themselves in 2010. The Super Kings also won their next three games against Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders andRoyal Challengers Bangalore. But their winning run in the tournament took a hit when their overseas stars Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey and Jacob Oram had to leave for national duties. Their departure immediately affected their performance as the Super Kings who had won their first four games lost their next three games. The batting, although inconsistent, eventually adjusted to the losses of Hayden and Hussey with contributions from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Albie Morkel. The Super Kings despite having a roller-coaster ride in the second half managed to ensure a semi-final slot by beating the Deccan Chargers in their last league fixture.
The side had finished third at the league table with 16 points. The Chennai Super Kings played their first semi-final against the Kings XI Punjab whom they managed to defeat by 9 wickets, thus entering the final, which they lost to Rajasthan Royals by three wickets off the last ball.
The Super Kings brought English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff for $1.55 million making him the highest-paid IPL cricketer along with Kevin Pietersen of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Apart from Flintoff the Chennai Super Kings also brought Thilan Thushara, George Bailey, Murali Vijay and Shadab Jakati.
The Chennai Super Kings were defeated in their first game of the tournament by the Mumbai Indians. But they immediately bounced back by beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their next game. The Super Kings however lost against the Delhi Daredevils and Deccan Chargers with an abandoned game in between. But the Chennai Super Kings went on to win their next 5 consecutive games to get 13 points from 10 games. The Super Kings despite losing to Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders assured themselves a semi-final berth by beating the Mumbai Indians and the Kings XI Punjab.
The Super Kings finished with 17 points and earned a second place at the league table. However at the semi-finals the Super Kings’ hope of entering the final for a second time was crushed by the resurgent Royal Challengers who proceeded to play the final against the Deccan Chargers.
The Super Kings added Justin Kemp and Thissara Perera to their roster, one filling an empty slot while the other shall serve as a substitute to Andrew Flintoff, who has planned to skip that season. The Super Kings also roped in former ICL cricketer Hemang Badani and local all-rounder Ganapathy.
The Super Kings started their tournament against the defending champions, Deccan Chargers, which they lost by 31 runs. But they bounced back into the top 4 by beating the Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils. However the side witnessed a heap of defeats in their next 4 games terribly endangering their chances to the semi-finals. But the Chennai Super Kings made a decent comeback by winning their eighth and ninth games against the Royal Challengers and Rajasthan Royals with the help of two superb batting performances from Murali Vijay. His performance was supplemented by the arrival of Doug Bollinger who boosted the team’s bowling attack significantly. The Super Kings managed to win 5 of the matches played in the latter half of the season thanks to the superb bowling performance of Ravichandran Ashwin, boosting their Net Run Rate, and allowed them to qualify for the semi-finals as three other teams were tied on the same number of points.
The Super Kings defeated the Deccan Chargers at the semi-final to qualify for their second IPL final. The win also assured them a place in the Champions League Twenty20. At the IPL final the Chennai Super Kings played the Mumbai Indians and won by 22 runs to crown themselves the Champions of the tournament.
The Chennai Super Kings have retained 4 players for the 2011 Indian Premier League which include MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijayand Albie Morkel. On 8 January 2011, the Chennai Super Kings bought Doug Bollinger, Michael Hussey, Ravichandran Ashwin, Dwayne Bravo, Wriddhiman Saha, George Bailey, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sudeep Tyagi, Suraj Randiv, Ben Hilfenhaus and Francois du Plessis in the IPL Player Auction for the fourth edition, looking to retain the same core team that performed for them from 2008 to 2010. Also after the World Cup, Chennai Super Kings signed New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee as a replacement to the injured Ben Hilfenhaus after his stellar 18 wicket tournament.
The Super Kings started their IPL 2011 campaign with a thrilling win against Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai by just 2 runs but lost their next game to the Kings XI Punjab after a stellar innings by Paul Valthaty.Michael Hussey’s unbeaten 83 helped them to defeat the Royal Challengers Bangalore before losing to the Kochi Tuskers Kerala in a rain affected match at the latter’s home ground. This match was followed by another thriller against Mumbai Indians in which the latter took the game away with a brilliant bowling and fielding display.But they won their next two matches against Pune Warriors India both, home and away. Marking their fourth win in the series thanks to a brilliant spell of 3–21 by man of the match Doug Bollinger and a match winning partnership between Subramaniam Badrinath and Suresh Raina.They had their third straight win against the Deccan Chargers , thanks to the all-rounded effort by Albie Morkel taking three crucial wickets for 38 and scoring 19 of just 6 deliveries at a Strike rate of 317. They had their fifth straight home victory against the Rajasthan Royals.Chasing a modest target of 148 , Michael Hussey striking again with the bat scoring 79* off just 55 balls taking his side to a comfortable 8-wicket win against the royals. This was followed by a defeat to the Kolkata Knight Riders in a rain-affected match at the Eden Gardens.Then two days later, the batting came good in a crucial game against the Rajasthan Royals which they won comprehensively by 63 runs. The Chennai Super Kings extended their home record by defeating the Delhi Daredevils and moving to the top of the table. The Super Kings played their last home game against the Kochi Tuskers Kerala which they won by eleven runs.With this win The Super Kings created a new record in the history of the Indian Premier League by winning all matches played at their home venue which no other team has previously achieved. They finished second in the points table despite their loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their final league game.They won against RCB in the first Qualifier thus making it straight to the Finals. This was the 3rd time in 4 seasons that they have entered the finals in the IPL tournament. They met the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the final where they won very comfortably and crowned champions for the second time in the tournament and become the first team to win at home. Murali Vijay was declared the Man of the Match for his match-winning innings that helped Chennai to post a big total.
- Owner – India Cements Ltd.
- Chief Selector – V. B. Chandrasekhar
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- 33 Subramaniam Badrinath
- 05 George Bailey
- 48 Michael Hussey
- 90 Abhinav Mukund
- 03 Suresh Raina
- 77 Anirudha Srikkanth
- 35 Kuthethurshri Vasudevadas
- 08 Murali Vijay
- 47 Dwayne Bravo
- 13 Faf du Plessis
- 81 Albie Morkel
- 56 Scott Styris
- — Ganapathi Vignesh
- 07 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain)
- 06 Wriddhiman Saha
- 99 Ravichandran Ashwin
- 04 Doug Bollinger
- 27 Shadab Jakati
- 92 Nuwan Kulasekara
- 88 Suraj Randiv
- 23 Joginder Sharma
- 38 Tim Southee
- 17 Sudeep Tyagi
- — Yo Mahesh
- Coach : Stephen Fleming
- Captain : Mahendra Singh Dhoni
- Fielding Coach : Steve Rixon
- Bowling Coach : Andy Bichel
- Physical Trainer : Gregory King
- Physiotherapist : Tommy Simsek
- Manager : Radha Krishnan
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