Chennai Super Kings: IPL 2019 Team Profile

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:02 AM UTC

Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019 5:02 AM UTC

The Super Kings are the team everybody fears. Can they extend their extraordinary record and claim another IPL title or will an ageing squad crumble?

<h2><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Chennai Super Kings 2019 Team Profile</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Coach:</strong> Stephen Fleming<br /><strong>Captain: </strong>MS Dhoni<br /><strong>IPL title wins:</strong> 3<br /><strong>IPL play-off appearances:</strong> 9<br /><strong>IPL title odds:</strong> 11/2 (6.5)</span></span></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">The team to beat</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Chennai won a surprise title last year after a two-year ban for corruption. It meant they are now the most decorated IPL side alongside Mumbai Indians with three wins apiece. They have never failed to make it to the last four and have been runners-up four times. They are remarkably consistent and have retained faith with a core group of players down the years.</span></span></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Dhoni the deity</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Super Kings are led by MS Dhoni, a God in India. Second only to Sachin Tendulkar in terms of popularity, Dhoni is so revered that even the opposition fans cheer him. He exudes calm and has an extraordinary ability to win his team matches from impossible positions. Despite the batting talent they have up front Dhoni will be the most prized wicket.</span></span></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Powered by English talent</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">One criticism of Super Kings is that they have been too reliant on players who are getting a bit long in the tooth. So it would be smart for them to start blooding more youthful players. Step forward Sam Billings and David Willey. Both England internationals, the pair razed West Indies on the recent T20 tour. Billings’s hard hitting and Willey’s pace bowling could keep the momentum going.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><img alt src="" style="width:600px;height:450px;" /></span></span></p><h2><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Chennai Super Kings Squad 2019 breakdown</span></span></h2><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Openers:</strong> Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Murali Vijay<br /><strong>Middle-order Batsmen:</strong> Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, Rutaraj Gaikwad<br /><strong>Wicketkeepers:</strong> MS Dhoni, N Jagadeesan<br /><strong>Allrounders:</strong> Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Monu Kumar, David Willey<br /><strong>Wristspinners:</strong> Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir<br /><strong>Fingerspinners: </strong>Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner<br /><strong>Fast Bowlers:</strong> Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Mohit Sharma</span></span></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Read More:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank" title="Full IPL 2019 Betting Guide">Full IPL 2019 Betting Guide</a></span></span></p><h2><span style="font-size:18px;">Related articles:</span></h2><ul> <li><strong><a data-reactid="." href="" target="_blank">Kolkata Knight Riders: IPL 2019 Team Profile</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a data-reactid="." href="" target="_blank">Kings XI Punjab: IPL 2019 Team Profile</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a data-reactid="." href="" target="_blank">Delhi Capitals: IPL 2019 Team Profile</a></strong></li></ul><ul></ul>
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