Chennai Super Kings is undoubtedly the most consistent team in the history of IPL who entered the playoffs in all the seasons they participated. The franchise retained its star players in the auctions as they are returning to the IPL stage after serving a ban period of two years on account of spot-fixing scandal. Another team that returned to the tournament is Rajasthan Royals. Let us have a look at the players of the yellow army who need to repay their reward by contributing to the team’s victory in the IPL 2018.
- Karn Sharma
He was bought by the franchise for a huge sum of Rs.5 crore for IPL 2018. He was one of the star players who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and SunRisers Hyderabad. He was the part of title-clinching teams in 2016 and 2017. He played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016 and Mumbai Indians in 2017 which won the IPL title in respective years. He bagged the place in the team by all-round performance and need to fight for a place as the team has many spinners this year. He scored 316 runs at the strike rate of 116.60 and picked 49 wickets at an economy rate of 7.67 with his career best being 4/16 from 55 IPL matches. He is considered as the lucky star by the CSK franchise.
- Kedar Jadhav
Hailing from Pune, he was picked by the yellow army for a startling amount of Rs.7.5 crore. He was the most expensive player in the franchise. He played for Delhi Daredevils in 2010, 2013-15 and Kochi Tuskers in 2011 before he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016. He scored 893 runs from 64 IPL matches at a strike rate of 134.89 and his best score being 69. He is a good wicketkeeper who took 23 catches and made 7 stumpings. He is a part-time spinner who resembles MS Dhoni in the skills and performance.
- Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur made an impressive performance in the Nidahas tournament. He is an inexperienced player on the international lengths but was a consistent pacer. He represented Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants earlier. This 26-year old player scored 7 wickets and 1 wicket in 2016 for KXIP in his debut IPL season. He took 11 wickets off 12 matches at an economy rate of 8.57 for Pune Supergiants in the previous edition. He was picked by the franchise for a deal of Rs.2.6 crore. His best performance in the previous season of IPL is 3/19. He is expected to play his best to justify his reward.