Chennai Super Kings
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/12″][td_block_list_menu custom_title=”Quick Links” menu_id=”61046″ el_class=”Quick-menu-mob”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”10/12″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Chennai Super Kings represent the city of Chennai in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The franchisee is owned by India Cements. The company coughed up a whopping amount of $91 million to buy the team.
India cements had the rights of the franchisee for the first decade. However, the franchisee was transferred to a separate entity named Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd., after the Supreme Court of India struck down the controversial amendment to the BCCI constitution’s clause 6.2.4 that allowed board officials to have a commercial interest in the IPL and the Champions League T20 on January 22, 2015. Previously, N Srinivasan, the former ICC and BCCI president, was the de facto owner of the Chennai Super Kings, by means of his position as the vice-chairman and managing director of the company.
The Chennai-based franchisee has lifted the IPL title and now-scrapped Champions League title twice. They are the only team till date to defend the IPL title.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”197027″ img_size=”full” css_animation=”none”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]
Prior to the start of the inaugural season, the Super Kings bought several big names most notably their eventual skipper MS Dhoni. The other big players included Matthew Hayden, Stephen Fleming, Muttiah Muralitharan and Michael Hussey.
The franchise named Dhoni as the captain of the team and appointed Kepler Wessels as the head coach. They finished the league stage at third position with eight wins from 14 games and finished third on the points table. In the semifinal, they defeated Kings XI Punjab to set up the final clash with Rajasthan Royals. They ended up losing the title-decider by 3 wickets off the final delivery of the match.
In 2009, they finished with 17 points from 14 matches and earned a second place at the league table. However, their hopes of making it to another final was crushed after Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed them by 6 wickets.
The franchisee eventually tasted success in the third season. The season started on a dismal note for them as they won only two matches out of seven. However, they went on to win 5 of their next 7 games to finish third in the table.
In the semifinal, they defeated defending champions Deccan Chargers. In the final, they got the better of tournament favorites Mumbai Indians at their home ground. The win also helped them qualify for the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 that was held in South Africa.
The transformation as the powerhouse:
But then, they went on to win seven of their next eight games to finish second and seal a knockout spot.|
In the qualifier, they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore to storm into the final. In the title-decider, they faced the Royal Challengers again and once again ended up on the winning side.
However at the Champions League later that year, they won only one out of their four group matches and finished at the bottom.
In 2012, they qualified for the Playoffs with a better net run rate than the Royal Challengers who also finished with the same number of points. They then went on to qualify for the final by defeating Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils in the Eliminator and second qualifier. However, their title hat-trick hopes were crushed by Kolkata Knight Riders who won the all important clash by 5 wickets. In the Champions League, they once again failed to progress past the group stage with two wins and two defeats.
Fall from grace:
The 2015 season saw the Super Kings dominating the league once again. They finished the league stage at the top of the table and went on to qualify for a record sixth final. However, they were once again left heartbroken as Mumbai Indians defeated them to win the title.
A couple of months after the tournament ended, disaster struck for the Super Kings. On 14 July 2015, the Supreme Court appointed RM Lodha committee suspended the owners of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings from the league for a period of two years. The ban is over now and both the teams will return to the league for the eleventh season.
The Super Kings play their home games at the historic M. A. Chidambaram Stadium (commonly called “The Chepauk”) in Chennai. The stadium is named after former BCCI President M. A. Chidambaram.
Team logo and jersey colour:
The team logo features the head of a roaring lion in orange and the team name rendered in blue. The crown above the team name is the same as that used in the logo of the brand Coromandel King.
The team’s primary colour is yellow with blue and orange stripes on either sides of the jersey.
|Year||Indian Premier League||Champions League Twenty20|
- (DNQ = Did Not Qualify , TBD = To Be Decided)
All eyes were on the Super Kings as they were returning to the league following a two-year gap. On the very expected lines, the Super Kings retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina as well as Ravindra Jadeja.
During the auction, they used the Right to Match (RTM) card to buy back Faf du Plessis for Rs 1.6 crore, Dwayne Bravo for Rs 6.4 crore and Imran Tahir for Rs 1 crore. Interestingly, the team went for players who were over 30. The team bought experienced players like Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu and Murali Vijay.
From the domestic circuit, the Super Kings bought 25-year old Deepak Chahar. With 29 wickets in 25 T20s, Chahar was an important part of the Rajasthan side that reached the finals of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year. Delhi’s Dhruv Shorey is another player to watch out for. Shorey averages over 55 in 18 First Class Matches.
The two-time IPL champions finished their quota of 25 players and had still INR 6.5 crore left in their purse.
|MS Dhoni (c)|
|Faf du Plessis|
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