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IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings – Probable XI 

IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings – Probable XI
Dhoni highly-likely to lead Chennai Super Kings in 11th IPL addition. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Kings are back to where they belong. Chennai Super Kings arguably have the biggest fan base in Indian Premier League.

The franchise endured a tough two years as they were omitted from the league for their own wrongdoings.

However, with the Yellow Lions back in the fray, all eyes are set on the men from the South. Dhoni will once again lead the franchise and the fans are eagerly waiting just to see the team play this season. Here we look at the possible lineup of CSK.

Murali Vijay

The veteran batsman had played for Chennai in the past and was always the batsman who provided stability to their top order. He could once again be the force that he once was in the shortest format.

Faf du Plessis

Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2018, 11 Edition, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Player Retention
Du Plessis would be aiming to score bulk of runs if he would be retained to balance the middle-order. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

The South African skipper had plied his trade at Chennai earlier and was one of their forefront batsmen over the years. He would love to continue playing well for his franchise once more.

Suresh Raina

The most consistent batter and fielder in IPL History, Suresh Raina became a household in Chennai. Termed as Chinna Thala by his fans, Raina had never failed to deliver when needed the most for CSK.

MS Dhoni (C)

CSK is all set to return to the IPL fore after serving the two years ban on spot-fixing scandals. Image Courtesy: BCCI

The master himself has made a name for himself in Tamil Nadu with CSK. Having played for them in the first eight seasons, the legendary wicketkeeper will once again lead the side this season.

Shane Watson

Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh, Shoulder Surgery, Performance, Perth Test, Ashes 2017-18, England
Shane Watson feels Marsh has more responsibility on his shoulders. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The now-retired Aussie all rounder Shane Watson was arguably one of the best players in T20 cricket over the past decade. However, if he could contribute half of what he had done over the years, it would do more than good for Chennai this season.

Kedar Jadhav

The Indian middle order batsman have had some good performances for Royal Challengers over the past  couple of years. However, he will look to make a better impact with Chennai Super Kings this season.

Ravindra Jadeja

Jadeja has been one of the best spinners in Chennai team when they were banned. The bowling all rounder will once again will be key for the success of the team this season.

Dwayne Bravo

The West Indies fast bowler has been one of the core cricketers in CSK. Bravo will once again look to weave his magic around in the death overs after failing to participate in the tournament last season due to injury.

Harbhajan Singh

The legendary Indian spinner will be playing his first IPL game this season for a team outside Mumbai Indians. He was a core member in all the three IPL triumphs for Mumbai and will look for a similar result with CSK.

Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur
Indian cricketer Shardul Thakur (R) unsuccessfully appeals for a Leg Before Wicket (LBW) decision against Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal (L) during the second Twenty20 (T20) international cricket match between Bangladesh and India of the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy at the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo on March Shardul Thakur(Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

The young Shardul Thakur is slowly coming off his age as it was evident in the tri series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He will look to make the most out of this IPL to garner more experience and skills in his bowling arsenal.

Mark Wood

Mark Wood (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The English pace bowler is making a name for himself in the international circuit with his sheer pace. He can easily hit 90mph but will be able to replicate his immense pace in grueling humid conditions of Chennai, that’s a question for another day. He will have a massive role to play in this experienced lineup.

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