IPL 2014 news January 9, 2014

CSK retain Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bravo

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Chennai Super Kings have retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo ahead of the IPL 2014 auction. The tournament rules allow for five players to be retained, of whom only four can be capped India players. This will leave the franchise with one right-to-match card at the auction on February 12.

Super Kings have been the most successful of the IPL franchises, making the final five times out of six, and winning on two occasions - in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, they did the double of winning the IPL and the Champions League T20. They have also been one of the most settled franchises, with the core of the team remaining the same over the seasons. So it comes as no surprise that they have retained as many players as possible here.

Among the players staying with Super Kings, captain Dhoni, batsman Raina and offspinner Ashwin have never played for another IPL franchise. Dhoni, India's captain and arguably the best finisher in limited-overs cricket, was the most expensive buy of the inaugural IPL auction back in 2008. Raina, the tournament's leading run-getter overall, is yet to miss a single match for Super Kings. Ashwin has been one of many players who adds local flavour to the team, and until the recently-concluded series against South Africa, was India's first-choice spinner.

On Boxing Day, in Durban, Ashwin - perhaps temporarily - lost that title to Jadeja. Super Kings had bought allrounder Jadeja at the 2012 auction, paying more than US$2 million for him after his bidding went into a secret tie-breaker with the now-defunct Deccan Chargers. West Indies allrounder Bravo, who in 2013 set a new record for the most wickets in an IPL season, completes the list.

January 10 is the deadline for the IPL franchises to announce their list of retained players, ahead of the auction on February 12. Aside from retained players, franchises can buy back additional members of their squads at the auction via right-to-match cards. The number of right-to-match cards available to each franchise will depend on the number of players already retained. Since Super Kings have retained five players, they will have one right-to-match card at the auction.

A fixed amount will be deducted from Super Kings' auction purse of Rs 600 million (approx. US$ 9.6 million, at the current exchange rate) for each player retained: Rs 125 million for player one, Rs 95 million for player two, Rs 75 million for player three, Rs 55 million for player four and Rs 40 million for player five. That will leave the franchise with Rs 210 million to spend at the auction. This season, each squad must include no less than 16 and no more than 27 players, with a maximum of nine overseas players.

The amount deducted from the auction purse is not necessarily the IPL fee agreed to between the franchise and the retained player.

In 2011, apart from Dhoni and Raina, Super Kings had retained India batsman M Vijay and South Africa allrounder Albie Morkel. The pair missed out this time, along with former Australia batsman Michael Hussey, who was IPL 2013's leading run-getter. Super Kings tweeted confirmation of their list of retained players late on Thursday night.

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  • on January 11, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    I believe they have made the right choice with the selections. They have to get Hussey back using the Right To Match card. I think they should buy a couple of foreign bowlers like Ryan Harris or Mitchell Starc or Morne Morkel. MJ would be far too expensive. and good under-rated Indian batting talent like Mandeep Singh, Aparajith, DK, Badri, Pujara and one explosive batsman at the end. Ideally, you'd like Vijay back but we'll have to wait and see. With the remaining money and availability, I'd like the CSK XI to consist of 1) Hussey 2) Vijay 3) Raina 4) Dhoni 5) DK 6) Aparajith/Badri 7) Bravo 8) Jadeja 9) Ashwin 10) Ryan Harris 11) Morne Morkel.

  • JBSA on January 16, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    @nickrevo and @princejl: The reason for Jadeja to be retained over Hussey and Faf is simple logic. They might be better player but definitely Jaddu would fetch 3 to 4 times the price of Hussey/Faf. Thats the reason. CSK would definitely fetch atleast one of them. Also I hope they might go to any extent for Badri rather than Vijay

  • princejl on January 16, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    y u did't retain faf????? my choice faf instead of jadduuuuu.....

  • nickrevo on January 16, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    i think csk management made an error by not too chose vj & huss .. they are the match winning, experiences pair.. 1. vj 2.huss 3.raina 4.dhoni 5.ashwin - are my 5 pick players.. now left with one uncapped RTM...hopefully young fast bowler...

    now the only think csk think tank to worry about is the bowling unit & young athletic all-rounders , hopefully Indian quick bowlers + one or two dazing batsman like d.warner...bez already there is enough rocking super batsman in the hut... anyway all the best... CSK ROCKS..

  • JBSA on January 15, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Players to be focussed ----------------------------

    Slot 1: VJ, V Zol, V Sehwag, R Uthhappa, U Chand #Slot 2: Mike Hussey, G Bailey, F du Plessis, J Ryder, S Marsh, T Iqbal (Any 2) Slot 3: Raina* Slot 4: S Badrinath, B Aparajith, DK, C Pujara, Yuvi, M Juneja, M Tiwary(Any 2) #Slot 5: D Bravo* / B Hodge, K Sangakkara, C Anderson Slot 6: MSD* #Slot 7: J Kallis, R Ten Doeschate, E Morgan, D Smith, A Morkel, A Mahmood, C Morris, R McLaren, T Perera, (Any 2/3) Slot 8: R Jadeja*/ R Bhatia, Rishi Dhawan Slot 9: R Ashwin* #Slot X: M Johnson, M Morkel, V Philander, R Rampaul, B Lee, Ryan Harris, B Hilfenhaus(Any 1/2) Slot 11: {RP Singh. Mohit Sharma, V Aaron, U Yadav, M Shammi, Z Khan}/{I Pathan, M Patel, P Awana, L Balaji, J Unadkat, Vinay Kumar}(Any 1+1)

    (Slot 5 - 8 should be floated)

    Reserve: S Anirudha, Imtiaz Ahmed, S Jakati, A Rajpoot, Yomahesh, Kedhar Jadhav,Gurkeerat Singh Mann

  • androyuvi on January 14, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    CSK will have to fill the following spots either with the same players or similar ones. 1 & 2. Openers : CSK will use RTM for Hussey and hope to get back Vijay. If Huss goes off-hook, they will use RTM for Faf.

    4. Then comes the the local wall Badri. If not, they could fill the spot with a youngster like Baba Aparajith.

    8. CSK already 2 genuine all-rounders in DJ Bravo and SRJ. They now need a foreign bowler in the mould of AMorkel/CMorris.

    10. An indian Medium/Swing bowler. Like Bhuvi or even the likes of RP Singh would fit the case.

    11. Then a fiercy foreign pace bowler. If not MJ, they should atleast have the likes of MMorkel, MStarc, in their mind.

    SO the team would be : 1 & 2 (Huss/Faf , Vijay), 3. Raina, 4. Badri/Baba 5.DJBravo, 6.MSD, 7.SRJ, 8.AMorkel/CMorris/CAnderson/JNeesham, 9.Ashwin, 10. Indian bowler, 11. Foreign pace bowler.

  • cricketanand12 on January 14, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Hussey will be retained by right to match.Baba Aparjith can be next no. 4 because he is young and in-form.He can bowl too. Suryakant Pradhan is an indian allrounder to look for.He is mainly a quick bowler who till date has brilliant stats.Gary Ballance is a young hard-hitting prospect who can be grabbed at low cost.

    So team will be Hussey,Vijay, Raina, Aparjith, Ballance, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Pradhan,Bowler 1,Ashwin Spots for one foreign player is left. CSK should grab Cameron White and Luke Wright because other teams will have keen interest in Finch,Marsh,Bailey,Pietersen,Du plessis,Ten Do,Shakib,Utthapa,Yuvraj etc. instead of these two.Next year hussey may not play so CSK should secure this position.Mitchell Starc,Ben Hilfenhaus and Krishmar Santokie. Starc is quick and can be both strike and death bowler.CSK may face some difficulties to get vijay.

  • JBSA on January 13, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Of all the talks most of them missing out is the backbone of CSK Batting unit. Subramaniam Badrinath. He was the savior and crusader when the game goes tough. His elegant batting was the highlight of CSK in Champions League in SAF. And though the middle line up is somewhat restored, the openers Faf, VJ and Mike Hussey are not there. I dont want CSK to go in the line of MI which struggled to get the opening combo in all 6 seasons. All the above 3 are gonna be too costly(esplly VJ since being Indian and powerhitter). So it will be too tough for CSK to snatch even anyone of VJ, Hussey, Faf or even Bailey. Bailey was released but keeping his form CSK might rethink on it. Bravo was a smart move as Albie is way from his prime. With Delhi and Punjab having a bigger purse I hope they will escalate most players of CSK, MI, RCB and KKR. Hope CSK goes all in for Morne Morkel as he ll be cheaper than MJ but will be effective as much. Please don't waste on foreign spin allrounder(Shakib/Mitch)contd

  • on January 12, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    now mi will capture mike hussey .if not they will capture other cskians a morkel du plesis

  • Mr.sura on January 12, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    This is my csk team for ipl 7

    Vijay hussey Raina jhadav dhoni bravo jadeja coulternile ashwin starc mohit

    Two 140s bowlers 2 spinners bravo- good at death overs, mohit can pick early wickets Batting we have the usual tested top 3.. Jhadav has been in top form.. Dhoni bravo jaddu to finish the innings... Coulternile is known for his big hitting too and an athletic fielder.. Makes a good combo and a balanced team in all conditions ..GO CSK GO

  • on January 11, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    I believe they have made the right choice with the selections. They have to get Hussey back using the Right To Match card. I think they should buy a couple of foreign bowlers like Ryan Harris or Mitchell Starc or Morne Morkel. MJ would be far too expensive. and good under-rated Indian batting talent like Mandeep Singh, Aparajith, DK, Badri, Pujara and one explosive batsman at the end. Ideally, you'd like Vijay back but we'll have to wait and see. With the remaining money and availability, I'd like the CSK XI to consist of 1) Hussey 2) Vijay 3) Raina 4) Dhoni 5) DK 6) Aparajith/Badri 7) Bravo 8) Jadeja 9) Ashwin 10) Ryan Harris 11) Morne Morkel.

  • JBSA on January 16, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    @nickrevo and @princejl: The reason for Jadeja to be retained over Hussey and Faf is simple logic. They might be better player but definitely Jaddu would fetch 3 to 4 times the price of Hussey/Faf. Thats the reason. CSK would definitely fetch atleast one of them. Also I hope they might go to any extent for Badri rather than Vijay

  • princejl on January 16, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    y u did't retain faf????? my choice faf instead of jadduuuuu.....

  • nickrevo on January 16, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    i think csk management made an error by not too chose vj & huss .. they are the match winning, experiences pair.. 1. vj 2.huss 3.raina 4.dhoni 5.ashwin - are my 5 pick players.. now left with one uncapped RTM...hopefully young fast bowler...

    now the only think csk think tank to worry about is the bowling unit & young athletic all-rounders , hopefully Indian quick bowlers + one or two dazing batsman like d.warner...bez already there is enough rocking super batsman in the hut... anyway all the best... CSK ROCKS..

  • JBSA on January 15, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Players to be focussed ----------------------------

    Slot 1: VJ, V Zol, V Sehwag, R Uthhappa, U Chand #Slot 2: Mike Hussey, G Bailey, F du Plessis, J Ryder, S Marsh, T Iqbal (Any 2) Slot 3: Raina* Slot 4: S Badrinath, B Aparajith, DK, C Pujara, Yuvi, M Juneja, M Tiwary(Any 2) #Slot 5: D Bravo* / B Hodge, K Sangakkara, C Anderson Slot 6: MSD* #Slot 7: J Kallis, R Ten Doeschate, E Morgan, D Smith, A Morkel, A Mahmood, C Morris, R McLaren, T Perera, (Any 2/3) Slot 8: R Jadeja*/ R Bhatia, Rishi Dhawan Slot 9: R Ashwin* #Slot X: M Johnson, M Morkel, V Philander, R Rampaul, B Lee, Ryan Harris, B Hilfenhaus(Any 1/2) Slot 11: {RP Singh. Mohit Sharma, V Aaron, U Yadav, M Shammi, Z Khan}/{I Pathan, M Patel, P Awana, L Balaji, J Unadkat, Vinay Kumar}(Any 1+1)

    (Slot 5 - 8 should be floated)

    Reserve: S Anirudha, Imtiaz Ahmed, S Jakati, A Rajpoot, Yomahesh, Kedhar Jadhav,Gurkeerat Singh Mann

  • androyuvi on January 14, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    CSK will have to fill the following spots either with the same players or similar ones. 1 & 2. Openers : CSK will use RTM for Hussey and hope to get back Vijay. If Huss goes off-hook, they will use RTM for Faf.

    4. Then comes the the local wall Badri. If not, they could fill the spot with a youngster like Baba Aparajith.

    8. CSK already 2 genuine all-rounders in DJ Bravo and SRJ. They now need a foreign bowler in the mould of AMorkel/CMorris.

    10. An indian Medium/Swing bowler. Like Bhuvi or even the likes of RP Singh would fit the case.

    11. Then a fiercy foreign pace bowler. If not MJ, they should atleast have the likes of MMorkel, MStarc, in their mind.

    SO the team would be : 1 & 2 (Huss/Faf , Vijay), 3. Raina, 4. Badri/Baba 5.DJBravo, 6.MSD, 7.SRJ, 8.AMorkel/CMorris/CAnderson/JNeesham, 9.Ashwin, 10. Indian bowler, 11. Foreign pace bowler.

  • cricketanand12 on January 14, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Hussey will be retained by right to match.Baba Aparjith can be next no. 4 because he is young and in-form.He can bowl too. Suryakant Pradhan is an indian allrounder to look for.He is mainly a quick bowler who till date has brilliant stats.Gary Ballance is a young hard-hitting prospect who can be grabbed at low cost.

    So team will be Hussey,Vijay, Raina, Aparjith, Ballance, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Pradhan,Bowler 1,Ashwin Spots for one foreign player is left. CSK should grab Cameron White and Luke Wright because other teams will have keen interest in Finch,Marsh,Bailey,Pietersen,Du plessis,Ten Do,Shakib,Utthapa,Yuvraj etc. instead of these two.Next year hussey may not play so CSK should secure this position.Mitchell Starc,Ben Hilfenhaus and Krishmar Santokie. Starc is quick and can be both strike and death bowler.CSK may face some difficulties to get vijay.

  • JBSA on January 13, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Of all the talks most of them missing out is the backbone of CSK Batting unit. Subramaniam Badrinath. He was the savior and crusader when the game goes tough. His elegant batting was the highlight of CSK in Champions League in SAF. And though the middle line up is somewhat restored, the openers Faf, VJ and Mike Hussey are not there. I dont want CSK to go in the line of MI which struggled to get the opening combo in all 6 seasons. All the above 3 are gonna be too costly(esplly VJ since being Indian and powerhitter). So it will be too tough for CSK to snatch even anyone of VJ, Hussey, Faf or even Bailey. Bailey was released but keeping his form CSK might rethink on it. Bravo was a smart move as Albie is way from his prime. With Delhi and Punjab having a bigger purse I hope they will escalate most players of CSK, MI, RCB and KKR. Hope CSK goes all in for Morne Morkel as he ll be cheaper than MJ but will be effective as much. Please don't waste on foreign spin allrounder(Shakib/Mitch)contd

  • on January 12, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    now mi will capture mike hussey .if not they will capture other cskians a morkel du plesis

  • Mr.sura on January 12, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    This is my csk team for ipl 7

    Vijay hussey Raina jhadav dhoni bravo jadeja coulternile ashwin starc mohit

    Two 140s bowlers 2 spinners bravo- good at death overs, mohit can pick early wickets Batting we have the usual tested top 3.. Jhadav has been in top form.. Dhoni bravo jaddu to finish the innings... Coulternile is known for his big hitting too and an athletic fielder.. Makes a good combo and a balanced team in all conditions ..GO CSK GO

  • gauravm5 on January 11, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    The other franchises talk about grooming young players & make them BIG STARS at international level but CSK has continuously produced Captains like Raina, Bravo, Faf & Hussey (captaining his BIG BASH team).

  • on January 11, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    csk is the most consistant team in IPL. i think csk top 12 players would be 1.mahi,2.ashwin,3.raina,4.jaddu,5.bravo,6.hussy,7.badri,8.mohit,9.morkel,10.dk, 11.vijay,12.morris

  • Mr.sura on January 11, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Chennai team management have always had the talent of picking and grooming uncapped players with excellent temperament to achieve continuous success at the highest level. For eg. Ashwin, mohit , jakati. Waiting for what they have in store for this edition of ipl :)

  • jimbond on January 11, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Smart retention. I would have been tempted to go in for Mike Hussey instead of Jadeja, but on spinning tracks, Jadeja is quite useful. The other four are no-brainers. I agree with some of the posters that L Balaji would be a good buy, even Yomahesh would be good. However, I think they will be smart to avoid other chennai players like Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, or Aparajith who are hyped too much. Badrinath is a reliable option they must try to pick.

  • Mr.sura on January 11, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    How is this

    Hussey vijay Raina Saha Corey dhoni bravo jadeja willey ashwin mohit

  • joseyesu on January 11, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Hussey at any cost should not be missed. And go for MJohnson, Nathan Coulter Nile. I hope KK wont retain Balaji and then we can have him also. Dk when can we have him. Vijay, Hussey, Raina, DK, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, MJohnson, Balaji, MSharma

  • VJGS on January 11, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    The CSK selectors have done a pretty good job in retaining the fine players that they did. I really hope they do what they did back in 2011 - which is pursue their other players and but then back. I really wish to see Vijay, Hussey, due Plessis and Albie Morkel during the auctions. Additionally they also need to invest in some good fast bowlers this time. Maybe Bhuveneshwar or MJ. They should also try and buy Dinesh Karthik this year as a backup keeper. He is also a genuinely good batsman who has had no luck with the national selectors.

  • deadite11 on January 11, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    So the remaining 210 million, atleast 100 million should be spent for overseas fast bowlers. No need of mitchell johnson, he's not good at subcontinent pitches. Pattinson/Starc, Dougy/Hilfy, Rampaul/Neesham. Maybe Rampaul can be back at rcb, so a left arm and right arm overseas bowler is must. Aparajith should come in for badrinath, as he was an allrounder.

  • gauravm5 on January 10, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Considering the available purse CSK shud now look for following overseas players: Hussey (must buy use RIGHT 2 MATCH), Bailey (or Faf), Lee (still very quick & accurate), Hilfenhaus, Coulter Nile, Starc and James Pattinson (or Doug Bollinger). I dont think any team wud even think on putting big money to get bowlers like Hilfenahus, Couleter Nile, James Pattinson and Brett Lee but its the only Dhoni who knows how valuable, good and effective they can be. The best bowling lineup for CSK Jadeja, Bravo, Coulter Nile (big hitter at number 8 and more than decent in death overs), Ashwin, Mohit Sharma and Starc/Lee/ Hilfenhaus/ Pattinson. & THE BIG PLUS RAINA's stump 2 stump 1 or 2 overs getting little spin on slow turning tracks like Hyderabad, Delhi & Kolkatta. Best Indian capped or uncapped batsmen could be Badrinath, Dinesh Kartik, Srikkanth and Saha.

  • on January 10, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Not ever in your dreams.mi will retain mitch johnson by right to match card

  • SRAM20 on January 10, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    I wish CSK goes all out to get some top fast bowlers. CSK's problem has always been their bowling. If we get can get one of Mitchell Johnson or Morne Morkel, it would be fantastic. With Delhi freeing up their players, I think CSK should also try for Aaron and Yadav. I am pretty sure CSK will try to buy back Hussey using the 'right to match card.

  • gauravm5 on January 10, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    CSK should buy Nathan Coulter Nile, big power hitter at number 8 and one of the best death overs bowlers in Australia.

  • on January 10, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    csk needs some great fast players like Mitchell johnson and steyn

  • kabilan_46 on January 10, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Right choices for retention! IMO, CSK should buy 1 - Sehwag and M.Hussey (will be a deadly opening pair). May be for backup M.Vijay 2 - M.Johnson, Juan Theron(SA) and Zaheer khan for Main stream attack. 3 - Baba Aparajith n Badri for middle order to save the innings if something goes wrong.

  • on January 10, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Good picks by CSK to retain the spine of the team. I expect them to bring back Hussey, Faf, Morris and Mohit, using their right-to-match card for one of them. The team will be something like this: Hussey Faf Raina Aparajith Dhoni Jadeja Bravo Ashwin LocalBowler OverseasBowler Mohit.

  • on January 10, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    CSK needs to go for MJ at any cost !! And also Bollinger/Hilfy/Mornie with him !! Will be the team to beat...

  • Thamizhoviyan on January 10, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Surely should go for mitchell johnson, morne morkel

  • RRS1021 on January 10, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    CSK has done the right choices. Good. Yes Hussey is definitely needed. Perhaps the others could be Vijay, Faf Du Plessis,[Corey Anderson?], Morne Morkel [If DD is not going for him], Md. Shami, Bhuvi etc. Badri / Baba Aparajith to add local flavour

  • on January 10, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    need to select best allrounders.......... and take back hussey

  • on January 10, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    LOL! Ashwin the most mediocre off spinner. Checkout his last few IPL records, he has been horrible.

  • on January 10, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Dhoni = (Wk + Captain + One of best Batsman) Raina = (Very Good bat + Part time Bowl) Ashwin = (India's one of top Spinner + Decent Bat) Jadeja = (Bat + Bowl + Field) Bravo = (Bat + Bowl + field)

    Five Batsman , 3 Bowler , 1 Part timer , Captain & Wicket Keeper ,,, What else do you want from 5 player package !!

  • on January 10, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Fantastic five of CSK, looking forward to the auction what else they would get

  • on January 10, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    They should give chance to baba aparajith in place of badrinath

  • MrGarreth on January 10, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    I kinda hope CSK don't get Faf. They wasted him on the bench.

  • on January 10, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    as expected..but y no hussey?????csk done a mistake this will hurt them for sure in crucial matches..

  • on January 10, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    raina the best correct selection

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on January 10, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    use joker on faf and get morris, bhuvi and starc in the auction....CSK XI should be like:

    anirudha faf raina aparajith dhoni bravo jadeja morris ashwin bhuvi starc

    they will have 6 bowlers and bat all the way down to no. 11 :)

  • on January 10, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    good selection...........but du plessis and hussey missing....

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on January 10, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Hussey is a terrific player and in the form of his life, but he is getting old and will not be available for the next three seasons. KXIP did the same with Gilchrist and sadly, we saw him struggle in his later years. CSK will probably buy Hussey back for this season and see how it goes in the future. But planning wise, CSK made the right choice.

  • on January 10, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    CSK will take Hussey using the 'right to match card' option.

  • on January 10, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Super Selection...Boom Raina Best..

  • Sekhar_S on January 10, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Selections on expected lines.Hope to see some gripping competition for other quality players at the auction.

  • Sagarneel on January 10, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Have they retained Mayappan??

  • ramli on January 10, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Retention was as expected ... One foreign slot rightly going to Bravo ... M. Hussey would have to consider his role (as player/mentor etc.) in CSK owing to age factor in future ... Albie is lost in the woods now ... Fans are ready for Feb 12 ...

  • on January 10, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    CSK retain Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bravo superplayers

  • Prakash_Hus on January 10, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Mr.Cricket (Hussey) is the back bone of CSK.As of now - he is the highest run scorer in BIG BASH too. Without his contribution - Definately csk will going to face a big hurdle.

  • StreetView on January 10, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    How come diehard MI fans, Siddarth Monga & Sharda Ugra have not yet written anything criticising this! :P

  • on January 10, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Grt Selection ..Add Bhuvi,Starc into CSK ..

  • OMG_cricket on January 10, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Haha Nice one on Meiyappan !

  • AndrewsPraveen on January 10, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    man gopi gurunath will bw associated with CSK indirectly dude... he is the son in law of the frachise owner... and i expected Hussey or chris morris to be retained but they went with brao... over all they have retained the players whom fans expected...

  • emmwill on January 10, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Excellent decision by CSK. Those who oppose this don't understand the CSK strategy.

  • zaidvi on January 10, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    All flat track bullies are coming together again..

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on January 10, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    since people in tamilnadu busy in watching veeram and jilla from 3 a.m today, only 40 comments here. Hope comments will increase after midnight today. Good retention by csk, i want whole core group of csk in ipl7.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on January 10, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    leaving albie morkel and vijay is understandable bcz both was out of form in ipl6 and cl-t20 but they add flavour bcz they has been in csk since 2008 and 2009 and are integral part in the core group. CSK will get hussey, i hav no doubt about that. Badri, jakathi, fab du are other i want to see in csk in ipl7.

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on January 10, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    they need to buy back faf and morris for sure....rest they can manage

  • IndianEagle on January 10, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    more jealous people here bcz of success that CSK had achieved. Go CSK.

  • on January 10, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    OH MAN...!!! Where is Albie Morkel??

  • on January 10, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    without mike hussey they won't win as many matchs

  • on January 10, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Without Gurunath Meiyappan CSK won't win a cup,, so if csk needs to win cup again Gurunath is must and sure.

  • repudiaditya on January 10, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    superb selection.... absolutely with out any doubt they selecteed players who are for etire tourment n 4 indian players who ca play every match n dhoni's mind nevertheless brilliant comapred to other s he vl buy duplesis r hussey with der right to match card..... cheers go csk...!!!!!

  • bg2720 on January 10, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Are CSK retaining Gurunath Meiyappan??

  • on January 10, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    C.S.K wil be knocked out in first round itself..poor selection.tey colud hav bought FAF DU PLESSIS...& CHRIS MORRIS...very bad retainment of players..jadeja should have been dropped ...any way bad luck C.S.K

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 10, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    @ramz_01: We already have many trolls here on Cricinfo so you are not adding anything new here.

  • Ind_cric_lover on January 10, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    I think IPL rules are made to satisfy the needs of a couple of IPL teams. So in the previous auction they wanted to retain 4 players so the rules allowed that and this time they wanted to retain 5 players. One franchise wanted to retain 4 Indians while the other wanted to retain 3 foreigners so the rules are made to suit both of them.

  • srinideva on January 10, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    The biggest challenge in this season is the Remaining amount available for the Teams. I`m damn sure this time KXI will get the quality players in the auction. Since the giants are already losing their purse money in the Retention process. CSK retained 5. only have 190 million. and same will be followed by MI..So these former champion teams have little say in the auction. Because they can`t go for everything. They have to fill their team with 16 to 27 players. It is really a good thing for RR and KXIp. I am happy with the retention of CSK players.

  • on January 10, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    Rs. 210 million - Vijay, Du Plessis,Mohit,Hussey,Balaji,Badri,Jason Holder,Morkel,Morris,Baba Aparajith,Bhuvi/Shami/Ishant/any Indian fast bowler. That accounts for 16 minimum.

  • pull_shot on January 10, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    Is this d only reason srinivasan wanted to continue as bcci president such that he can achieve 5 players retention rule

  • on January 10, 2014, 2:24 GMT

    Right to match should go to Vijay/Du Plessis. In the open auction, they can buy Du Pleassis/Vijay, Badri, Mohit Sharma, Hussey, Jason Holder, Chris Morris. They must concentrate on Indian fast bowlers like getting back Balaji from KKR or buy Bhuvi or Shami to stop depending too much on foreign fast bowlers. They can add couple of TN Ranji players like Mukund, Prasanna to back up. May be even Parveez Rasool just to complement the All rounder list.

  • ramz_01 on January 10, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    why they dnt retain Gurunath maiyappan??????

  • on January 10, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    so what ever happened with the Gurunath Mayyappan case? wow, just brushed under the carpet and moving on with life .... oh well...

  • vswami on January 10, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    Its better to spend substantial purse to have 8-9 high quality first choice, fully available individuals backed up by decent talent than to pack the team with lots of average talent where you spend half the season figuring out how to fit them all in.

  • class9ryan on January 10, 2014, 0:40 GMT

    The best thing about CSK is that they really have done well in the previous auctions, they had Raina in season 1 and he is now leading T20 players of India, Ashwin came as a uncapped player in the team, Jadeja was bought heavily in the auction to make him a long-term player in the auction. They have a solid team again on their hands and this time I would love better pace bowlers like Morne Morkel, Parnell, etc.

  • class9ryan on January 10, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    Obviously u aren't sure whether Michael Hussey is gonna play for how many seasons more ? So its better to be safe with Dwayne Bravo.

  • on January 10, 2014, 0:07 GMT

    can any one explain what is right to match card option and why teams like rajasthan ,punjab are not able to by expensive players because kings xi punjab were just spectators in last two auctions...? is the salary purse same for every team ? why the overseas t20 specialists always sold for mi ,csk or rcb for eg freddie to csk ,pollard maxwell to mumbai ,bravo ,doughiie to csk ,k.p to rcb..if rr and kxip doent retain watson and miller they will also be sold to these teams

  • on January 10, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    big mistake to retained Raina instead of raina they should hav pick Hussey

  • on January 9, 2014, 23:29 GMT

    No, no... not resigning Hussey (imagine Mumbai not resigning Hodge) was dumb. But it was the RIGHT thing to do to resign your Indian players almost exclusively and show that not IPL franchises are soulless mercenary-signing scum (as every country bar India sees them - sorry)... Dumb... but meritorious. Unless you now sign a Neesham or Anderson et cetera, CSK will be lightweight on power hitting and fail to win again. Which is a pity as I have always loved Dhoni and the mature way he plays cricket and thinks cricket. Most importantly, the spirit in which he plays the game, unlike someone like Kohli... who is a talented but petulant child. Just hoping he does not get going versus my black caps. If he had argued with me like he did in that IPL game with Sharma or whoever it was, I would have put him flat on his back. Same with Johnson if I had been English. Being intimidated by dunces is not my go. I'd have given Johnson the ol' Scotty Styris treatment... that sorts him out.

  • gops_k on January 9, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    Vijay will be picked up by Sunrisers, even with right to match card is available, Chennai may not have enough in their purse to match the price. Selection makes sense though, as many other franchise would pay more than a third of their purse for Raina / Ashwin / Jadeja as all of them could be captain material for them.

    I am CSK fan and like what they have done with the retention!

  • Avidcricketlover on January 9, 2014, 22:44 GMT

    CSK will go for all their existing players !!! They will buy most of them too !!

  • cricketsimpleton on January 9, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    also, just wondering for Huss, does the autobiography has to do something to miss out in top 5 ;)

  • cricketsimpleton on January 9, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Vijay will now be bought by Delhi and they will the tournament for him this time as KKR did for bala ! I am waiting for Huss and Badri to be rebought during the auction..Huss is just in golden form in BBL and Holder should be considered as well. He is No mug with the bat and can provide some much needed impetus at times.

  • Maiwandsz on January 9, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    I persnaly think that hamid hassan and nabi have ability to play in this big event hamid hassan is one of the best bowler in a t20 format he is very quck and have ability of reverse swing an nabi is one of the clean hitter of the bowl and a good off spiner i am sure if these both player get a chance the will show their talent and people will very well know them in asia cup inshaAllah they will difenatly showcast their talent that how much they are effective

  • VenkyN on January 9, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    A lot of people here are saying that Hussey will likely be matched in the auction. I highly doubt it - Hussey did talk about Gurunath Meiyappan being the CSK team's boss in public, and if there is one thing that has been clear in the recent past it is that Srinivasan does not forget, or forgive ! I think Hussey will be left to languish in the auction, and will likely be picked up by some other team for a bargain.

  • gauravm5 on January 9, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    These domestic players would be in big demand in the IPL: Ashok Maneria, Srikkanth, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Gurkeerat Mann, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Kedhar Jadhav, Unmukt Chand, Surya Kumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Manpreet Juneja, Manvinder Bisla, Aditya Tare, Sachin Baby

    Nadeem, Rasool, Bhargav Bhatt, Jalaj Saxena, Iqbal Audulla, Akshar Patel, Jakati

    Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Siddharth Kaul, Imtiaz Ahmed, Ishwar Pandey, Rahul Shukla, VS Malik

  • on January 9, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    I see that the World Cup finishes on April 6 and the IPL starts on April 8! Great planning!

  • gauravm5 on January 9, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    So considering the remaining purse & the available options CSK is left with, they shud try to buy: Rahane, Srikkanth, Badri, Mohit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Imtiaz Ahmed & Jalaj Saxena (Best allrounder in the Indian domestic circuit).....My 8 foreign players would be: Hussey, Faf, Faulkner, Coulter Nile, Hilfenhaus, Brett Lee & Albie Morkel. I would love to see Shahbaz Nadeem playing for CSK but Nadeem is surely gonna be a BIG PRICE PLAYER in the coming auction; wud get better bid than Pragyan OJha, Piyush Chawla, Parvez Rasool, Amit Mishra and Rahul Sharma. In case CSK fails to get any of the above mentioned overseas fast bowlers, the backup options are: Holder, Kane Richardson, Alphonso Thomas, Starc, Pattinson and Bollinger.

  • xylo on January 9, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    I believe their tactics will be similar to their previous re-auctions. Try and get back Hussey, Badrinath, Vijay, Faf, Mohit, and potentially leave out Albie. I believe they will go after Ben Stokes based on their NZ-like attitude of having as many all-rounders.

  • IndCricFan2013 on January 9, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    This is where every other team goes wrong and CSK does right, every time. The experience ( may not be the best) is retained. High value Indian players retained. medium pace all-rounder ( as oppose to Hussey, the batsman) is retained. 2 batsman, 1 all rounder, 2 bowler ( spinners good in India, mainly Chennai matches), including a wicket keeper and Captain. There is no need to worry about 2/3 of the purse gone. Hussey or Vijay who ever goes for high price will get right to match card. Both will be picked. Out of Rs. 210 million, they would spend Rs. 100 million on these two openers. In case they can not get both they will get Faf Du plessis to open.Remember how much Mohit Sharama and Jason Holder was bought for peanuts in last auction. There will be plenty of talented pace bowlers available to pick in the rest of the Rs.100 million. They will also get, Albie, Badri, Jakati etc using the rest of the money. They can get more purse next year.Remember they are playing always same 11 players

  • ns4ckt on January 9, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Indian 4 I understand. Why Bravo? Tons of overseas bowlers/alrounders better than him. Should have kept Faf instead.

  • on January 9, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Either the power central at IPL teams read Cricinfo for tips, or the editorial team has smart insiders :).

    SMART pre-analysis Cricinfo Team. You were DEAD SPOT-ON. No wonder you are the pioneers and leaders in this form of sports.

  • SRAM20 on January 9, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Good that we have one "right to match" card. Should use that for Mike Hussey. That would help us retain the core of our team from the previous IPL's. We can buy Badri and Vijay pretty easily. But how much do we have left in our purse?

  • bhushanB on January 9, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Congratulations to Ashwin, Jadeja and Raina for making it to the playing INDIA X1 for the next three years

    I guess we will know two more slots after the auction.

    This makes the job of INDIAN SELECTION COMMITTEE easy, as they only need to pick 5 more regulars....nobody cares about the bench warmers...

  • on January 9, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    ESPN Cricinfo nailed it before it was announced.. Great work guys!

  • jaggi.jagan on January 9, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Jadeja hasn't done a squat.

  • ARad on January 9, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    This is the smart decision. Hussey is a great player in all formats but his age makes him a bit risky but CSK should still try and buy him. If Fleming decides to seek greener pastures in the next couple of years, Hussey could be a good candidate to replace him too. Faf is the other candidate that CSK may want to retain via the auction. He is a good fielder and a potential replacement for Hussey and seems to have a good head. I am fan of M Vijay but he has been inconsistent so Mohit is the only other Indian player worth chasing from the '13 team. If the prize is right, Chris Morris could be a good buy too.

  • on January 9, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Hussey's bid should be matched

  • SilentKillerz on January 9, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Good selection. they should pick michael hussey with one right-to-match card option. They could pick badrinath, m.vijay and jakati for a reasonable price. Hussey going great in Big Bash will make the franchises to go for him.

  • wrenx on January 9, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Time to rename CSK as "Dhoni & Friends"

  • wrenx on January 9, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Time to rename CSK as "Dhoni & Friends"

  • SilentKillerz on January 9, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Good selection. they should pick michael hussey with one right-to-match card option. They could pick badrinath, m.vijay and jakati for a reasonable price. Hussey going great in Big Bash will make the franchises to go for him.

  • on January 9, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Hussey's bid should be matched

  • ARad on January 9, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    This is the smart decision. Hussey is a great player in all formats but his age makes him a bit risky but CSK should still try and buy him. If Fleming decides to seek greener pastures in the next couple of years, Hussey could be a good candidate to replace him too. Faf is the other candidate that CSK may want to retain via the auction. He is a good fielder and a potential replacement for Hussey and seems to have a good head. I am fan of M Vijay but he has been inconsistent so Mohit is the only other Indian player worth chasing from the '13 team. If the prize is right, Chris Morris could be a good buy too.

  • jaggi.jagan on January 9, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Jadeja hasn't done a squat.

  • on January 9, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    ESPN Cricinfo nailed it before it was announced.. Great work guys!

  • bhushanB on January 9, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Congratulations to Ashwin, Jadeja and Raina for making it to the playing INDIA X1 for the next three years

    I guess we will know two more slots after the auction.

    This makes the job of INDIAN SELECTION COMMITTEE easy, as they only need to pick 5 more regulars....nobody cares about the bench warmers...

  • SRAM20 on January 9, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Good that we have one "right to match" card. Should use that for Mike Hussey. That would help us retain the core of our team from the previous IPL's. We can buy Badri and Vijay pretty easily. But how much do we have left in our purse?

  • on January 9, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Either the power central at IPL teams read Cricinfo for tips, or the editorial team has smart insiders :).

    SMART pre-analysis Cricinfo Team. You were DEAD SPOT-ON. No wonder you are the pioneers and leaders in this form of sports.

  • ns4ckt on January 9, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    Indian 4 I understand. Why Bravo? Tons of overseas bowlers/alrounders better than him. Should have kept Faf instead.