IPL 2014 news January 9, 2014

CSK retain Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bravo

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Boromeo 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

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

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

  • Theep 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..

  • Boromeo 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

  • yuvraj 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.

  • anand 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.

  • Boromeo 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

  • Android on January 12, 2014, 16:32 GMT

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

  • srs 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

  • Gaurav 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).