Super Kings finished ninth in the ten-team tournament in 2022 but - true to reputation - have retained most of their players. Dwayne Bravo is the biggest name they let go of - he will be their bowling coach instead. They have retained their star allrounder Ravindra Jadeja despite rumours suggesting the marriage might be over. MS Dhoni, at 41, still remains captain but they will be keen to identify and groom someone to take over after the 2023 edition.
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Super Kings have INR 20.45 crore (USD 2.4 million approx.) to spend at the auction. They have seven slots available, including two for overseas players.
Sam Curran isn't new to Super Kings' set-up, having worn the yellow jersey in 2020 and 2021 for 23 matches. With Dwayne Bravo not around anymore, Curran could be the overseas quick who can bowl at the death and also chip in with the bat lower down the order. He was picked by Super Kings for INR 5.5 crore in 2020.
Srinidhi Ramanujam is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo