On Sunday, the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, unveiled their list of retained players. As anticipated, they have maintained the core team, with the iconic MS Dhoni at the helm, supported by star Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, English all-rounder Moeen Ali, young batter Ruturaj Gaikwad, and New Zealand batter Devon Conway.
In a significant move, the team has chosen to let go of star English all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was acquired for a hefty sum of Rs 16.25 crore. Also departing from the squad are Kyle Jamieson, Sisanda Magala, Bhagath Varma, Shubranshu Senapati, Akash Singh, and Ambati Rayudu, the latter having declared his retirement earlier this year.
CSK Fans Rejoice as Dhoni Retains Leadership
CSK fans have reason to rejoice with the announcement of retained players, ensuring another season with Dhoni leading the team. Following the victory in the IPL 2023 final against Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad, Dhoni mentioned that he would decide on his future with CSK after evaluating his fitness.
After experiencing immense love and support this year, it would be simple for me to express gratitude, but the real challenge lies in putting in the hard work for another nine months and returning to play at least one more IPL season. The decision heavily relies on the condition of my body, and I have 6-7 months to make up my mind. Consider it a gift from my side – it’s not an easy choice for me, but it’s a gesture in response to the incredible love and affection they’ve shown. That’s something I feel I owe to them, Dhoni stated following the final.
CSK had a fantastic performance in IPL 2023. Unlike the previous season, they secured a spot in the top four during the league stage and went on to beat Gujarat Titans, securing a place in the final. The teams faced each other again in a final affected by rain, where Jadeja played an unforgettable innings, securing a record-equalling 5th title for CSK.
As the management prepares for the upcoming mini-auction next month, let’s check out the players they’ve let go and those they’ve decided to keep.
Released players: 8
Ben Stokes, Dwaine Pretorius, Kyle Jamieson, Sisanda Magala, Bhagath Varma, Shubranshu Senapati, Akash Singh, Ambati Rayudu (Retired).
Retained players: 18
MS Dhoni, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Deepak Chahar, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, Simranjeet Singh, Matheesha Pathirana, Prashant Solanki, Mitchell Santner, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Ajinkya Rahane, Nishant Sindhu, Shaik Rasheed, Ajay Mandal
Remaining Balance: 32.1 crore