Chennai Super Kings retained the trio of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja at the IPL 2018 player retention in Mumbai on Thursday. Returning to the league after serving two year ban, CSK have retained their core players ahead of the January 27, 28 auctions. Dhoni reunites with the side he led to two title wins in 2010 and 2011. The wicketkeeper-batsman has been one of the best batsmen for his side as he has accumulated 2987 runs for them in eight editions.
Apart from Dhoni, CSK also decided to retain all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and explosive batsman Suresh Raina. While Jadeja has become a crucial bowler in the format, taking 82 wickets in 112 innings at an average of 30.56 over the years in IPL, he has also proven as a good batting option down the middle order. In 109 innings, Jadeja has scored 1,732 runs in the tournament with a strike rate of 122.92 and has often changed the course of the game in the final overs.
For Raina, who is currently out of the Indian squad due to fitness issues and recent poor form, he is regarded as one of the best players in IPL. In 157 innings, he has scored 4,540 runs at an average of 34.14 at a massive strike rate of 139.05.
With Chennai retaining 3 players, it still remains to be seen whether they use any of their remaining 2 Right to Match cards during the auction, which now they can only use for uncapped Indian players or foreign players. The rules pave way for them to retain their star players such as Faf Du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo.