IPL Teams – Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings is the Chennai franchise for the Indian Premier League. The team will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the highest-paid IPL Player, and coached by Kepler Wessels. There is no Icon Player for the team.

Chennai Super Kings are a part of the eight club Indian Premier League. The franchise is owned by India Cements, who paid $91 million to acquire the rights of the franchise for the next 10 years. Former India test player Kris Srikkanth is the brand ambassador for the franchise, and another former Indian opener V. B. Chandrasekhar will be the chief selector. The brand ambasssadors for the team will be South Indian actor, Vijay and actress, Nayantara.

The M.A.Chidambaram stadium (often referred to as Chepauk, the place where the stadium is located) will be the home ground of the IPL team. The theme song of Chennai Super Kings, penned by Vairamuthu, is presently being composed by G V Prakash Kumar.

The name “Super Kings” is to honor the rulers of the golden era of Tamil culture, the team logo has a Lion to reflect the King of the Jungle. In addition the word “Super” is colloquially used in the state of Tamil Nadu to reflect all things thrilling and exciting and is a word of the lips of almost every one in Tamil Nadu. Incidentally the Chennai team playing in the ICL (the rebel league) is named as “Chennai Superstars”.

Chennai Super Kings are one of the three franchises with no icon player. The lack of an icon player benefited the Super Kings during the bidding as they managed to bid successfully on two (Dhoni & Muralitharan) of the six A listed players.

The team plans to have twenty three players on its roster. Besides the list of players already acquired, the team will pick the remaining members from the three catchment areas – Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Railways – that have been allocated to it.
Name – Age – Country – Position

Matthew Hayden – 36 – Australia – Left-handed Batsman
Stephen Fleming – 35 – New Zealand – Left-handed Batsman
Suresh Raina – 21 – India – Left-handed Batsman
Michael Hussey – 32 – Australia – Left-handed Batsman
Anirudha Srikkanth – 21 – India – Right-handed Batsman
Subramaniam Badrinath – 28 – India – Right-handed Batsman
Napoleon Einstein – 18 – India – Right-handed Batsman

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain) – 26 – India – Right-handed Wicket keeper
Parthiv Patel – 22 – India – Left-handed Wicket keeper

All Rounders
Jacob Oram – 28 – New Zealand – Left-handed Batsman/Right-arm medium-fast
Albie Morkel – 28 – South Africa – Left-handed Batsman/Right-arm fast-medium
Shadab Jakati – 27 – India – Slow left-arm orthodox spin
Abhinav Mukund – 18 – India – Left-handed Batsman/Right-arm leg-break
Viraj Kadbe – 18 – India – Right-arm leg-break

Muttiah Muralitharan – 35 – Sri Lanka – Right-arm off-break
Joginder Sharma – 24 – India – Right-arm fast-medium
Makhaya Ntini – 30 – South Africa – Right-arm fast
R. Ashwin – 21 – India – Right-arm off-break
Sudeep Tyagi – 20 – India – Right-arm fast-medium
Lakshmipathy Balaji – 26 – India – Right-arm fast-medium

Administration and Coaching Staff
Owner – India Cement Ltd.
Ambassador – Kris Srikkanth, film stars Joseph Vijay and Nayantara
Chief Selector – V. B. Chandrasekhar

Head Coach – Kepler Wessels
Assistant Coach – TBA
Physiotherapist – Tommy Simsek
Physical Trainer – Gregory King

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