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The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are a franchise cricket team from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team, founded in 2008, plays its home games at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The team served a two-year ban from the IPL starting July 2015 for their owners' alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL betting case, and won the title in its comeback season. The team is held captive by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and trained by Stephen Fleming.

The Super Kings have overturned the IPL title three times (2010, 2011 and 2018), and has the highest winning percentage of any team in the IPL (61.28). They keep the records of most appearances in the playoffs (ten) and the finals (eight) of the IPL. The team also held the record of reaching the playoffs in every season of their appearance in the IPL through 2020. In addition, they also won the Champions League Twenty20 in 2010 and 2014. The Super Kings brand value in 2019 is estimated at around 732 crore (around $ 104 million), making it the second most valuable IPL franchise after Mumbai Indians.

Franchise history

In September 2007, India's Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) announced the creation of the Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 competition set to start in 2008. In January 2008, BCCI announced the owners of eight city-based franchises. The Chennai franchise was sold to India Cements for $ 91 million, making it the fourth most expensive team in the league after Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. India Cements acquired the rights to the franchise for 10 years. Former chairman of the ICC. Srinivasan was the de facto owner of the Chennai Super Kings through his position as Vice Chairman and General Manager of India Cements Ltd. The franchisee was split into a separate entity called Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd. Convicted after the Supreme Court of India proposed the controversial amendment to the BCCI 6.2.4 Constitution that allowed board officials to have a commercial interest in the IPL and the Twenty20 Champions League on January 22, 2015.

Team history

2008 - 2009: First seasons

During the first player auctions for the first IPL season, conducted in January 2008, the Chennai franchise bought a number of contemporary star cricketers including Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Matthew Hayden, Stephen Fleming, Muttiah Muralitharan and Michael Hussey. Dhoni became the auction's most expensive player since the Chennai franchise bought him for $ 1.5 million. The franchise named Dhoni as captain of the team and appointed Kepler Wessels as head coach. They played their first game on April 19, 2008 against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. The Super Kings won the game by 33 ranks after breaking 240/5 in 20 overs, which was the highest total of the tournament, a record by themselves in 2010. The Super Kings finished the league stage with eight wins from 14 games and took third place on the points table. They beat the Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets in the semifinals. The Super Kings faced the Rajasthan Royals in the final of the IPL in Mumbai. Batting first, the Super Kings scored 163/5 in 20 overs and lost the game by 3 wickets off the game's final delivery. They also earned a spot in the first Twenty20 Champions League along with Rajasthan, but the tournament was canceled due to the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the Super Kings, along with Rajasthan, received $ 5 million each in compensation. Fleming, who had decided to withdraw from all forms of play after the first season of the IPL, took over the position of the Super Kings team from Wessels for the next season, which was to take place in South Africa.

For the 2009 season, the Super Kings bought English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff for $ 1.55 million at auction and made him the highest paid IPL cricketer along with English teammate Kevin Pietersen, who was bought for the same amount by Royal Challengers Bangalore . However, Flintoff only played 3 games for them before sustaining a knee injury that ruled him out of the season. The Super Kings were also without the services of Hussey, who had decided to skip the IPL season to focus on The Ashes. The Super Kings finished second on the league table with 17 points from 14 games. But in the semifinals their hopes for a second place in the final were dashed by the Royal Challengers, who beat them with 6 wickets. Super Kings opener Matthew Hayden, who scored 572 ranks in 12 innings with 5 half centuries at an average of 52 and strike rate of 145, won the Orange Cap for the season's leading run scorer and was also named Player of the Tournament .

2010: The IPL and CLT20 double

In 2010, the Super Kings fought in the first half of the regular season, winning only two out of seven games. They won four of their next five games that season largely due to the efforts of Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina. After a home loss to the Delhi Daredevils, the Super Kings were left with a must-win game against Kings XI Punjab in Dharamshala. The Super Kings won the game by six wickets as they chased the 193 target with two balls to spare an unbeaten 54 ball out of 29 with skipper Dhoni. So, with seven wins from 14 games, Chennai with the same number of points as three other teams with two semi-final places at stake. Chennai got third place as they had the better net running rate of the four teams, which ended up at 14 points. In the semi-finals, the Super Kings scored a modest 142/7 out of 20 against defending champion Deccan Chargers. But an inspired bowling spell by Doug Bollinger (4/13 in four overs) did the most damage as the Chargers were knocked out for 104. This gave the Super Kings a 38-run win that took them to the finals. The Super Kings faced the tournament favorites Mumbai Indians on their home court in the final. Suresh Raina 57 (35) helped the Super Kings recover from 68/3 after 12 overs to 168/5 at the end of their 20 overs. Then, their spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Muralitharan confessed to just 41 ranks in the 8 overs bowled between them to help the Super Kings won the game by 22 ranks and secure their first ever IPL title. The Super Kings qualified for the 2010 Champions League Twenty20, which took place in South Africa.

In the Champions League, the Super Kings were placed in Group A and the champions of the Twenty20 competitions from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The Super Kings moved to the top of the group table with three wins and one Super Over loss against the Victorian Bushrangers. In the semifinals in Durban, the Super Kings defeated IPL rivals Royal Challengers Bangalore with 52 ranks. Raina won the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 94 off 48 balls. The Super Kings played their first CLT20 final in Johannesburg, where they beat the Chevrolet Warriors by 8 wickets and became the first IPL team to win the CLT20. In addition to winning the Man of the Match in the final for his 58th, Murali Vijay also won the Golden Bat for most ranks in the tournament and Ashwin, who was the leading wicket taker, was matched the series' player. At the end of the season, Matthew Hayden decided to retire from the IPL.

2011 - 2015: success and suspension

In 2011, when two new teams entered the IPL, the IPL Governing Council stated that each franchise could keep a maximum of four players from its squad, only three of which could be Indian players and the rest of the international players into the Mega auction would be placed. The Chennai franchise, which wants the same core players, kept Captain MS Dhoni, Vice-Captain Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay and all-rounder Albie Morkel for a total of $ 4.5 million. Keeping it left them with the power to spend only $ 4.5 million on the mega auction. At the auction, they bought back some of their star players from previous seasons such as Hussey, Ashwin, Bollinger and Subramaniam Badrinath. In the 2011 IPL they lost three of their first five games, which they placed at the bottom of the ten-team-point table. But then they went on to win seven of their next eight games to finish second and register a spot in the knockout stage. They faced the best-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the qualifying final, which they won with 6 wickets thanks to an unbeaten 73 from Suresh Raina. In the final, they faced the same opponents that were played on their home ground in Chepauk. Vijay and Hussey bet on a 133-run first-wicket partnership that has helped the Super Kings post a total of 205/5. Their bowlers limited Bangalore to just 147 to take the Super Kings to their second straight title in the IPL. Vijay was named the Man of the Match for its 95 sweepstakes. CSK also won all of their home games that season as the first team in IPL to achieve the feat. In the Champions League later that year, however, they only won one of their four group games and finished in the final.

In 2012, the franchise Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja signed for $ 2 million at the player auction. They got to a rather slow start to the regular season, winning only five of their first 12 games, which they in doubt about qualifying for the playoffs. Then they won three of their last four games and qualified for the playoffs with a better net run rate than the Royal Challengers, who also finished with the same number of points. In the Eliminator, they beat the Mumbai Indians by 38 places, before beating third-placed Delhi Daredevils in qualifying by 86 places. Murali Vijay, who hit his second IPL hundred (113 off 58 balls), won the Man of the Match. In the final, the Super Kings were defeated by 5 wickets by the Kolkata Knight Riders, who chased off the 191 target with two balls to deny the Super Kings a hat-trick of titles in the IPL. In the Champions League, they could not get beyond the group stage with two wins and two defeats.

In 2013, the Super Kings stepped up their bowling attack by signing five overseas and five Indian bowlers. In the IPL season they took first place in the points table with 11 wins from 16 games and qualified for the playoffs and 2013 CLT20. This marked the first time in six seasons that the Super Kings had topped the IPL league table. During the season they also matched Royal Challengers Bangalore's 2011 record for most consecutive wins in the IPL (7 wins in a row). In the first qualifier in Delhi against Mumbai Indians, the Super Kings wrote 192/1 in 20 overs riding on unbeaten half centuries from Hussey (86 * off 58 balls) and Raina (82 * off 42 balls) before bowling their opponents for 144 For the fourth time in a row they made it to the final of the IPL, where they would play the same opponents, Mumbai Indians, in Kolkata. In the end, batting first, the Mumbai Indians made 148/9 in their 20 overs. In response, the Super Kings were reduced to 39/6 in one phase before an unbeaten half-century from skipper Dhoni brought them close to the target. However, Mumbai Indians won the game by 23 runs to win their first IPL title. Super Kings opening batsman Michael Hussey, who averaged 733 runs this season out of an average of 52, won the Orange Cap for most runs of the season, while all-rounder Dwayne Bravo won the Purple Cap for bagging the most wickets (32). The Super Kings were able to qualify directly for the CLT20 2013, which took place in India from September to October. They were placed in Group B alongside Brisbane Heat, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Titans and Trinidad & Tobago. They won their first three games before losing the final group game to Trinidad & Tobago. With 12 points from four games, the Super Kings reached the semifinals, where they suffered a 14-run defeat by the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.

In 2014, before the players' mega auction, Chennai kept Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin and Bravo. The custody left them a 21 crores handbag to hand out at auction. At the auction, the franchise bought Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, among others. The first phase of the IPL season, which coincided with the general election, took place in the UAE. The second phase returned to India, but the Super Kings home games were relocated from Chennai to the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi due to "a dead end between stadium authorities and state administration". The Super Kings started the season with an opening game loss, after which they went on to win eight of their next nine games to take first place on the points table. However, they suffered a loss of form towards the end of the regular season, which resulted in three consecutive losses. They won their last league game and finished third in the points table, qualifying for the eliminator against the fourth-placed Mumbai Indians. They won the Eliminator in Mumbai with 7 wickets and qualified for the qualifier. In the qualifier against Kings XI Punjab, the Super Kings won the throw and voted into field. Punjab went on to score 226/6 in their 20 overs. The Super Kings, in response, only managed 202/7 despite a 25-ball 87 from Raina. They crashed out of the IPL, but qualified for the main event of the CLT20 2014 due to the third place. In the group stage of the CLT20 the Super Kings won two games, lost one, while another game was not a result. So they finished second in the group table with 10 points and qualified for the semi-finals, where they met the unbeaten team of the other group, Kings XI Punjab. After being put in bat, the Super Kings posted 182/7 in 20 overs thanks to Bravo who scored a 39-ball 67. Then their bowlers reduced Punjab to 34/6 in the eighth over before bowling them for 117. At the final in Bangalore, the Super Kings faced the IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders, who set them a goal of 181 in 20 overs. Raina led the run with an unbeaten 109 off 62 balls and helped the team to an eight-fight victory and their second CLT20 title. Super Kings spinner Pawan Negi, who won the Man of the Match 5/22 during Kolkata innings, and Raina, who finished as the tournament's highest run-getter, was named Man of the Tournament.

In 2015, before the players' auction, Chennai Super Kings gave away Ben Hilfenhaus, John Hastings, Vijay Shankar and David Hussey. At auction they bought Michael Hussey back for 1.5 crores. They also bought Kyle Abbott, Irfan Pathan, Andrew Tye, Eklavya Dwivedi, AnkushBains, Pratyush Singh, and Rahul Sharma. They lost to Mumbai in the final.

2018 - present

Before the players mega auction, Chennai Super Kings retained Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina & Ravindra Jadeja. In addition, Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo were brought back to the side with RTM. The return of the Super Kings to the IPL caused a great deal of celebration and fanfare among fans, with a crowd in excess of 10,000 showing up for practice at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai prior to the start of the tournament.

Chennai's campaign began with an exciting win over the Mumbai Indians in the first game of the season. With their first home game in Chennai, the Kings managed to chase a target of 202 set by the Kolkata Knight Riders, aided by a half-century quickfire by Sam Billings. The team then went on to lose Kings XI Punjab at Mohali but bounced back by winning three straight games against the Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Super Kings next eight games resulted in them alternating between wins and losses, beating the Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils and the Riight Knata KnKata lost. The league stage ended with the Super Kings in second place behind the Sunrisers. Chennai then went on to post-back-to-back wins against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first qualifying and in the final, winning the Indian Premier League for the third time since the tournament began.

Three of the five centuries scored in the 2018 season were by players from the Chennai Super Kings (Ambati Rayudu 100 * and Shane Watson 106, 117 *). The Super Kings also became the first team to defeat an opposing team (Sunrisers Hyderabad) four times in one season.

In 2019, the Super Kings became the first team to qualify for the playoffs. They moved into the final of the IPL for the eighth time in the league. In the end, batting first, the Mumbai Indians made 149/8 in their 20 overs. In response, the Super Kings were able to make just a little bit of Mumbai overall 148/7 and lost the title. Super Kings' Star Bowler of the Season Imran Tahir, who took 26 wickets, won the Purple Cap for bagging the most wickets.

At home

The home of the Super Kings is the historic M. A. Chidambaram Stadium (commonly known as "Chepauk") located in Chennai. The stadium is named after the former BCCI President M. A.Chidambaram. It is the oldest stadium in India that is in continuous use. The stadium is owned by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and has a seating capacity of 50,000 as of May 2013. In 2010 the stadium underwent a major renovation to host some of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup games. The seating capacity was increased from 36,000 to 50,000 and three new stands were built in the course of this renovation.

The Super Kings have a 67.44% win record at this location often referred to as "Fortress Chepauk" and "Lions' den". In the 2011 season, the Super Kings won all home games (8 games) including the final against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Super Kings became the first team to win all home games in one season and also the first team to win the tournament at home.

In 2014, Chennai Super Kings played all of their home games at Ranchi due to problems with the Tamil Nadu government.

In 2018, Chennai Super Kings managed to play a lone home game against Kolkata Knight Riders as members of several political parties staging protests outside the stadium, as well as several parts of Chennai, demanded the IPL games be moved out of town the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) was set up as the highest court. Despite the tight security for the game against KKR, the Chennai Police expressed their inability to secure enough on-site personnel to ensure the smooth running of the remaining games. The remaining six home games of Chennai Super Kings have been moved from Chennai. Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune has been selected to host the remaining six Chennai Super Kings home games.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was the captain of the Indian limited-over team in 2008, was bought by the Super Kings for $ 1.5 million at the 2008 auction. He was the most expensive player in the IPL until 2009 when the Super Kings signed English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff for $ 1.55 million. Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the IPL, having led the Super Kings to eight finals, three of which the team won.

Vice-captain of the team from 2008 to 2015 was Suresh Raina. Raina holds multiple IPL records like most caps, most runs, and most catches. Australian batsman Michael Hussey has the best batting average for the Super Kings. He was the first Super Kings batsman to score a century in the IPL. After Matthew Hayden's retirement in 2010, Hussey took his place as the opening batsman and was the team's leading run-scorer in the 2011 and 2013 seasons. Murali Vijay, who played for the team from 2009 to 2013, is the first Indian batsman to score two centuries in the IPL. Super Kings spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has the third best economy rate in IPL (6.53) and is the leading wicket taker for the team.

Team identity

Team name, logo design, coat of arms and colors

The Chennai franchise named the team as Chennai Super Kings to honor the rulers of the Tamil Empire. The word "super" is used in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. The team name is also derived from the "Coromandel King" brand from India Cements.

The team logo shows the head of a roaring lion in orange and the team name in blue. The crown above the team name is the same as in the Coromandel King brand logo. According to the logo designers, since the lion is the king of the jungle, the roaring lion logo reflects the team name. The details of the logo signify various qualities such as youth, liveliness, solid achievement orientation and fiery spirit.

The team's primary color is yellow with blue and orange stripes on either side of the shirt. The jersey also features the roaring lion logo in the center of the shirt below the main sponsor Muthoot Group's logo. The basic look of the shirt has remained unchanged from season one, with the exception of sponsor placement. Kit manufacturer was until 2014 Reebok and from 2015 the Australian clothing and sports equipment manufacturer Spartan will be producing kits for the team.

Theme song

The team's theme song is the "Whistle Podu"by Aravind - Shankar (duo of Aravind Murali and Jaishankar Iyer). Although the track was created only for YouTube in 2008, it gained popularity in the 2009 season and later became the team's theme song. The video of the song represents the street Dance form of dappangutthu which is very popular with certain communities in Tamil Nadu. It is also a folk dance and music genre that is engaged in Tamil cinema. The recordings of some Super Kings players whistling were used in the music video.

Kit and sponsors

Škoda Auto has signed a deal for the main sponsor for 2021. Muthoot Group was a major shirt sponsor, signing a three-year deal in 2018. Telecom service provider Aircel was the previous shirt sponsor after signing a three-year deal in 2008, which was then extended for $ 850 million in 2011, the most expensive sponsorship deal in IPL at the time. The team also has sponsorship deals with India Cements, Gulf Oil, Equitas Small Finance Bank, HIL, NipponPaint, Parle AgroFrooti and Atria Convergence Technologies.


Overall results

Last updated: November 1st, 2020

  • Abandoned games are counted as NR (no result)
  • Super over or limit wins or losses are counted as tied.

Source: ESPNcricinfo

Support and fan

The Super Kings have a huge fan all over India, colloquially known as the "Yellow Army". The team has an official fan club called "Whistle Podu Army", which was founded in January 2016 after the team was suspended from IPL. In 2018 and 2019, over 10,000 fans signed up to watch the team's exercises. After the team's home games were relocated to Pune in 2018, the Super Kings management arranged a charter train between Chennai and Pune as well as free accommodation for more than 1,000 fans of the team.

Rivalry with Mumbai Indians

Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have played against each other more often than any other team in the IPL. They are the two most successful IPL teams and are often referred to as "Big Spender" at the player auction. The two sides met four times in the final of the IPL, with Mumbai winning three times and Chennai once. Super Kings have a better head-to-head record against any other team in IPL except Mumbai. The rivalry is often referred to as IPL's El Clasico.

Brand equity

Chennai Super Kings was ranked the Most Valuable Brand by Brand Finance with 65 million after completing the 2018 IPL. The Economic Times hired Brand Finance to brand the IPL as well as each of the eight franchise teams (which were raised to 10 in 2011). Chennai Super Kings were rated the "Most Valuable Team" in the Indian Premier League in 2010 - 11, with a brand value of $ 100 million (approximately 2.24 billion). In February 2013, London-based Brand Finance rated the top 150 most valuable teams in the world, with Chennai Super Kings ranked 147th, valued at $ 46 million, just behind the Mumbai Indians.


Until September 2008, the BCCI regulation, section 6.2.4 stated that "no administrator can directly or indirectly have any commercial interest in the games or events organized by the board of directors". However, N. Srinivasan, who was then treasurer and vice chairman of the BCCI, became de facto Owner of the Chennai Super Kings as he was Managing Director of India Cements. Former President of the BCCI A. C. Muthiah wrote to the BCCI about the violation of this clause in 2008, but the BCCI made no response. In September 2008, Muthiah went to the Madras High Court to prevent the BCCI from allowing Srinivasan to attend the General Assembly at which the election was to take place. However, the lawsuit was dismissed by the High Court and the following day Srinivasan was elected secretary of the BCCI. The clause has been changed to "No administrator may, directly or indirectly, have a commercial interest in any of the BCCI events other than IPL, Champions League and Twenty20". Muthiah then moved to the Supreme Court, which delivered a split judgment in April 2011. Later in August 2011, Muthiah filed another petition to prevent Srinivasan from assuming the office of President of the BCCI, but the Supreme Court rejected the petition and Srinivasan was elected President of the BCCI.

In 2011, the owners of other teams were concerned about the possible manipulation that could have taken place at the IPL auctions. Nita Ambani, the owner of Mumbai Indians, questioned the changing order of the players just before the auction started. Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi accused Srinivasan of twisting him and rigging the 2009 IPL auction to ensure English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was bought by the Chennai Super Kings, while it was refuted by Srinivasan.

In May 2013, Gurunath Meiyappan, Srinivasan's son-in-law, was arrested by Mumbai police on charges of placing bets on IPL games. Meiyappan, who was the team leader of the Super Kings, was summoned by Mumbai police and during interrogation it was found that Meiyappan was in contact with bookstores through actor Vindu Dara Singh. Subsequently, on June 2, 2013, Srinivasan decided to temporarily step aside as BCCI President until the investigation into the betting case was concluded. In February 2014, the three-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court of India inquired into the betting process and charged Meiyappan with illegal betting during the 2013 IPL.

On March 25, 2014, the Indian Supreme Court issued an ultimatum to the BCCI demanding that Srinivasan either step down as president or be removed from office. On July 14, 2015, the RM Lodha Committee suspended the owners of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings from the Indian Premier League for a period of two years. On February 24, 2016, the Indian Supreme Court agreed to plead for the lifting of the ban on the Chennai Super Kings.


Current squad

  • Players with international caps are fat listed.
  • means a player who is not currently available for selection.
  • means a player who is unavailable for the remainder of the season.

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Administrative and support staff


Results overview

According to the season

Last updated: November 1st, 2020

  • 1 Tied Game - CSK lost in a tiebreaker to One-Over-Eliminator ("Super Over")
  • Tied + Win - Counted as Win and Tied + Loss - Counted as Loss
  • NR shows no result

By objection

Last updated: July 25, 2020

Overall result in CLT20

Last updated: December 19, 2018

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