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Chennai Super Kings: Year by Year Performance in IPL

Chennai Super Kings, the most successful team in Indian Premier League, has changed the direction of IPL. The yellow team has gained popularity and built a huge fan base with its attractive cricketing skills. Not only this but the team is also referred to as the “Yellow Army”. 

The five-time winner Chennai Super Kings has attracted the trophy in 2010, 2011, 2018, 2021, and 2023. With the teamwork and the players’ hard work, it was all possible. This article will cover everything that you want to know about Chennai Super Kings.

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About CSK – The King of IPL

NicknameCSK, King of IPL
LeagueIndian Premier League
CaptainMahendra Singh Dhoni
CoachStephen Fleming
OwnerIndia Cements
Team information
CityChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Founded2008; 13 years ago
Home groundM. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Secondary home ground(s)JSCA International Stadium Complex, RanchiMaharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Indian Premier League wins3 (2010, 2011, 2018)
CLT20 wins2 (2010, 2014)

Chennai Super Kings History

IPL has come a long way. Even with the years of fame, it is relatively new for the viewers. The first auction was hosted in January 2008. It was the time when the concept of IPL was new to everyone. MS Dhoni became the most expensive player of the session with 1.5 million dollars value. The list had astounding players from all around the world. Players like Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Stephen Fleming were brought together to play from the side of CSK.

The first match of Chennai Super Kings was held on April 19 2008 against Kings XI Punjab. Cheers to the hard work put in by the team, CSK won its first-ever match of IPL. It scored 240 at 5 wickets in 20 overs, 33 more than the opponent team. The team, under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, entered the finals but lost to Rajasthan Royals.

Some of the best players of CSK like Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, are Dwayne Bravo stick to the team by IPL 2023. The team might have lost some of its players in the years but they found the alternatives quickly. Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh are the top players of CSK at times. 

The work of MS Dhoni is easily visible. Even during the tough times, he never left CSK’s side. The cool captain with his team earned the IPL titles four times. CSK also won the Champions League T20 twice, in 2010 and 2014. 

CSK – Chennai Super Kings Brand Value

IPL was started in 2008 and Chennai Super Kings became the fourth most expensive team in the league after Mumbai, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. India Cements gathered the rights of Chennai Super Kings for 98 million dollars(676 crores). The contract was signed for 10 years. Former ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan was the owner as he was also the managing director of India Cements.

Furthermore, the team went through various downs during these years. The franchise was transferred to a separate entity named Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd. when the Supreme Court of India struck down the controversial amendment to the BCCI constitution. It revoked the board officials to have a commercial interest in the IPL and Champions League twenty20.

In May 2013, Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of Srinivasan, was arrested on charges of placing bets on IPL matches. He was a part of the CSK and it didn’t stop there. Later in February 2014, the three appointed by the Supreme Court of India enquired Meiyappan for illegal betting during the 2013 IPL. It created issues and the CSK squad was banned for a couple of years, i.e., 2016 and 2017. However, the team returned in 2018 as the ban was lifted.

2008 IPL : CSK near perfect start

The Chennai Super Kings, under the leadership of the enigmatic MS Dhoni, roared into the IPL’s debut season with a bang. Setting the tournament alight with the highest total of 240/5, they displayed their firepower early. Raina’s consistency and the experience of veterans like Matthew Hayden and Muttiah Muralitharan provided a strong foundation. Despite mid-season stumbles, CSK clawed their way back with clinical victories, reaching the finals. However, a last-ball heartbreak against the Rajasthan Royals left them as runners-up. Though they couldn’t cross the finish line, CSK’s fighting spirit and glimpses of brilliance promised a future filled with yellow

2009 IPL: regroup for another challenge

In 2009, CSK introduced the team to the new player. Andrew Flintoff was an English all-rounder and was bought with the amount of 1.55 million dollars. His participation worked only in 3 matches, as he got injured heavily and couldn’t participate in the game. The IPL was shifted to South Africa due to the General Elections and the Super Kings reached the semifinals. The team couldn’t make it to the finals doe the second time. 

Royal Challengers Banglore, in the captaincy of Anil Kumble, beat the Super Kings in the semifinals. Matthew Hayden became the player of the season for his excellent performance with 572 runs in 12 innings. 

2010 IPL: CSK Wins first title

Chennai Super Kings encountered in the 2010 season. However, the start of the season was a little hampering. The team only won 2 out of 7 matches. But the participation of Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina became the game-changer for the CSK, and helped to win the next 4 games out of 5. Doug Bollinger spelled his magic into the bowling and took 4 wickets by giving only 13 runs in four overs. The team defeated Deccan Charges in the semifinals. For the first time, CSK won the finals against Mumbai Indians by 22 runs. 

2011 IPL: CSK completes successful title defense

The 2011 IPL belonged to Chennai Super Kings. Dhoni’s men, despite the addition of two new teams, displayed remarkable consistency. Matthew Hayden’s explosive starts found able support in the middle-order duo of Raina and Vijay. Ashwin’s crafty spin and a well-rounded bowling attack proved a potent combination.

Their biggest strength? Fortress Chepauk. CSK became the first team to win all their home matches, culminating in a thrilling final victory over RCB. A well-deserved title defense, and a testament to Dhoni’s exceptional leadership.

The Chennai franchise secured MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, and Albie Morkel for the 2011 season. The team also welcomed Mike Hussey, R Ashwin, Doug Bolinger, and Subramaniam Badrinath at the auction. When the qualifying final arrived, CSK faced Royal Challengers Banglore and defeated them by 6 wickets. 

2012 IPL: Disappointing season for CSK

The two-time champions, Chennai Super Kings, entered IPL 2012 aiming for a hat-trick. However, their title defense was a rollercoaster ride. Inconsistency plagued their batting, with only Suresh Raina (441 runs) finding consistent form. Ravindra Jadeja, their big auction buy, provided glimpses of brilliance with both bat and ball.

Despite early wobbles, MS Dhoni’s men displayed remarkable fighting spirit. They clawed their way back from the brink of elimination thrice in the league stage. The team faced several opponents and played against Kolkata Knight Riders, led by Gautam Gambhir, in the finals. Unfortunately, Knight Riders chased the target of 191 runs, set by CSK and the team lost the match.

Chennai after the astounding winning of CSK, the team welcomed Ravindra Jadeja for the amount of 2 million dollars. With a slow start, Super Kings took the pace with the time in the 2012 tournament.

2013 IPL: Misfortune continues for CSK

In 2013, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) reached the IPL finals by finishing on top of the table for the first time in six years. They had a remarkable winning streak, matching the record set by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011 with seven consecutive wins. However, in the finals against Mumbai Indians, despite captain Dhoni’s unbeaten half-century, CSK fell short of the target, and Mumbai Indians won by 23 runs, claiming their first-ever IPL title.

Classic CSK! Dhoni’s men dominated the league stage in 2013, topping the table with 11 wins. Hussey’s classy batting and Bravo’s all-round brilliance were at the heart of their success. Raina, ever the dependable middle-order force, chipped in consistently. Their bowling attack, bolstered by new recruits, was a force. But the big night, the IPL final, saw them falter against Mumbai Indians. Pollard’s power hitting proved too much to handle, leaving them heartbroken as runners-up. A strong showing nonetheless, but the trophy remained elusive.

2014 IPL: CSK’s Playoff Woes strike again

Chennai Super Kings continued their reign of consistency in IPL 2014, finishing a strong third in the group stages under MS Dhoni’s leadership. Dwayne Smith emerged as their top scorer with a flurry of sixes, while Mohit Sharma’s swing bowling earned him the Purple Cap.

Raina, the eternal Mr. IPL, smashed a few quickfire knocks, even becoming the first player to 3,000 runs. However, their playoff journey ended in heartbreak. Despite Raina’s valiant 87 in Qualifier 2, Kings XI Punjab proved too strong. Though they fell short of the trophy, CSK’s fighting spirit and individual brilliance left their mark on the 2014 season.

Before the mega-auction, CSK retained key players like Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, and Bravo. At the auction, they added players like Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis, Ashish Nehra, and Mohit Sharma to their squad.

2015 IPL: The Curse of IPL Finals for CSK

Dhoni’s men were a well-oiled machine in 2015. The top order clicked with McCullum’s explosiveness and Hussey’s grit providing a solid foundation. Bravo, once again, emerged as their purple cap hero with his clever death bowling. Raina, the eternal Mr. IPL, was his usual consistent self in the middle-order. But the story almost had a different ending.

CSK dominated the league stage, finishing top of the table. Their bowling attack, spearheaded by the wily Ashish Nehra, proved watertight. However, they fell short at the final hurdle, losing to Mumbai Indians in a heart-wrenching finish. Despite the disappointment, CSK served another reminder of their IPL pedigree in 2015.

2018 IPL: Chennai Super Kings complete dream comeback

After a two-year hiatus, the Chennai Super Kings returned to the IPL in 2018 with a vengeance. Their batting firepower was on full display, with Ambati Rayudu leading the charge (602 runs) and Shane Watson providing two sensational ratusan (centuries). Raina, the left-handed maestro, was typically consistent.

Bowling woes were addressed by the emergence of Shardul Thakur, who picked up 16 wickets with his pace. Despite a venue shift due to protests, Dhoni’s men displayed exceptional resolve, culminating in their third IPL title – a testament to their champion mentality.

Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) returned in 2018 by keeping their main players. In the group stage, they finished second, with the Sunrisers Hyderabad leading. CSK played against Sunrisers in both the qualifier and the final, winning both matches and clinching the trophy for the third time.

2019 IPL: Curse of Final strikes again

In the 2019 IPL season, things didn’t go well for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). They started strong and were the first team to make it to the playoffs, but their luck changed. In the final match, Mumbai Indians batted first and scored 149/8 in 20 overs. CSK, chasing the target, fell just one run short, making 148/7. Despite their earlier success, CSK ended up losing the title in the final.

2020 IPL: A season to forget for CSK

In 2020, the Indian Premier League (IPL) had to move to the United Arab Emirates because of the COVID-19 situation. Unfortunately, it was a tough season for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), led by M.S. Dhoni. They didn’t perform well and were the first team to get knocked out of the tournament. This was unusual for CSK because, in the 10 previous seasons they played, they always made it to the knockout stage. It was a season they’d probably prefer to forget but also learn from.

2021 IPL: Chennai Super Kings win fourth title

The Chennai Super Kings, the kings of consistency in the IPL, surprised everyone in 2021 with a rollercoaster ride. They roared out of the gates, led by the orange cap-wearing Ruturaj Gaikwad’s flamboyance and Faf du Plessis’s experience. MS Dhoni, the captain cool himself, looked revitalized with the bat, while the evergreen Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with crucial all-round displays.

Their bowling attack, spearheaded by the swing of Deepak Chahar and the guile of Shardul Thakur, stifled opposition batsmen. They were the first team to qualify for the playoffs, a testament to their early dominance.

But then came the cracks. Injuries and a sudden dip in form saw them lose their last three league matches. Questions were raised about their middle order’s inconsistency. Despite reaching the Qualifier 1, their campaign ended with a whimper against Delhi Capitals.

Overall, CSK’s IPL 2021 was a story of unfulfilled potential. They had the team, the experience, and the momentum, but couldn’t quite cross the finish line. Whether they can recapture their winning ways in the upcoming season will be a question that will keep fans on the edge of their seats.

2022 IPL: CSK fails to qualify for Playoffs

The yellow juggernaut stuttered early in IPL 2022. A shock first four-match losing streak, the absence of the legendary Suresh Raina, and a brief experiment with Ravindra Jadeja’s captaincy all threatened to derail their title defense. Questions swirled around MS Dhoni’s waning powers and the team’s aging core.

But Chennai Super Kings, as they’ve done so often, displayed remarkable resilience. Ruturaj Gaikwad continued his blazing form at the top, while veterans like Dwayne Bravo rolled back the years with his evergreen death bowling. MS Dhoni, returning to the captaincy, steadied the ship with his tactical nous and characteristic finishing power. They ended the season at the 9th position on the points table.

2023 IPL: Chennai clinches record equalling fifth title

After a forgettable 2022, Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings scripted a remarkable comeback in IPL 2023. They weren’t the most dominant force, but their brand of gritty cricket saw them through. The big story was Ruturaj Gaikwad’s resurgence. The young opener silenced his critics with a string of fifties, providing a solid foundation at the top. In the middle order, the gamble on Ben Stokes paid off. His all-round brilliance, especially his power-hitting in the death overs, was a key factor.

While MS Dhoni’s batting might not have set the stage on fire, his captaincy was immaculate. His astute bowling changes and field placements proved crucial on numerous occasions. Spin twins Jadeja and Tahir continued to be their trump cards, bamboozling batsmen with their variations. Deepak Chahar’s return from injury bolstered the pace attack, and the emergence of Mukesh Choudhary as a death-bowling specialist added depth.

Overall, CSK’s triumph wasn’t about individual brilliance, but a collective effort. They plugged the gaps from the previous season, found the right combinations, and peaked at the right time. Their victory against Gujarat Titans in the rain-affected final was a testament to their resilience, a quality that has become synonymous with the Chennai Super Kings.


How many IPL titles has Chennai Super Kings won?

The CSK team has won a total of 5 IPL titles in the history of the tournament. They are currently the joint highest IPL title holders along with Mumbai Indians.

How many years were Chennai Super Kings banned from IPL?

CSK was banned from the IPL for two years, in 2015 and 2016. While the official decision came in 2015, the actual ban period covered the following two seasons

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