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On the plus side, Chennai have managed to keep hold of the majority of the star players who have helped the franchise reach the final of IPL in each of the past two seasons, including the likes of Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin.
If you also add on new signings of the calibre of Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum, as well as West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree, then you can see just why many experts believe the Super Kings will make it a case of third time lucky this time around after being runners-up in each of the previous two competitions.
However, if there is one obvious area of weakness in their squad this year, then it is their meagre fast-bowling resources, with the Chennai-based franchise having just added the likes of Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Ishwar Pandey and Ben Hilfenhaus.
Overall batting strength: A
Overall bowling strength: B -