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Here's a team that believed in balance and the tried and tested in this year's auctions. And why not? They are the most successful team so far in the IPL, they have the best captain in the world in Dhoni, possibly one of the best T20 players in Suresh Raina and the best "new ball spinner" in Ravichandran Ashwin. When we look at this team, it shows a sense of calm. Doug Bollinger looked doubtful for this year's IPL, so they went out and got Tim Southee, one of the more impressive bowlers in the World Cup. With a calm management and a set of players who have more or less already gelled, the Chennai Super Kings look favorites again to win the IPL crown.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Captain Cool. It took guts to play the innings he played in the World Cup Final, and with Dhoni at the helm, you can almost certainly expect Super Kings to make it to the knockout stages. Was his last ball six in the World Cup symbolism of the destruction he is going to cause to the opposition in this year's IPL?
He has the highest amount of runs in the IPL as a whole, and is quite the perfect T20 player. His batting shows a mix of aggresion and consolidation, he is a brilliant fielder and a very handy bowler. If Raina clicks in all departments, there are few doubts that Super Kings can go all the way.
The only complaint that you can have with this Super Kings side is that they lot a tad too top-heavy. A lot of impetus will be on Ashwin as the spearhead of their bowling attack, and he has rarely disappointed. The World Cup achievement will only make him more determined.
What faith the South African selectors haven't shown, the Chennai Super Kings management have shown in abundance. He is the only foreign player to have been retained by a team who is not currently playing for their international side, and for good reason. Albie Morkel can hit sixes at will, and his bowling will be very important to the Super Kings as they look a little weak bowling wise.