The IPL governing council had asked all the franchises to submit the list of their retained players by January 4 and the franchise’s official Twitter handle confirmed the news on Thursday. Posting the trio’s jersey number, the franchise tweeted:
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 4, 2018
Both Dhoni and Raina were with the franchise since the inaugural season in 2008 before the Chennai-based outfit along with Rajasthan Royals was suspended for a couple of years in 2015 on corruption charges. Dhoni had led the side in all the seasons while Raina was one of the side’s standout performers as the franchise made it to a record six IPL finals and won two titles in addition to winning the now-scrapped Champions League T20.
Raina, who is currently out of the Indian team, has been one of the most consistent batsmen in the first ten years of IPL, scoring a staggering 4,540 runs in 161 matches. He and Dhoni had formed a vital partnership during their stint at Super Kings and the result was there for all to see. After the suspension, Raina was signed by Gujarat Lions while Dhoni had joined Rising Pune Supergiant.
On the other hand, Jadeja joined the Chennai-based franchise in 2012 after plying his trade for Rajasthan Royals and now defunct Kochi Tuskers. In the last two years, Jadeja plied his trade for Gujarat Lions.
Some notable names who have not been retained by the franchise are Brendon McCullum, Ravichandran Ashwin and Dwayne Bravo. However, the team will have the option to buy two of them during the auction with Right To Match (RTM) cards. According to the retention policy, the franchises can retain a maximum of five players by virtue of a combination of player retention and right-to-match (RTM) cards (during the auction).
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