Chennai Super Kings kept their record intact of reaching the playoff stages in the all Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons they have played. However, they stopped one step away from lifting the title in consecutive years as they went down against Mumbai Indians by one run at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Although the MS Dhoni-led side reached the finals of the tournament, but they were not at their personal best. They finished the competition in the second spot and had to play two Qualifier games to progress to the finals. Meanwhile, this edition witnessed Imran Tahir and Deepak Chahar rule the tournament with their impeccable display of bowling.
Chahar finished with 22 wickets while the veteran Chennai Super Kings leg-spinner finished with 26 wickets to win the Purple Cap.
Here is the squad rating of Chennai Super Kings:
SHANE WATSON (5/10)
Shane Watson has had a relatively poor IPL but MS Dhoni backed the former Aussie cricketer, and he showed his exploits in the playoffs. Watson played a valiant knock in the final scoring 80 runs but couldn’t take his side over the rope. Watson has scored 398 runs from all the games in this season including three half-centuries which are quite below compared to his calibre.
FAF DU PLESSIS (6/10)
Faf du Plessis came into the playing XI after repeated failures from Ambati Rayudu. He made full use of the opportunity scoring 396 runs from 12 games and was at his best in playoff games. He scored at a good strike-rate and scored three fifties. Du Plessis gave Chennai a good start scoring 26 off just 13 balls, but it ended on the losing note as they lost to Mumbai Indians by a solitary run.
SURESH RAINA (4/10)
Suresh Raina has been the best servant of Chennai Super Kings since the inception of IPL in 2008. However, the veteran cricketer has gone past his golden days which was evident in this season. He has been very inconsistent despite scoring 383 runs from 17 matches but has failed to stand up due to crunch situations including the final.
AMBATI RAYUDU (3/10)
Ambati Rayudu had a very poor outing for the Chennai Super Kings which compelled the management to demote him in the batting order. The veteran batsman managed to score only 282 runs from 17 matches and has been relatively inconsistent for the franchise. MS Dhoni offered a lot of backing, but Rayudu failed to live upto the expectations.
MS DHONI (9/10)
MS Dhoni has been scintillating for the Chennai Super Kings and has led the side from the front. Apart from his brilliance in leading the team, Dhoni was in superlative form with the bat. He has scored 416 runs from 15 matches at a staggering average of 83.20 including three fifties. His form with the bat will certainly be a good sign for the Indian National Cricket team ahead of the mega tournament.
KEDAR JADHAV (3.5/10)
Kedar Jadhav had a very average tournament before bowing out midway due to injury. The all-rounder could only manage 169 runs from 14 matches at an average of 18 which will cast doubts over his place in the World Cup squad.
DWAYNE BRAVO (5/10)
Dwayne Bravo had a very mediocre tournament going by his standards. The experienced Windies all-rounder featured in 12 games for the Chennai Super Kings claiming only 11 wickets and scoring 80 runs at an average of only 16. Bravo’s brilliance in this format has finally started to fade with his growing age.
RAVINDRA JADEJA (5.5/10)
Ravindra Jadeja had a good outing in the IPL ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. He has scored runs and also picked crucial wickets to justify his selection. Jadeja picked 15 wickets from 16 games and also score 105 runs to contribute to the team’s success.
HARBHAJAN SINGH (7/10)
Harbhajan Singh has done wonders in this season for the Chennai Super Kings bowling in the powerplays. The veteran off-spinner has been economical throughout the season and picked 16 wickets from 11 matches giving useful breakthroughs in the first six overs. Although he went wicketless in the finals, Harbhajan kept things tight from one end to build on the pressure.
MITCHELL SANTNER (4/10)
Mitchell Santner had a fair time in India showing his abilities in whatever limited opportunities that came his way. The all-rounder from New Zealand chipped in with four wickets from four matches and was economical and scored 32 runs with the highest score of 22.
DHRUV SHOREY (1/10)
The Delhi-based batsman, Dhruv Shorey got only game replacing MS Dhoni who was out due to a slight niggle. However, the 26-year-old failed to impress as he could manage to score only five runs and since then had to sit out.
SCOTT KUGGELEIJN (2/10)
Coming in as a replacement for Lungi Ngidi, Scott Kuggeleijn got only two games in this season. The Kiwi fast bowler was expensive giving away 8.87 runs per over and claiming only two wickets in the two matches he played.
SHARDUL THAKUR (4.5/10)
Shardul Thakur had an average tournament but starred in the final against Mumbai Indians. He picked two crucial wickets to contain Mumbai to 149 runs, but it went in vain as Chennai Super Kings lost the match by one run. Thakur has bagged eight wickets from ten games in this season at an economy rate of 9.36.
DEEPAK CHAHAR (8.5/10)
Deepak Chahar has been a revelation in the last two seasons. MS Dhoni has bestowed responsibilities on him, and the fast bowler has responded well by picking 22 wickets from 17 games at an economy rate of 7.47. Chahar has grown as a cricketer and will be looking for a place in the national side.
IMRAN TAHIR (9.5/10)
Imran Tahir has done a splendid job for the runners-up. The 40-year-old leg-spinner returned with 26 wickets – the highest of the season and proved to be a match-winner for the Chennai Super Kings throughout the season.
MURALI VIJAY (4/10)
Murali Vijay played two matches for Chennai Super Kings in this edition of IPL. The veteran India cricketer scored 64 runs with the highest score of 38 which went into the losing cause.
KARN SHARMA (1/10)
The veteran leg-spinner played only one match in the recently concluded IPL season. Karn Sharma returned with one for 33 in that game and never got an opportunity.
MOHIT SHARMA (1/10)
Mohit Sharma played only one match in the entire season returning with one wicket going at an economy of nine runs per over. He would hope to come back stronger in the next season.