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IPL 2018: Dwayne Bravo extends courtesy to CSK after being retained

I'm happy, blessed and honoured to be retained by the Chennai Super Kings.

Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo of Trinbago Knight Riders. (Photo by Randy Brooks – CPL T20 via Getty Images)

Returning after serving a 2-year ban, Chennai Super Kings looked to start anew in the dawn of another decade of the IPL. As expected, the franchise retained the services of three Indians prior to the auctions- MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and Ravindra Jadeja. To this, they added their talismanic all-rounder Dwayne Bravo by using the RTM.

Bravo turned out for CSK between 2011 and 2015, scoring 706 runs and taking 79 wickets. The CSK emerged as one of the most successful franchises in the opening decade by winning the IPL twice, finishing runners-up on four occasions and qualifying for the Playoffs in all eight seasons between 2008 and 2015.

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West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo also expressed his happiness after getting retained by Chennai Super Kings at Rs 6.40 crore during IPL player auction in Bengaluru last weekend. According to news outlet Mykhel, the all-rounder was quoted saying, “I’m happy, blessed and honoured to be retained by the Chennai Super Kings.

He added, “Personally, it is the best franchise that I have ever played for and I’m looking forward to it and meeting up with our captain MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, (Ravindra) Jadeja and also to the newcomers who are now going to be new members of our family.”

CSK have shaped up a lethal team for the upcoming season

The Lions pieced together their core set of players and then picked a heady mix of experience and youth to return with a 25-man squad bristling with talent. The squad comprises eight batsmen, seven all-rounders, and 10 bowlers.

Towering South Africa pacer Lungi Ngidi, who decimated India in the recent Test series will be making his IPL debut in the CSK jersey this year. Proteas skipper Faf Du Plessis will also once again don the yellow outfit after the franchise used the Right to Match card on him. KXIP bought him for Rs 1.6 Cr but CSK trumped them by using their RTM card.

After an intense battle between DD, CSK and RCB, all-rounder Shane Watson finally joins the ranks of Chennai Super Kings for Rs 4 Cr. Watson will strengthen the middle order and provide stability to Dhoni’s team with more than 100 IPL appearances under his belt.

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