IPL: Best Chennai Super Kings (CSK) XI of the decade

IPL: Best Chennai Super Kings (CSK) XI of the decade

CSK are the three-time IPL champions and have had a number of prominent names representing them over the years.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo: IANS)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been the second-most successful team in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after the defending champions Mumbai Indians. Winning three titles in ten years speaks volumes of the dominance of the team in this tournament.

CSK has managed to reach the playoffs in each edition of the league and played eight IPL finals out of ten. The Yellow Army are also the only team to successfully defend their IPL title with their successive victories in 2010 and 2011. Dominance and success are synonyms that can describe this franchise in the IPL.

The team has produced a lot of young stars who made it big in the national team. The likes of Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Suresh Raina were immensely benefitted due to their presence and performances in the yellow outfit.

The 12th edition of the tournament could well be the last time CSK and IPL witness ‘Thala’ Dhoni, the adopted son of Chennai and Tamil Nadu leading the yellow army. A team fondly called as ‘Daddy’s Army’ for having a squad where the average age is 32 years. That although hasn’t stopped them from performing like they can. They went on to win the IPL in 2018 and came tantalisingly close to repeating that but were stopped by Lasith Malinga– something that would still be fresh in every CSKian’s mind and hearts.

In the last ten years, despite being banned for two years, CSK was one of the most widely followed IPL franchises. There have been a number of players who performed consistently for Chennai throughout the past ten years.

Let’s take a look at CSK’s team of the decade in the IPL: –

1. Michael Hussey

Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Australian middle-order batsman, Mike Hussey or ‘Mr Cricket’  was a regular for CSK at the top of the order during the early half of this decade. Hussey was a consistent performer for the Chennai-based franchise and was even a part of the two title-winning teams in 2010 and 2011.

His opening partnership in 2011, alongside Murali Vijay, was an instant hit as the duo helped CSK defend the title. The Australian scored a whopping 2213 runs at an average close to 41 for CSK. ‘Mr.Cricket’ has the best score of 116* and was even the Orange Cap holder in the sixth edition of the IPL, where he amassed a total of 733 runs.

Since 2010, Hussey scored 1600 runs in 46 appearances for the franchise with a personal best of 95. In his debut game in the IPL, the left-handed batsman became only the second player to score a century in the league against Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2008.

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