5. Lungi Ngidi

The South African speedster, who can hit 140 kmph consistently, was not a regular member of CSK’s playing XI but whenever he got an opportunity, Lungi Ngidi delivered. Since his debut with CSK, the pacer has bowled some fiery spells and in no time, became the go-to bowler for Dhoni in the 2018 edition.

4. Josh Hazlewood

Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood is known for his pace, bounce, and accuracy. Last year during his stint with CSK, MS Dhoni used him smartly in both powerplays as well as in death overs. Hazlewood picked wickets at regular intervals in the 2021 edition and emerged as a consistent performer for the franchise.

3. Sam Curran

Sam Curran scalped 22 wickets in 23 matches and scored 242 runs at a strike rate close to 160 in the Chennai colors. The 23-year-old Curran provided the much-needed impetus with the bat and was handy with the new ball. Curran’s all-round performance added more depth to the CSK’s side.

2. Shardul Thakur

He has a knack for taking wickets and picks important wickets at crucial times. The medium-pacer finished the 2021 edition with 21 wickets in 16 games at an economy of 8.80. But his true value is more than just numbers. The 30-year-old can swing the ball but more importantly, he has a supernatural ability to hit the ball at the right length consistently.

1. Faf du Plessis

The 37-year-old Du Plessis had an outstanding IPL season in 2021, where he emerged as the second-highest run-scorer with 633 runs in 16 innings. Faf du Plessis stitched up some solid partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad in almost every game at the top of the order. His consistency in the top order played a crucial role in CSK’s winning the coveted title for the 4th time in IPL history.