11. Trent Boult
He is the best left-arm fast bowler ever produced by the Kiwis. The 32-year old is extremely sweet and mellow off the field but remains true to his name on the field – a thunderbolt for the opposition.
10. Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah has publicly claimed many times that Malinga taught him the art of bowling yorkers consistently. With his unique bowling action and short run-up, he creates an angle that makes it extremely difficult for batsmen to play him.
9. Dwayne Bravo
He is the only player on the list who has played for MI as well as CSK. During his prime, he was impeccable in all facets of the game, be it batting, bowling, or fielding. He is the highest wicket-taker in the T20s with 546 wickets to his name.
8. Ravindra Jadeja
He is the only all-rounder who has consistently been representing India in all formats of the game. He will be eager to win this year’s IPL which may be the last for Thala Dhoni.
7. Hardik Pandya
He has played 87 matches and scored 1401 runs including four fifties at an average 27.47 and a strike rate just above 157 – the best for an Indian. He also is a handy bowler as has picked up 42 wickets at a bowling economy of slightly over 9 runs per over, an aspect he would like to better.
6. Kieron Pollard
He has scored 3191 runs including 16 fifties at an average of 30.68 and a whopping strike rate of over 150. He also has taken 83 wickets with his clever change of pace and bowling hard lengths, making it difficult for batsmen to take him on.
5. MS Dhoni (wk)
He has scored 4669 runs including 23 fifties at an average of 40.25 and a strike rate of 136.67. He has won the most Player of the Match awards for CSK (17) and has scored the most runs from the 16th to the 20th over in IPL.
4. Suryakumar Yadav
He is the only player to have played 100 IPL matches and not played international cricket. His wait was over at last and made his T20I debut vs England earlier this year where he smashed his first ball for a six and the bowler was none other than Jofra Archer.
3. Suresh Raina
He has been with CSK from the inception of IPL and is the best in command MS Dhoni could’ve asked for. He was bought by CSK for a whopping $600,000 and has been worth every penny for the boys in yellow.
2. Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis is a batsman who often goes under the radar but has been a fabulous asset for CSK and South Africa. He made his IPL debut before making his international debut. This shows the faith CSK’s team management had in the former Proteas captain.
1. Rohit Sharma (C)
He has been MI’s most expensive buy ever when he bought for a whopping $2.1 million in the 2011 auction. But the Mumbai boy hasn’t disappointed one bit and it would be fair to say that he probably has the biggest role in building a championship-winning team.