The Chennai Super Kings are one of the favourites to win the IPL 2021. But who is in the CSK team for this year? What are the betting odds and how much could you win if you back them?
In this full guide to the CSK in IPL 2021, you’ll find:
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to interrupt elite sport, and preparations for the 2021 IPL are no different. The 2020 season was delayed and played outside of India for just the 3rd time. The 2021 season will be affected too.
The provisional date for the 2021 auction is the 11th February, with franchises having to release their lists of retained and released players by 20th January. Further details of the auction have still not been decided, including the venue and due to the pandemic, all of these plans are subject to change.
As soon as the auction has been completed, we will update this page, preview the 2021 season and make predictions about Chennai. Be sure to check back in for the latest news on CSK and the 2021 Indian Premier League season soon.
Among the 8 teams taking part in the IPL 2020, Chennai Super Kings betting odds make them 2nd favourites (6.00) to win the whole tournament. The overall favourites are unsurprisingly CSK’s big rivals, Mumbai Indians (5.00).
Chennai had a very good year in 2019. They reached the IPL final and lost by just a single run to Mumbai. Many commentators expect them to achieve similar levels of success this year and maybe even go one better.
There are some very real concerns about the age of the Chennai Super Kings squad though. Most of their best players are on the wrong side of 35 although youth isn’t as important in limited overs cricket.
CSK’s top spinner from 2019, Imran Tahir, is now 40 and although that is when most cricketers are way past their best, he took the most wickets in the IPL last year and won the purple cap award.
Chennai went slightly under the radar in the 2020 IPL auction although their squad didn’t need a lot of improvement. They picked up some useful bowling options in Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood and all-rounder Sam Curran who should be good additions.
With an ageing team it’s difficult to know if this Chennai Super Kings team will have the gas to win the IPL in 2020. However, any t20 side captained by MS Dhoni always has a good chance.
The full Chennai Super Kings squad list can be found below:
|Faf du Plessis||Batsman|
|MS Dhoni||Wicket-keeper batsman|
|Narayan Jagadeesan||Wicket-keeper batsman|
|R Sai Kishore||Bowler|
CSK have a very solid squad across the board. Although it is ageing, there is a lot of strength in depth, particularly in the spin bowling department.
Chennai have based their historical success in the IPL on their home form. For example, in the IPL 2019 season they won 6 from 7 matches at home, but just 3 away. The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium is known for being a slow wicket that is good for spin. That’s why the world-class spin attack that CSK has will be key to their season.
Adding Piyush Chawla in the 2020 auction was an excellent move but expect Chennai Super Kings to change up their line ups when playing away from home. Sam Curran could be a crucial player for them this year but will be fighting with Faf du Plessis for an overseas spot. Although du Plessis is undoubtedly an outstanding batsman, Curran will offer something different with the ball, as well as late power hitting.
One concern for fans of the Chennai Super Kings will be their lack of x-factor or a real superstar in terms of t20 cricket. They have plenty of capable players and a squad that will help them play to their strengths. What they don’t have is a name on the team sheet that other players will really fear and are probably more reliant on restricting other teams rather than blowing them out the water.
Look out for CSK betting odds pre match when they bowl first at home. They will look to use a spin heavy attack to contain their opposition and then chase down modest totals.
He might not be the best individual CSK player but, captain MS Dhoni is the most important. His leadership and management of his bowlers has been a key to the Chennai franchise over the last few years.
Having a certain type of pitch or strong bowlers does not guarantee restricting your opponents scores. It takes a captain who can read the match, understand the pressure on the opposition and how to take advantage of it. Dhoni is a master of that. He’s not bad with the bat either and can still make match winning contributions.
Imran Tahir won the purple cap in the last edition of the IPL. He’s in the twilight of his career but that has not slowed down the South African spinner. Chennai will look to play to their strengths – home matches and excellent spin bowling.
Although their spin attack is deep, Tahir will be crucial in setting the tone again for Chennai and if he can get close to his form of last year, no team will look forward to travelling to the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.
The other key player for the Super Kings this year will be West Indian all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo. The mercurial talent is also no spring chicken at 36, however he will look to recapture his form with the ball that saw him twice win the purple cap.
One of the world’s best genuine all-rounders for a number of years, Bravo has done the business for Chennai on multiple occasions with bat and ball. He’ll be looking to improve his batting this year after a lukewarm 2019 where he averaged just 16. If he can do that, and take wickets too, Chennai will be very tough to beat.
The full list of CSK’s results shows just how successful they have been as an IPL franchise.
Although they have won one less title than their rivals the Mumbai Indians, Super Kings fans will take pride in the fact that overall, they have been more consistent. When competing, Chennai have only failed to reach the play-offs once. In 11 seasons, they’ve qualified for the post-season tournament 10 times and have been champions or runners-up on 8 occasions.
Chennai Super Kings were the first team to successfully defend the IPL title, winning in both 2010 and 2011. Arguably the better side out of the 2 years was the class of 2011, where strength in-depth eventually told as they beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs in a tense final. Murali Vijay top-scored on that day and formed a solid partnership with ‘Mr Cricket’, Michael Hussey, across the season. Without reaching some of the dizzying individual heights we’ve seen from players across the history of the Indian Premier League, CSK defined playing as a team that year.
Hussey, Raina, Vijay, Badrinath and Dhoni all contributed immensely with the bat, with averages and strike rates at impressive levels. They were backed up by their bowlers too. Ravichandran Ashwin, Doug Bollinger and Albie Morkel each took over 15 wickets.
Another dominant year for Chennai was 2018, where they won the IPL for a third time. Captain fantastic, MS Dhoni, had a particularly good season where he averaged over 75 whilst batting. This time, Chennai Super Kings were the betting favourites but faced a hungry SunRisers Hyderabad in the final. Eventually they won thanks to an unbeaten 117 by Shane Watson and claimed the IPL title again.
The foundation of their success in 2018 was a fantastic auction. Amongst a range of talented Indian players, CSK did fantastic work in bringing in overseas stars, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir.
Not only did each of these experienced internationals perform well in the 2018 title winning campaign, they backed it up again in 2019, as the team came up just short in the final.
CSK have an excellent chance of winning the 2020 edition of the IPL. They are excellent at home, have great strength in depth and unrivalled experience in their squad. Historically they have always made it to the play-offs and from that point of view, anything can happen.
The fact that Chennai are the only team to retain the IPL title speaks volumes about how hard it is to do. It will be difficult for all the teams and will probably come down to a few key incidents in games. However, the Chennai Super Kings betting odds offer good value, as they’re slightly better than Mumbai.
Any of the teams could realistically win the title but Dhoni’s men are favourites with many cricket commentators and for good reason. They have everything you could want in a t20 squad and their team will be littered with international stars every week. The one possible concern would be their ageing squad but in the short format of the game that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
The relative injection of youth from accomplished cricketers Josh Hazlewood and Sam Curran could be crucial but so will be keeping their older players fit. Head coach Stephen Fleming will look to rotate his squad, especially to include more spinners at home and if the squad stays healthy, Chennai can win the IPL for a fourth time in 2020.
Ahead of IPL 2020, we’ll keep you up to date with all the hottest betting tips for Indian cricket. Check back with Asiabet for regular updates.
CSK were banned from the IPL in 2016 and 17 after their team principal was implicated in a spot-fixing and betting case.
MS Dhoni will continue as captain of the Chennai Super Kings in 2020 as they look to improve on their 2019 runners-up finish.
India Cements owns the CSK franchise. Their Managing Director is former International Cricket Council chairman N. Srinivasan.
CSK stands for Chennai Super Kings. The name is a reference to the City of Chennai and the ancient Tamil empire.
The Chennai Super Kings betting odds are currently 6.00. This makes them the 2nd favourites with the bookmakers to win the whole tournament.