CLT20 champions in 2010 and two-time winners of the Indian Premier League, the Super Kings sport the individual and collective big match temperament to go all the way.
<b>Captain:</b> Mahendra Singh Dhoni<br><b>Coach:</b> Stephen Fleming<br><b>2012 CLT20:</b> Group B exit<br><b>C365 Rating:</b> 9/10<br><b>Betting Odds:</b> <a href='http://www.paddypower.com/bet/cricket/champions-league-20' target='_blank' class='instorylink'>5-2</a>
<b>Strengths</b><br>CLT20 champions in 2010 and two-time winners of the Indian Premier League, the Super Kings sport the individual and collective big match temperament to go all the way.
They boast superb versatility at the top of the order, with any two of Subramaniam Badrinath, Faf du Plessis, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay ready to step up – depending on conditions and circumstances.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are a formidable combination at international level, and arguably even more so in the canary yellow of the Super Kings. Home conditions, primed for the yin and yang of their spin and bouncer, await.
<b>Weaknesses</b><br>Other Indian Premier League franchises have proven quick on the draw at player auctions, while Chennai have been veritable spend thrifts. Hence, the squad has maintained a solid core.
Ground-breaking IPL seasons for Jason Holder and Chris Morris will be tough acts to follow. The fast-bowling pair won't have bowled to the world calibre orders of the Brisbane Heat, Trinidad and Tobago, et al.
A settled start in Ranchi will eventually make way for travels to Jaipur and Delhi. The latter venue, particularly, will test the patience of the batsmen. And a chink or two in the armour might soon be exposed.
<b>Star Player</b><br>An outstanding constant throughout six seasons, Albie Morkel is the gift that keeps on giving. His country have given up on him, but his adapted Twenty20 franchise certainly have not.
<b>Bench Warmer</b><br>Wriddhiman Saha will be wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's understudy, but in the playing XI, there is no room for passengers – even if selected as a specialist batsman.
<b>They Said</b><br>"From a city point of view I love the friendly people and the fantastic CSK supporters and from the team point of view it is always great to be part of a successful team. The players and management are world class and its great cricket environment to be part of." – all-rounder Albie Morkel.
<b>Squad</b><br>Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Subramaniam Badrinath, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Jason Holder, Michael Hussey, Imtiaz Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Chris Morris, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohit Sharma, Murali Vijay.
<b>Fixtures</b><br>Sunday, 22 September: v Titans, Ranchi<br>Thursday, 26 September: v TBC, Ranchi<br>Saturday, 28 September: v Brisbane Heat, Jaipur<br>Wednesday, 2 October: v Trinidad and Tobago, Delhi
England are utterly infuriating, they really are.
Joe Root > Don Bradman. That’s just maths.
Not going to be enough, is it?
Changes for both teams ahead of The Oval.
England’s Test-match batting is broken. Time to get back to basics.
The WTC scoring system is stupid, but the fix is easy. Get it done.
The Badger lets off steam.
Joe Root is shepherding the ‘righteous’ England team through ‘the valley of darkness’ and must ‘lay his vengeance’ upon those closest to him
England have named an unchanged squad for this week’s final Ashes Test, resisting the temptation to draft in new blood.
All the innovation, variation and athleticism with sell-out crowds up and down the country – this was arguably the greatest T20 season yet.