Chennai Super Kings exercised their “Right to Match” option to retain Dwayne Bravo in the Indian Premier League auction for 2018. The CSK management had promised their fans that they will look to bring back their core squad and they have certainly done that.
Having retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, and Suresh Raina before the auction, Chennai Super Kings used their “Right to Match” option to bring back Faff du Plessis and the West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.
Before using their RTM option on Bravo, CSK saw Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab go all-out in the bidding war for the West Indian all-rounder. Kings XI Punjab opened the bidding at 2 Cr and were rivaled by Mumbai Indian up to 6.4 Cr. However, Punjab’s joy was cut short when CSK coach Stephen Fleming did not hesitate in using his “Right to Match” option and bring Bravo back to Chennai.
The only player CSK could not bring back to their setup was Ravichandran Ashwin who was signed by the Kings XI Punjab following a 7.6 Cr bid from Preity Zinta’s side. Having already retained 3 Indian players, CSK were not allowed to use their RTM on Ashwin and ended up losing the battle.
However, CSK made sure they get an experienced head to replace Ashwin as they signed the former Mumbai Indians spinner Harbhajan Singh for 2 Cr. Speaking of spinning options, CSK also signed Karn Sharma (5 Cr.) and Imran Tahir (1 Cr.) to give Dhoni a familiar spin-dominant bowling attack.
Shane Watson was another big name addition to the Chennai Super Kings setup who is most likely to open the innings for them. Kedhar Jadhav was another player CSK were adamant on getting and they did exactly that when they surprised everyone by signing Jadhav for 7.8 Cr.
At the end of Day 1 of the Indian Premier League 2018 auction, Chennai spent 30 Cr. and had 11 players in their squad. Day 2’s auction will see all the players on show who went unsold on Day 1. Likes of Lasith Malinga, Chris Gayle, Martin Guptill and many great t20 players will be up for grabs as CSK and other teams look forward to the Day 2 of IPL 2018 auction.