CSK made their biggest purchase in IPL history by signing Ben Stokes for a whopping INR 16.25 crore. With his all-round abilities, he will be a valuable addition to the team and will help to strengthen their middle-order.
CSK went all in for Stokes at the auction, but they also made some other tactical purchases. They roped in Ajinkya Rahane, who put up some competitive performances last year while representing KKR. With Robin Uthappa exiting the scenario, getting Rahane into the team was a very tactical move. They also got the services of Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Ajay Mandal and Bhagath Verma to complete their 25-member squad.
CSK have won four IPL titles and two Champions Trophy T20 (CLT20) titles under the leadership of the legendary MS Dhoni. He has been leading CSK since the first edition of the tournament in 2008. They had a disappointing outing last season, but they will be looking to bounce back and win their fifth title in the upcoming season.
Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad became the new opening pair for CSK last season. Both players have been in good touch with the bat and will be the ones to look out for in the upcoming season.
Ravindra Jadeja is back with CSK and will be Dhoni's right hand. He is a crucial player for the team and will add depth to their middle-order.
Moeen Ali is an experienced all-rounder who will also add depth to CSK's middle-order. With his ability to both bat and bowl, he will be a valuable asset to the team.
CSK also got the services of Kyle Jamieson, the tall New Zealand fast bowler. With his height and pace, he will be a tough bowler to face for the opposition.