The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is one of the most successful franchises in the Indian Premier League’s history (IPL). Much of their long-term success may be ascribed to their outstanding auction business. CSK has always been one of the most astute teams in the game, and they’ve made a lot of savvy purchases in IPL auctions. The Men in Yellow have sworn by a solid concept to great benefit, seldom signing players for exorbitant amounts and frequently keeping their core.
Year after year, they continued to astound everyone with their steady growth and stability. They’ve won the Indian Premier League three times. There also have a handful of Champions League T20 championships to add to the mix.
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As a result, CSK is one of the most consistent T20 teams in the world, not only in the IPL. In this article, we look at the costliest signings for CSK
1. Ravindra Jadeja – 9.72 crores
Ravindra Jadeja was the only attraction at the 2012 IPL Auction, which was a Mini one. As Ravindra Jadeja’s name was mentioned, the Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers were forced to play a tiebreaker. After that, both teams reached the maximum price of $2 million. CSK paid an unspecified sum for Jadeja, but the Indian all-rounder got $2 million, which was translated to 9.2 CR. It was a wise decision since he is still an important member of the CSK setup. After a short spell with the Gujarat Lions, Jadeja justified his IPL 2012 price tag and was later retained by CSK. He’s also one of the team’s most important players. Jadeja has been in incredible form in IPL 2021 as well.
2. Krishnappa Gowtham – 9.25 CR
Krishnappa Gowtham, a T20 star, was sold to CSK for INR 9.25 crores in the IPL 2021 auction, making him the most expensive uncapped player ever and CSK’s second-most expensive acquisition. The Chennai Super Kings were in search of an off-spinner after Harbhajan Singh was released just before the auction. Krishnappa Gowtham was one of the market’s off-spinners, and he was expected to be in high demand.
3. Kedar Jadhav – 7.8 CR
CSK was searching for middle-order batsmen in the 2018 IPL Mega Auction, and Ambati Rayudu was in the mix. They went after Kedar Jadhav, who has a lot of white-ball cricket experience and has played with MS Dhoni. CSK was able to secure Kedar Jadhav for 7.8 crore rupees. Jadhav was injured after one game in the 2018 season, and his results in the IPL 2019 and 2020 seasons were not up to par. They had no choice but to release him before the auction because they had overpaid for him.
4. Andrew Flintoff – 7.6 CR
Andrew Flintoff was the joint-most valuable player in the 2009 IPL auction when CSK paid a high price for the dynamic all-rounder. Flintoff scored 62 runs and took three wickets in three IPL games for the side before knee surgery cut short his stay in South Africa. He had to return to England for surgery and never played again in the IPL.
5. Moeen Ali – 7 CR
CSK wanted Glenn Maxwell but had to pull out due to a smaller purse than RCB, who paid 14.25 CR for him. After missing out on Maxwell, Moeen Ali was the next player on their wish list. CSK started bidding for Moeen Ali right away this time. Punjab Kings withdrew from the bidding battle, and CSK acquired Moeen Ali for 7 crore rupees. They only had one overseas spot available, and they needed a talented all-rounder. Ali can be lethal with the ball and can also be very attacking with the bat.