Chennai Super Kings is back in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League after serving two long years of exile. One of the most consistent sides of the IPL, MS Dhoni-led CSK has clinched the IPL trophy twice and they would aim to repeat the feat this season.

Chennai are all set to be unleashed on the opponents. The Chennai Super Kings would be taking on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opening encounter on 7 April 2018 at the Wankhede Stadium.

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As Chennai gears up to go all guns blazing in the tournament, let’s have a look at the top 5 picks from the side for your fantasy team:

Suresh Raina:

Suresh Raina, the highest run-scorer of the tournament might again make big strides in the eleventh edition as much would depend upon his blitzkriegs.

Raina made a comeback in the Indian squad in the T20 series against South Africa and now he would be on a mission to add firepower to the Chennai squad. He has notched up over 400 runs every season for Chennai except in 2015 and he has the opportunity to put his best foot-forward again.

He has played 161 matches in the IPL where he has scored 4540 runs at a strike rate of 139.05. The 31-year old is one of the top performers of the T20 tournament and is an ideal pick for your fantasy team.

Dwayne Bravo:

Trinidadian cricketer and IPL sensation, Dwayne Bravo is certainly one of the best picks to build your fantasy team with.

His heavy hitting capabilities perfectly compliment his ability to change the pace and efficiency to bowl death overs. He has played 106 matches and has taken 122 scalps, at an economy of 8.2 at an average of 22.58. In 106 matches he has also scored 1262 runs at a strike rate of 126.33. His prowess is expected to come into play for CSK yet again.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is rightly called the heart and soul of the Chennai Super Kings. From captaining the team with innovation and tact to dismissing the ball ruthlessly with dexterous wrists and his bat-speed, Dhoni has donned all the roles for franchise efficiently.

In 159 matches, captain cool has amassed 3561 runs at a strike rate of 136.75. He is also the most successful captain of the IPL with a winning percentage of 58.04 percent where the team has won 83 matches out of 143 matches under his captaincy.

Your dream11 team is certainly incomplete without Dhoni.

Shardul Thakur:

Shardul Thakur made his T20 International debut for India against South Africa in 2018. He was also named in the Nidahas Trophy squad where he returned with his career-best 4-27 to win the Man of the Match award against Srilanka.

This year he would be adding strength to the seam attack for Chennai.

Dhoni is likely to give Thakur the role which Ishwar Pandey had been doing for them for the past few seasons. He can use his ability to swing and his variations to mould matches in their favour.

Thakur has taken 12 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 29.42 with an economy rate of 8.57. We recommend you to pick Thakur for your side and he would be rearing to find his best rhythm under Thala.

Imran Tahir:

South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir was ranked as the No.1 ODI and T20I bowler in the world. Now, he would be looking to send down his four overs with control and craft in the IPL while playing for the Chennai Super Kings.

Imran Tahir has claimed 47 wickets in 32 matches at an economy rate of 8.31 and an average of 21.11. He brings experience and could turn games for Chennai in the IPL.

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