Chennai Super Kings had a huge task ahead of them as they had to build in momentum from their disastrous last session. Rs 19.90 Crore available and most of their core players retained, CSK had only six slots vacant with one overseas spot available.
CSK chose England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali to join their side for a humongous amount of Rs 7 Crore after they lost Glenn Maxwell to Royal Challengers Bangalore in a fiery bidding contest.
Moeen Ali was added to the team to strengthen the spin department that the Super Kings heavily depend on.
In a move to add more depth to the squad, the team splurged a whopping Rs 9.25 Crore on Krishnappa Gowtham at the 2021 IPL Auction. This made Gowtham the most expensive uncapped Indian player in the history of IPL.
The Karnataka all-rounder made a name for himself with his splendid batting and bowling performance in the IPL over the past years.
In a surprising buy, Cheteshwar Pujara was sold to CSK at his base price of Rs 50 Lakh. Huge applause followed his purchase as he was returning to IPL after seven years.
The three young cricketers who were bought by the three-time title winners were fast-bowler M Harisankar Reddy, all-rounder K Bhagath Varma and Tamil Nadu opener C Hari Nishaanth. Coincidentally, they were all bought at their base price of Rs 20 Lakh.
Retained players: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore, Robin Uthappa (traded).