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Top 5 records set by Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings has been one of the foremost iconic T20 groups within the world since the beginning of IPL in 2008. Here we look at the top 5 records set by Chennai Super Kings.

Last updated: 05.10.2021
Top 5 records set by Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings has been one of the foremost iconic T20 groups within the world since the beginning of IPL in 2008. The fan following and the cherish which they have gotten might too be because their captain, MS Dhoni, one of the foremost renowned and acknowledged cricketers around the globe.

Until Mumbai Indians won their fourth and fifth IPL title, Chennai was the foremost successful group with title wins in 2010, 2011, and 2018. However, the establishment, which is claimed by India Cements, remains one of the strongest sides within the Indian Premier League and has a few extraordinary records.


1. Winning the IPL and CL T20 in the same year, followed by another IPL trophy

It all started in 2010 when IPL returned to India after a break in 2009, a season that was the first to be held entirely outside the country. After performing well in the competition, CSK was in a position where they had to win their final league match to qualify for the semi-finals. MS Dhoni played an innings of the ages to guide his team into the knockout stages. And the rest is history.

Later the same year, the best teams of the T20 competitions across the globe arrived in South Africa to play the Champions League T20. Chennai proved to be the champions in that tournament as well.


2. 10 consecutive Playoff qualifications

MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings team has several chapters of success and glory. In 2008, when the eight original teams were revealed, only Jaipur and Chennai teams didn’t have an icon player among them. Chennai made the highest bid for any player in the auction when they bought Dhoni for INR 6 crores (not adjusted as per inflation).

They built a team around him and over the years, we have seen CSK making just minor changes here and there and continuing their successful journey. What is quite remarkable is the number of times we have seen them in the finals or just in the last four. Between 2008 and 2020, Chennai played 10 seasons (missed 2016 and 2017 due to ban) and managed to qualify for the Playoffs each and every time.


3. The lowest successful score defended in IPL

This story is from the IPL 2009 when Chennai was playing Kings XI Punjab (presently Punjab Lords) in Durban. Batting first, Chennai found it truly troublesome to induce runs rapidly. Parthiv Patel, who opened the batting for Chennai, oversaw a 23-ball 32, after which CSK’s back nearly broke. A few tight bowling implied that Dhoni's men had only 116 within the pack.

However, on a moderate surface, Dhoni utilized his spinners very wonderfully and pulled this triumph. Ravichandran Ashwin, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Suresh Raina bowled 12 overs together, finishing with figures of 2 for 13, 2 for 8, and 2 for 17. This permitted Chennai to limit Punjab for only 92 runs in their 20 overs. This, to date, remains as the least score ever protected.


4. Most wickets in a season by any bowler

In 2013, when Dwayne Bravo arrived at the Indian Premier League, he was already the West Indies ODI captain, but his reputation at the Chennai Super Kings team was slightly different from what he had to do for his national team. And MS Dhoni used him more as a death bowler in the format.

Bravo was a clever bowler who knew how to use these variations. He ended with 32 wickets in the season, most ever by a bowler ever in a season. He was the first to cross the barrier of 30 wickets as well and remained the only one until Kagiso Rabada took 30 wickets in 2020. However, in current season of 2021, Harshal Patel of Royal Challengers Bangalore is close to break this record as he has taken 26 wickets in 11 matches.


5. Most matches led by a single captain

As Chennai Super Kings has ever had only one captain, MS Dhoni has emerged as quite an enigma as far as the league is concerned. In the IPL alone, Dhoni has led Chennai Super Kings 181 matches, most by any single player leading a single franchise. There are some who are chasing him, but are way behind him.

There is Virat Kohli, who has captained Royal Challengers Bangalore 132 times in the tournament. On the other hand, there is Rohit Sharma, who has played 123 times as the captain of the Mumbai Indians.

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