2. Suresh Raina
If Dhoni is CSK’s No. 1 player, then definitely the team’s vice-captain Suresh Raina is No. 2 player. He is rightfully called Mr. IPL because of his consistency over all these years. Batting at No. 3 position, Raina is guaranteed to score 400-500 runs every season.
Only once he couldn’t score more than 400 was during the 2015 season. Still in that season he mustered 374 runs. Raina was the leading IPL run-scorer for a long time before Virat Kohli overtook him.
Nicknamed ‘Chinna Thala’, Raina has so far scored 5,368 IPL runs, among which 4,527 runs came while playing for CSK. He was purchased for $650,000 in 2008 and has been one of the best signings of CSK.
3. Dwayne Bravo
When IPL began in 2008, Bravo was purchased by Mumbai Indians. He played 30 games there for three seasons, but wasn’t successful much. But once Bravo changed his allegiance to CSK in 2011, the whole scenario changed.
Purchased only for $200,000, Bravo soon became one of the best signings of CSK. Till now Bravo has been CSK’s leading wicket-taker with 104 wickets at an average of 23.12.
Even with the bat, Bravo has been brilliant. He has so far scored 927 runs at a strike-rate of 135.52. Along with that Bravo is an excellent fielder and a great entertainer. He has a huge impact on CSK’s successes all these years.