A look at Chennai Super Kings past performances as they return to the IPL

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The CSK team during IPL 2015 [Sportzpics]

Chennai Super Kings (CSK), one of the most successful teams in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), will make a return to the tournament in 2018 after having served a two-year suspension.

In the eight seasons that they have taken part in the IPL, the Chennai-based franchise have reached the final four every single time, making the final in six editions and winning the competition twice.

IPL 2008 – Finalists

IPL 2009 – Semi-finalists

IPL 2010 – Winners

IPL 2011 – Winners

IPL 2012 – Finalists

IPL 2013 – Finalists

IPL 2014 – Third (lost in Qualifier 2)

IPL 2015 – Finalists

In addition to such consistency in the IPL, CSK also won the Champions League T20 twice.

CLT20 2009 – Did not qualify

CLT20 2010 – Winners

CLT20 2011 – Group Stage

CLT20 2012 – Group Stage

CLT20 2013 – Semi-finalists

CLT20 2014 – Winners

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It’ll come as no surprise that Suresh Raina has played the most matches and scored the most runs for CSK.

On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin has been their most successful bowler.

(NOTE: Includes IPL and CLT20)

MOST MATCHES

Suresh Raina – 156

MS Dhoni – 153

Ravichandran Ashwin – 121

MOST RUNS

Suresh Raina – 4541

MS Dhoni – 3436

Michael Hussey – 2213

MOST WICKETS

Ravichandran Ashwin – 120

Dwayne Bravo – 93

Albie Morkel – 91

Two players representing CSK have won the Orange Cap for being the top run-scorer in a season: Matthew Hayden in 2009 and Michael Hussey in 2013.

The Purple Cap for being the highest wicket-taker in a season has been won thrice by players representing CSK: twice by Dwayne Bravo in 2013, 2015 and once by Mohit Sharma in 2014.

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BCCI welcome return to IPL of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals

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CSK and RR to return.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2018 after having served a two-year suspension each.

Both Chennai and Rajasthan are former champions of the tournament. While the Royals won the first edition of the IPL in 2008, the Super Kings won back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.

BCCI Acting President CK Khanna feels the IPL will be enriched by the return of the two franchises while IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary also sent a message, welcoming CSK and RR back into the league.

“VIVO IPL will be enriched by the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Both the teams have enjoyed tremendous on-field success and have a mass following. The loyal fans will again get to see their favourite teams and stars in action from the upcoming season of the VIVO IPL,” said Khanna

“It is my privilege to welcome back our franchisees, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, into the 11th edition of the IPL. We have had a strong working relationship with Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and hope that we can continue to build upon the close ties that we have enjoyed in the past, as we move towards the next edition of the league,” said Shukla.

“I welcome CSK and RR back into the league. I hope they bring back the intensity and the flair that they are reputed for and continue to add immense value to brand VIVO IPL. I wish them, all the very best,” said Choudhary.

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VIVO retains Indian Premier League title sponsorship until 2022

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The IPL trophy [Sportzpics].

Mobile phone manufacturer Vivo have retained title sponsorship of the Indian Premier League till 2022.

In a media release, the BCCI announced that Vivo bid INR 2,199 crore (approximately AED 1.25 billion) for the next five years, a 554% increase over the previous contract which was also held by the same company. They were title sponsors of the IPL for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

“We are delighted to have Vivo joining us once again as the title sponsor for IPL for next five years. The association with Vivo has been great for the past two seasons and I am sure they will continue to make it bigger and better,” said IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla.

“Vivo as a brand has carved its niche and legacy in the market. We are extremely glad to have Vivo as the title sponsor and look forward to an enriching affiliation for both stakeholders,” said BCCI Acting President CK Khanna.

“We received an overwhelming response for the title sponsorship rights and we are glad to have Vivo back on board. It is a renewal of a fruitful relationship with the brand that will extend for the next five years,” said BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary.

The title sponsorship of the IPL was earlier held by DLF from 2008-2012 and by PepsiCo from 2013-15.

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