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5 all-time bargain buys by Chennai Super Kings

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Dhoni and Fleming have devised successful auction strategies over the years
Dhoni and Fleming have devised successful auction strategies over the years

Chennai Super Kings, over the years, have created a template for franchise-based T20 leagues. They have been the most consistent team in the history of Indian Premier League having qualified for the knockouts every season. Maintaining the coaching staff and the core have not only made them a formidable set-up but also helped them create a huge fan base.

Although teams like Perth Scorchers in Big Bash League and Tribango Knight Riders in the Carribean Premier League have tasted similar success, CSK stands out because of the auction that involves in selecting their squad. BBL adopts personal negotiation with players to acquire them, CPL conducts a player draft with a salary cap.

Super Kings have always tried to keep their squad intact and have found able replacements at a reasonable price. Acquiring Harbhajan at 2 cr instead of Ashwin who went for 7.4 cr was one such case. Let's look at the top five bargain buys of CSK.


#1 Dwayne Bravo - US$ 200,000

Bravo is successful with both bat and ball
Bravo is successful with both bat and ball

One of the most sought-after players in the T20 arena is Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. Chennai bought the all-rounder at his base price of US$ 200,000 in 2011. It proved to be a golden pick, as Bravo became an integral of MS Dhoni-led team.

He had a fairly good run for Mumbai Indians from 2008-2010 and was making impactful performances in the international arena with his performance in World T20 in 2009 knocking India out. But to the surprise of everyone, Chennai was the only team that bid for him in 2011.

He has taken most wickets for CSK in three seasons and took the responsibility of death bowling. His willow has produced many matchwinning knocks. Moreover, his association has brought that Carribean flair and has made himself a household name among the Super Kings. His purchase can be stated as the best bargain buy of all-time.

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