New Zealand’s talented opener Rachin Ravindra recently expressed his excitement after being selected by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for the upcoming Indian Premier League season. Ravindra, a proficient all-rounder, conveyed his gratitude for the opportunity to play alongside esteemed figures like MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in the lucrative league.
CSK acquired Rachin for INR 1.5 Crore during the mini-auction, a move widely regarded as a shrewd investment, much like Sunrisers Hyderabad’s pick of Wanindu Hasaranga for the same amount.
Having showcased his skills in the World Cup with an impressive 523 runs in 8 innings, Rachin’s journey was cut short as New Zealand exited the tournament post a semi-final defeat against India. Following his selection by CSK, Rachin shared an enthusiastic video with fans, which quickly gained traction across social media platforms.
In the video, Rachin expressed his excitement donning the Yellow Jersey for CSK, acknowledging the honor of joining a prestigious franchise with a rich legacy of success and iconic players. He eagerly anticipated his maiden IPL experience, having received glowing endorsements from fellow Kiwi players who extolled the league’s intensity, crowd fervor, and overall excitement.
Rachin also shared his elation at the prospect of playing alongside close friends Santner and Devs, both of whom also secured spots in the CSK lineup. He expressed immense gratitude for the opportunity to play alongside stalwarts like Dhoni and Jadeja and highlighted the special Kiwi connection with coach Stephen Fleming.
Addressing the Chennai fans, Rachin conveyed his eagerness to contribute to the team’s success, promising an entertaining display of cricket while hoping for positive results.
In addition to Rachin’s acquisition, CSK roped in India international Shardul Thakur for ₹4 crore, marking his return to the franchise after stints with Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders. The team also engaged in a bidding war to secure Sameer Rizvi for ₹8.4 crore. Further additions to the squad include Mustafizur Rahman (₹2 crore) and Avanish Rao Aravelly (₹20 lakh).
CSK’s complete roster for IPL 2024 auction includes:
- Shardul Thakur: ₹4 crore
- Rachin Ravindra: ₹1.8 crore
- Daryl Mitchell: ₹14 crore
- Sameer Rizvi: ₹8.4 crore
- Mustafizur Rahman: ₹2 crore
- Avanish Rao Aravelly: ₹20 lakh
The retained players for CSK encompass a formidable lineup featuring seasoned stars like MS Dhoni (captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and others.
Retained: MS Dhoni (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dube, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Maheesh Theekshana, Tushar Deshpande, Ajay Mandal, Shaik Rasheed, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Simarjeet Singh, Nishant Sindhu, Prashant Solanki.
Known for their illustrious history, CSK stands as one of the most successful IPL franchises, having clinched the title five times, including the previous season.