Chennai Super Kings | Team Profile | IPL 3
Chennai Super Kings, owned by India Cements, managed to get the prized services of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the inaugural edition of IPL. Quite understandably, the Indian captain commanded the highest price at the player auctions – a whopping USD 1.5 million. Australia’s batting tour de force Matthew Hayden was roped in to give the batting a destructive edge – and he played his role to perfection in two successive seasons.
Stephen Fleming, who doubled as coach in the second season; the wily Muralitharan; batsman Suresh Raina; and all-rounder Albie Morkel helped Chennai reach the final but could not make it past Rajasthan Royals. When the second round of auctions took place, Andrew Flintoff joined as one of the highest-paid players. In the second season, Hayden scored prolifically while his team entered the semi-final, only to be pipped at the post by Royal Challengers Bangalore.