With the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League getting underway on 4th April 2012, all eyes will be on the defending champions Chennai Super Kings. Having won the last two editions, they will be looking to make it three in a row. Here's a look at the players who could prove to be match-winners in this powerful unit.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Led by their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings boast of a good combination of players. Dhoni plays triple role, that of a wicketkeeper, the captain and a batsman. He will be the vital cog in the line up to lead the team by example.
Suresh Raina by far has been the most consistent player for the Super Kings over the last four editions. Backed by his excellent fielding and part time bowling, he remains an integral part of this team.
Ravindra Jadeja was picked up at this year's auction for a record price of $2million by the Super Kings. Playing for Rajasthan Royals in the last season, Jadeja has a good IPL track. But after being bought for a whopping amount, all eyes will be on him, and he will have to put in some extra effort to justify people's expectations. He has been effective in this format and his all-round abilities could be put to good use by Dhoni.
Dwayne Bravo: This dashing all-rounder from the Caribbean is expected to make an impact in this season. With his ability to get early wickets and score quick runs, Bravo is an exciting prospect.
Michael Hussey: The Aussie with a reputation to change the complaxion of the game, no team can relax until Mike Hussey is back in the pavilion as many times he has bailed his team out of trouble. After all he isn't called 'Mr Cricket' for nothing.
Murali Vijay: It was the IPL where Murali Vijay showed his talent. His T20 show had earned him an India call as well. In his fifth season with the Super Kings, Vijay will look to cash in once again. His destructive batting at the top of the order can demoralise any opposition.
Doug Bollinger: One of the most economical bowlers in this format, this Australian pacer is known to strangle the batsmen for runs by maintaining a tight line and length.
R Ashwin: He is arguably one of the best finds of the IPL. His impressive show in the T20 premier league and in the domestic circuit got him a berth in the Indian cricket tea, This season, Ashwin will expected to rein in batsmen and also provide crucial breakthroughs.
Shadab Jakati is a useful cricketer with his slow left arm orthodox bowling and steady batting. He has done well for the Super Kings in the past and will be looking to build on that performance.
Faf du Plessis: If Faf du Plessis' performances in the T20 format for South Africa is anything to go by, he is full potential, and this tournament will give a great platform to establish himself in the shortest format of the game.
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