This will be a comeback of sorts to domestic cricket for Ashwin. He had decided to opt out of the recently concluded Deodhar Trophy as he was adviced a week's rest.
While many cricket experts wanted the team management to give a long rope to Kuldeep and Chahal for their fearless approach and wicket-taking abilities, India's bowling coach Bharat Arun recently said that the "race is not over yet" for Ashwin and Jadeja.
India's bowling coach Bharat Arun on Friday countered Virat Kohli by saying that Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are still "not out of the race".
Dhoni will lead the Chennai side, with Raina as his deputy. Dhoni was the man at the helm of affairs when CSK were IPL champions in subsequent seasons in 2010 and 2011. The Champions League 2010 also saw Dhoni lead CSK to the title.
Ravindra Jadeja was a crucial cog in the Chennai Super Kings success story.
Jadeja, who is part of India Test squad, is currently in South Africa for a long series and managed to take out time to visit wildlife sanctuary.
CSK retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, leaving Ravichandran Ashwin for the auction.
Dhoni was the man at the helm of affairs when CSK were IPL champions in subsequent seasons in 2010 and 2011. The Champions League 2010 also saw Dhoni lead CSK to the title.
MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja officially came back to the CSK fold after they were retained by the franchise on Thursday.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have retained Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.
Shikhar Dhawan was seen limping into the team hotel ahead of the departure for South Africa.
Some crucial spells by Indian bowlers have highlighted India-South Africa Tests.
Steve Smith ended the year 2017 with 947 rating points while Virat Kohli came in second with 893 points.
Ashwin and Jadeja played vital roles in India's dominant Test run at home. The duo claimed 110 wickets between them.
The much-anticipated wedding reception of India cricket team captain Virat Kohli and actor Anushka Sharma kicked off in Mumbai on Tuesday evening.
However, senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's chances of being picked through 'Right To Match' card looks bleak.
Ravindra Jadeja is utilising his time out of the Indian team to set up his 'cricket bungalow'.
India cricketer Ravindra Jadeja made a statement at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium by hitting six sixes in an over in an inter-district T20 tournament between Jamnagar and Amreli.