Chennai Super Kings decided to retain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina but left out Ravichandran Ashwin.
The former Indian captain, who had won two IPL titles for the side played for Rising Pune Supergiant in the previous edition, was the first player who was retained by CSK, along with Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo were not retained by the side and with the franchise retaining three capped Indian players, they can no longer use a Right-to-Match card to bring back Ashwin. It will be interesting to see whether the side will be willing to spend money to bring Ashwin back to the squad.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) January 28, 2018
Chennai Super Kings full squad:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Retained)
Ravindra Jadeja (Retained)
Suresh Raina (Retained)
Faf du Plessis – Rs 1.6 crore
Harbhajan Singh – Rs 2 crore
Dwayne Bravo – Rs 6.4 crore (Retained via RTM)
Shane Watson – Rs 4 crore
Kedar Jadhav – Rs 7.8 crore
Ambati Rayadu – Rs 2.2 crore
Imran Tahir – Rs 1 crore
Karn Sharma – Rs 5 crore