MS Dhoni is the only player to still captain the team he led in 2008

You can't expect this list to end without a 'Thala' record, can you? CSK owe a lot of credit to their skipper, MS Dhoni. He was picked up by the franchise at the 2008 Auction for a whopping 1.5 Million USD and the then Indian T20I skipper was handed the reins of the franchise.
Come 2018 and MSD is still leading the team. CSK are the only team that haven't seen a shift of captaincy over the 11 seasons that have been played. Moreover, MS Dhoni has the highest win-loss percentage among captains who have captained over 10 matches - 58.86. Suffice to say, there is only one KING in the Jungle.

CSK have the highest win percentage

Including the 2018 season, CSK have played 148 games, out of which they have won 90, boasting an impressive win percentage of 61.56. Next in line are the Mumbai Indians with a win percentage of 57.01. In addition,
Mumbai are the only team against whom CSK have a win percentage of less than 50.They enjoy a win percentage of 80 (the highest against any team) over Sunrisers Hyderabad whom they defeated in the Final of the 2018 season.

CSK were the first team to win all their home games in a single season

In the 2011 edition of the Indian Premier League, CSK won all their fixtures at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, becoming the first team in the history of the league to have a 100% win record at home in a single season.To top that,
they also won the final at the same ground against RCB to clinch their second IPL title. Over the years, as one would expect, CSK have made the Chepauk or the "Den" as it is called by their fans, a yellow fortress that is extremely difficult to breach.

CSK are the only team to retain the IPL Trophy

CSK are the only team to have retained the IPL trophy. They claimed their first title in 2010 when they beat the Mumbai Indians at the DY Patil Stadium. In 2011,
the defending champions replicated their feat by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore. No other team has, as of now, successfully defended the title.

CSK have won the most number of Fair Play Awards

With MS Dhoni as their skipper and Stephen Fleming as the coach, CSK have some of the calmest characters in their ranks. Hence, it comes as no surprise that they have won the
most number of Fair Play Awards as a team.CSK have bagged that award 6 times across the 11 seasons. They won it in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Innovative thinking of the season: MS Dhoni

(Nayi Soch) Innovative thinking of the season: MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings) – (Prize Money: Rs 10 Lakhs) MS Dhoni won this award for thinking out of the box most of
the times during his team’s journey to the triumph. The captain cool was once again at the top of his tactics and got better of the other seven skippers in the comeback season for CSK.

IPL 2018 Stylish player of the season: Rishabh Pant

Stylish player of the season: Rishabh Pant (Delhi Daredevils) – (Prize Money: Rs 10 Lakhs) Rishabh Pant was the owner of the Stylish Player of the Season award as well.
He literally mesmerized the fans with his batting and won it as many as 5 times during the league stages. The left-hander was one of the most explosive players of the season and more will be expected of him next 

IPL 2018 Super Striker of the season: Sunil Narine

Super Striker of the season: Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders) – (Prize: Tata Nexon Car) Sunil Narine won the award for maintaining the strike-rate of 189.89
throughout the 16 matches which he played. He batted fearlessly in all the matches while opening the season and got his team off to a great start more often than not.

IPL 2018 Perfect Catch of the season: Trent Boult

Perfect Catch of the season: Trent Boult (Delhi Daredevils) – (Prize Money: Rs 10 Lakhs) Trent Boult won the award of the Perfect Catch of the season.
He took the catch of Virat Kohli at the Chinnaswamy Stadium which was absolutely a blinder and had left everyone in awe of him.

IPL 2018 Fairplay Award: Mumbai Indians

Fairplay Award: Mumbai Indians – (Prize: Trophy) The defending champions Mumbai Indians won the Fairplay award this year for abiding
the rules of the game and playing all the matches with sportsmanship. They failed to qualify for the playoffs and would be itching to come back strong next year.

IPL 2018 Emerging Player: Rishabh Pant

Emerging Player: Rishabh Pant (Delhi Daredevils) – (Prize Money: Rs 10 Lakhs)
The Emerging player award was won by the ever so impressive Rishabh Pant. The left-hander scored 684 runs in 14 matches
at an unbelievable average of 52.52 and a strike-rate of 173.60. He deserved the award and is now being touted as the next big thing in the Indian cricket.

IPL 2018 Purple Cap: Andrew Tye

Purple Cap: Andrew Tye (Kings XI Punjab) – (Prize Money: Rs 10 Lakhs)
Andrew Tye’s deceptive knuckle balls were the point of discussion this year. He ended the season with a massive 24 wickets in 14 matches at an economy of 8 which is absolutely
acceptable given that he bowls all the difficult overs. He managed to take the four-wicket haul thrice this season amongst which 4/16 were his best figures. Unfortunately, his team couldn’t qualify for the playoffs but the Australian won the hearts with his performances.

IPL 2018 Orange Cap: Kane Williamson

Orange Cap: Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – (Prize Money: Rs 10 Lakhs)
Undoubtedly, one of the best players of the IPL this year. He amassed 735 runs at a strike-rate of 142 with as many as 8 half-centuries which is just amazing. Even in the
final he looked at his best and scored 47 runs off just 36 deliveries. Though he couldn’t play a defining knock, MS Dhoni was worried until he was there in the middle.

IPL 2018 Most Valuable Player: Sunil Narine

Most Valuable Player: Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders) – (Prize Money: Rs 10 Lakhs)
Sunil Narine was brilliant as an all-rounder for the KKR throughout the season. He fittingly won the award of the Most Valuable Player this year.
While his skills with the ball have been impeccable, his batting has reached a new level and he just blunted the leather this time around.

Watson Highest score by any batsman in an IPL Final

CSK needed 75 from 48 when Sandeep came back for his final over. Ironically, it began with a dot-ball. Next ball was a low full-toss that was crashed over extra cover for four. Sandeep returned with a well-disguised slower-ball that Watson simply moved into the crowd behind long-on fence. A rattled Sandeep bowled another low full-toss on the leg side, Watson simply timed into the mid-wicket
stand. Next, a length ball - blasted over long-on. Creditably Sandeep bowled a wide-yorker to finish but in that mood, Watson simply squeezed it between short third-man and backward point. Watson, carrying a hamstring niggle, didn't push himself to run and yet got 27 runs through sheer power. Game killed. From 0 off 10, Watson reached 86 off 45. Six balls later, he cantered to a century, to raucuous applause from the Wankhede Stadium. Even MS Dhoni was on his feet clapping. And that is saying something.

CSK winning their 3rd Indian Premier League title

More than an hour after Chennai Super Kings' historic win in the Indian Premier League 2018, even as the organising committee celebrated the completion of another IPL by throwing confetti on each other and indulging in other silly shenanigans, the players were all still bunched up in the dressing room celebrating their success.
CSK were one of the first teams to create a legacy through their players. They did not have an icon player from the region, but the city took to Dhoni, Raina and co. like their own. The team too reciprocated the love it got from the fans, and maybe that was why they could rally around each other during an emotional return and subsequent triumph.

IPL 2018 Qualification scenarios: SRH

Remaining matches
Versus Royal Challengers Bangalore- M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, 17th May  

Versus Kolkata Knight Riders- Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, 19th May

Best possible scenario- W, W- end with 22 points

Highest possible finish: Number 1

Sunrisers Hyderabad will finish at the top of the points table, irrespective of the results of other matches.

Worst Possible Scenario – L, L- end with 18 points

Lowest possible finish: Number 2

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) can overhaul them with 20 points. Moreover, SRH and CSK’s net run-rates are +0.400 and +0.383. Hence MS Dhoni’s men can also afford one victory, equal them on 18 points and yet finish above the Sunrisers.

In that scenario, SRH have to hope for CSK’s defeat in the other match by a particular margin in order for Chennai’s NRR to finish below that of the Sunrisers. Meanwhile, they also have to ensure that their losses aren’t big enough to take their NRR below the same of CSK’s.

IPL 2018 Qualification scenarios: CSK

Remaining matches
Versus Delhi Daredevils- Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi- 18th May

Versus Kings XI Punjab- Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune- 20th May

Best possible scenario- W, W- end with 20 points

Highest possible finish: Number 1

CSK (20 points) can finish on top provided SRH lose both their matches. Moreover, if SRH wins one match, even then CSK has the possibility of finishing above them. The same is for the reason that CSK’s net-run rate is 0.017 (SRH 0.400- CSK 0.383) less than that of the Sunrisers, which can be covered up.

Worst Possible Scenario – L, L- end with 16 points

Lowest possible finish: Number 4 

CSK have threats from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) who can finish on 16 points, provided they win their remaining two games each. However, among the three teams, only two can finish on 16 points for the fact the RR and KKR will lock horns today.

The loser of the encounter can’t catch CSK’s 16 points. Hence, CSK, at the worst can finish at the number 4 position. The comforting factor for CSK is that there is a stark contrast between theirs and the other teams’ Net Run Rates.

While Chennai’s NRR is +0.383, KKR, RR and KXIP’s NRR are -0.189, -0.347 and -0.518 respectively. It will require some herculean efforts from either of the two teams and a couple of dismal performances by CSK in order for the latter’s NRR to drop below the eventual NRR of the two sides.

IPL 2018 Qualification scenarios: KKR

Remaining matches
Versus Rajasthan Royals- Eden Gardens, Kolkata- 15th May

Versus Sunrisers Hyderabad- Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium- 19th May

Best possible scenario- W, W- end with 16 points

Highest possible finish: Number 2

KKR’s two wins will mean that RR can’t equal them and hence, Ajinkya Rahane’s men are out of the equation. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) remains to be KKR’s only concern. However, the Knights have a Net Run Rate of -0.189 which is 0.329 more than that of KXIP’s -0.518.

Two wins will also mean that KKR’s NRR will escalate and it will be harder for KXIP to overhaul them. Moreover, the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise can also surpass CSK, provided the MS Dhoni-led team loses both matches and KKR narrows the difference between theirs and CSK’s which is -0.572 (CSK +0.383 – KKR (-0.189)).

Worst Possible Scenario – L, L- end with 12 points

Lowest possible finish: Number – 7 (Elimination)

KKR’s loss tomorrow against RR will mean that they slide to number 4 or number 5 (below KXIP) depending on the margin of defeat. Moreover, MI (+0.405) and RCB (+0.218) have a superior Net Run Rate than KKR (-0.189). Hence, at least a win each for MI and RCB might send KKR even below.

They are currently at the number 3 position and if the situation goes terribly wrong for them, they might see themselves at number 7 following RCB’s match against SRH in Hyderabad on May 17. KKR can’t be the cellar dweller, replacing the Delhi Daredevils (DD), as DD can only go up to 10 points.

IPL 2018 Qualification scenarios: Rajasthan Royals

Remaining matches
Versus Kolkata Knight Riders- Eden Gardens, Kolkata- 15th May

Versus Royal Challengers Bangalore- Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur- 19th May

Best possible scenario- W, W- end with 16 points

Highest possible finish: Number 2

RR’S most likely position is number 3, but with luck favouring them, they can even topple CSK to number 2. Rajasthan’s next match is against KKR and they will move to the third spot provided they manage to humble the Knights.

Moreover, a victory against RCB in Jaipur will mean that they remain at number 3 or move to even number 2 if they breach CSK’s NRR of +0.383 which seems unlikely with the difference being 0.73 (CSK +0.383- (RR -0.347). Moreover, CSK will also have to lose against DD and KXIP for RR to surpass them.

Worst Possible Scenario – L, L- end with 12 points

Lowest possible finish: Number-7 (Elimination)

A loss against KKR keeps them at number 4 or take them to number 5, below KXIP if the Knights manage to beat Rahane’s boys by a fair margin. Just like KKR, the Royals also have an inferior Net Run Rate (-0.347) than MI (+0.405) and RCB (+0.218).

If everything goes against them in the next two days, they might find themselves at number 7, following the RCB vs SRH game day after tomorrow. They can only stay above DD, who have cemented their position at number 8.