The Chennai Super Kings roped in England all-rounder Moeen Ali for INR 7 crore in the IPL 2021 Auction. Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings were in the bidding war for the English player but the latter eventually prevailed, making their first buy of the IPL 2021 auction.
The CSK had released six players ahead of the 2021 auction, which included few of the key players of the side in the previous edition like Kedar Jadhav and Piyush Chawla.
While Shane Watson had retired from all forms of cricket after the 2020 season, Harbhajan Singh, who missed out the last year's IPL in the UAE, was also released from the franchise.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to lead the franchise after he confirmed during the final match of the side's 2020 season that he will not be bowing out of the tournament.
The side's left-handed batsman Suresh Raina has returned to the squad, after his sudden departure from the team ahead of the 2020 season raised speculations over his place in the side.
Here is the retained list for Chennai Super Kings:
Retained Players: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore
Bought in the IPL 2021 Auction: Moeen Ali