'Ashwin will come first in the auction' - Dhoni

'Ashwin will come first in the auction' - Dhoni

Back from having spent two years disbanded, the Chennai Super Kings are making giant inroads in their plans to get the winning formula back.

Apart from Dhoni, CSK also retained Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja. We will go for him in the auction but as I said, it's not only him, there are other players that you would also want.

During the two years the Super Kings were suspended, Dhoni captained the Rising Pune Supergiants. He captained the side for their first edition but in the previous season, he was sacked by the team management and Australia captain Smith handled the responsibility. As of now, it is tough to say, we will get him or him or him. "This is a special place and the thought of being with any other franchise was never a question".

Speaking at a promotional event organised by India Cements, the owners of CSK, Dhoni, said, "A lot of people approached me, I can tell you that. I can't think of not coming back to CSK". "I am happy to be back in Chennai, it's my second home".

"The fans have over here have literally adopted me, they accept me as their own". He also expressed that the team management, their players as well as the fans conducted themselves amazingly during the two-year ban.

In a surprise move by CSK, they had not retained Ravichandran Ashwin, who is a Chennai boy. The franchise will have to buy Ashwin in the auction and the off-spinner is bound to attract a few bidders. We want local players in the team. "At an auction, it's the price that dictates terms and how much money we can afford to go for each individual and make a strong team will be the key factor". The performances for this team helped the off-spinner get to higher levels in global cricket. "We have somebody like a [Dwayne] Bravo, Faf [du Plessis] and Brendon McCullum [on the radar]".

However, the franchise will not be able to use the Right to Match card for Ashwin since it has already retained three Indian players. Also, ICL has come out with other sweeteners including winning match jersey, tickets and a meeting opportunity with CSK captain M.S. Dhoni and team. With Ashwin, you know we had done the same thing in the past."We will definitely go for him in the auction". There is a lot of excitement among fans about the fact that CSK is back. Even when we did not play in the IPL in the last two years, the fan base increased.