With a win percentage of over 60, it is evident that CSK are the most consistent IPL team © IANS
With a win percentage of over 60, it is evident that CSK are the most consistent IPL team © IANS

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for long have been the best team in Indian Premier League (IPL). They have been the most consistent team and have a rich history. Nikhil Popat tries to find the numbers which make them the team to watch out for every year.

One cannot talk about IPL without mentioning CSK. Such has been their dominance in the competition that they have made it to the knock-out (and playoff) stage every year, winning the title twice and finishing runners-up twice in seven editions of the league. Their reason for such magnitude of success has been that the core of the team has remained the same throughout the years. IPL 2015 Auction: Chennai Super Kings full list of players bought

MS Dhoni has led them superbly in all the editions. To aid him, he has had services of coach Stephen Fleming. Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin have been part of the set up since origin. Raina has been the lynchpin of their batting. Dwayne Bravo is the one overseas import who has stayed with them throughout as well since he left Mumbai Indians (MI). Last year, they had the lethal pair of Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum opening the batting for them. McCullum will be keen to continue his good form with the bat. Their bowling has been their weakness of sorts over the years but the resurgence of Ashish Nehra and when they brought in Irfan Pathan in the auction, they might just have no weakness other than that of mere expectations. IPL 2015 Auction: Delhi Daredevils full list of players bought

This year presents CSK new opportunities. Dhoni has retired from Tests and with that load gone, expect him to be more aggressive. Raina has had a wonderful season and all will wish to continue to be at his lethal best. Michael Hussey was brought back by them. They also bought in a few pace bowlers in Kyle Abbott and Andrew Tye. They have a good all-round squad and they will be looking forward to this season of IPL. IPL 2015 Auction: Kings XI Punjab full list of players bought

Following are some numbers that make CSK the formidable team they are:

1. CSK have a win percent of 60.96 in the IPL, winning 69 of their 115 matches.

2. Raina is the highest run-getter in IPL history: he has scored 3,325 runs at an average of 35.75 striking the ball at 142.03.

3. Raina also has the record of being the only player to have played all matches that CSK have played in the IPL. Incidentally, he is also the player to play most matches in IPL.

4. Though Raina has never won the Orange Cup, he is the only batsman to have scored 400 in every edition of IPL.

5. Raina also holds the record for taking the most catches in the IPL. He has taken 64 catches; the next best is Rohit Sharma with 54 catches.

6. The record for scoring most IPL fifties also belongs to Raina: he had 24 scores of over fifty; Gautam Gambhir is next with 23.

7. With 134 sixes, Raina has hit the most sixes in IPL as well for CSK.

8. Dhoni has the record for playing most IPL matches as captain; he has captained 112 games.

9. A mere 127 is the highest score for any CSK batsman, Murali Vijay scored that many against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2010. This proves that CSK’s success has been dependent more on their entire batting line-up than anyone specific.

10. Ashwin with 80 wickets is the highest wicket-taker for CSK in IPL. Once again, he has been nowhere close to the top, which proves the depth in their attack.

11. Mohit Sharma has the best strike rate (14.5) for any bowler who has bowled minimum 100 overs in the IPL. He also won the Purple Cap in IPL 2014.

(Nikhil Popat is a cricket lover and a PotterHead, who loves to be himself. He can be followed on Twitter @CricCrazyNIKS)