Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is undoubtedly one of the most successful franchises in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, CSK won five titles – 2010, 2011, 2018, 2021, and 2023. But what made these trophies possible were the loads of runs that were scored by their batters.
Here’s a look at the five players who have scored the most runs for the Chennai-based franchise in IPL. Who will become CSK’s highest run scorer in the 2024 season? Cricket fans can guess and earn rewards from an IPL betting platform.
Top 5 Highest Run-getters of CSK in IPL
Suresh Raina is the leading run scorer for CSK in the popular T20 league. The legendary batter has 4687 runs, while MS Dhoni and Faf du Plessis are second and third in the list, respectively. Here are the top five run scorers for CSK in IPL:
Faf du Plessis
● Suresh Raina:
Suresh Raina, known as ‘Chinna Thala’ among CSK faithful, played for CSK right from the start. He was drafted into the side back in 2008, the first season of the IPL. The left-handed batter was the player of the match when CSK won their first IPL title, scoring a valuable half-century. He has made 33 fifties and a hundred in the yellow jersey.
Raina kept playing for CSK till 2021, after which he would call time on his IPL career. During his stint with the Chennai outfit, he served the team wholeheartedly with his orthodox batting and showed the world that he could still score big despite looking so pleasing to the eye.
● MS Dhoni:
Dhoni was a hot property and became the most expensive cricketer in the inaugural auction. The ‘Captain Cool’ proved the investment was worth it, as he would lead CSK to five IPL titles, staying at the franchise for more than a decade. He has played many memorable match-winning knocks for CSK in the league.
The legendary cricketer has hit 22 half-centuries for CSK and is the only CSK player to rack up more than 200 appearances for the franchises. After playing 16 seasons, Dhoni is still gearing up for another season of IPL, and CSK fans will be hoping that their team will bring a sixth title to Chennai.
● Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis is the distant third on the list, with nearly 3000 runs for the franchise. The South African had taken to his position of opening the innings for CSK, where he slammed 20 fifties. He was at his menacing best in the 2021 season, where he was the Orange Cap holder with 633 runs, helping CSK win the title that year.
Though Du Plessis is no longer part of the CSK franchise, it would take some time to topple the veteran batter from the top five run charts of CSK. The South African left the franchise at the end of the 2021 season, but CSK fans have huge affection for this classy batter.
● Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu, part of the rebel Indian Cricket League, had to fight hard to return to the domestic fold. But once he came, he became a beast. One such example was on display when he played for the Mumbai Indians in the 2010 edition of the IPL, scoring 356 runs and showing flashes of brilliance.
However, his best years were at CSK, as he moved to the franchise in 2018. Within five years, he had amassed nearly 2000 runs in just 80 innings, becoming the franchise’s fourth-highest run-getter. He saw his peak years at the franchise as he became the crucial cog in the CSK middle order, with a century and eight fifties to his name.
Ruturaj Gaikwad shot to prominence thanks to his sublime batting in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the 2018–19 season, where he ended up being the highest run scorer for Maharashtra. Although CSK scouts took note and bought him, he warmed the bench in the 2019 season and played in the 2020 season only after CSK was eliminated.
In those few games, he proved he could be the one for the future, and the prophecy came true in 2021 as he went on to get the Orange Cap with a fantastic run tally of 635 runs. A solid opener, Gaikwad can be conventional and yet explosive. He takes his time, and once he gets going, it becomes tough for the opposition to stop him.
These are some of the stalwarts of the franchise. CSK was the first strong team in the IPL, and till 2012, it had a sheer dominance until Mumbai Indians overtook them. As IPL heads into another new season, the new generation of CSK batters can learn much from the legendary batters.