Picture Credit: BCCI/IPL

Picture Credit: BCCI/IPL

The five-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings, earlier led by MS Dhoni had a disappointing campaign in the 2024 season. The 2023 winners couldn’t manage to qualify for the playoffs for the third time in their 15 IPL seasons. Ruturaj Gaikwad-led side slumped to Royal Challengers Bengaluru in their final league-stage match. Ahead of the IPL 2024 mini-auction, the Yellow Army had retained their core-squad. 

However, CSK had to let go several key players due to injury before and during the season. The names included some of their stars, including Devon Conway and Matheesha Pathirana. Not only this, but the joint-most winners also saw a major change as MS Dhoni decided to pass on the captaincy baton to young and well deserving Ruturaj Gaikwad. 

The 2025 season will be a mega season, and teams are reportedly being allowed to have only four retentions like the previous IPL Mega Auctions. While there are no confirmations, a minimum of four players can be retained by each team. Not only this, but the teams could also have a Right to Match (RTM) card. 

Four players CSK will retain at the IPL 2025 auction

While there are several names the franchise would like to retain, they will be allowed to go with only four names. Let’s have a look at the four names CSK might retain at the IPL 2025 mega auction. 

Matheesha Pathirana

matheesha pathirana

CSK’s young bowling sensation Matheesha Pathirana is the first name the franchise would like to retain at the mega auction. Pathirana joined CSK in 2022 and made his debut in match against Gujarat Titans, where he took wicket of Shubman Gill on his very first IPL ball. In 2023, the 21-year-old emerged as a hero for his side and picked 19 wickets from 12 games he featured in during the season. 

Pathirana had to leave the 2024 season midway and could play only six matches. However, in those games, the Sri Lanka bowler picked wickets with an average of 13.00 and had the best figures of 4/28.