The edition gone by was a forgettable one for Chennai Super Kings. Yet, by the time the competition in the UAE ended, the popular franchise could see a silver lining.
The youngsters showed promise; cricketers such as Ruturaj Gaikwad, a top-order batsman with fluency.
The 14th edition of the IPL could prove crucial for CSK, a franchise with past conquests that would be seeking to rediscover its feet.
First, CSK has to submit to the IPL governing body, the list of players it wants to retain by January 20. The franchise is looking at some tough calls.
Looking back, CSK did wonderfully well with a bunch of ageing players in IPL-11 and 12, winning in its comeback year and going down in a pulsating final the next.