Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday said the franchise would be aiming to get Ravichandran Ashwin back in the fold in the upcoming IPL players' auction.
Ashwin is back in auction pool after CSK, back in the IPL fold after serving the suspension in the aftermath of the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, retained Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja. The players' auction is scheduled on January 27 and 28 in Bengaluru.
"As I have said it is always a tough call. With Ashwin, you know we had done the same thing in the past. We will definitely go for him (Ashwin) in the auction. Ashwin definitely being a local lad, we want a lot of local players to be part of CSK," Dhoni said at a promotional event for India Cements.
"We have two right-to-match options but having already retained three capped Indians, don't think we can use it. We will have to buy him out in the auction. As of now, it is tough to say, we will get him or him or him," he added.
"Ashwin will come first in the auction for us. But we will have to wait and watch. We will try to get him," he added.
He also stressed on the adaptability factor at the auction and said they would have to keep the emotions in check while picking the squad.
"We have made three retentions. One keeper, two batsmen. Two batsmen that can bowl. As of now it is very difficult to say whom we will get. That is the adaptability factor that we need at the auction table and we need to keep emotions in check," he said.
He also thanked the fans for their support and praised the franchise's management for backing the team.
"Our biggest strength has always been the fans. All over wherever we have gone, CSK has got support. Even when we did not play in the IPL in the last two years, the fan base increased."
Dhoni said the focus at CSK was always on cricket and making sure the players did well in the opportunities they got.
"We have always made sure that players who have played for CSK, even those who came from other franchises, for whatever reason, have performed well," he noted.
(With inputs from PTI)