The Super Kings had a solid alpha to their 2008 IPL Season, acceptable their aboriginal 4 matches. However, their top adjustment and bowling advance took a hit afterwards Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey and Jacob Oram larboard the aggregation for all-embracing duty. The team's achievement reflected this, as they proceeded to lose their abutting 3 matches. The batting, although inconsistent, eventually adapted to the losses of Hayden and Hussey with contributions from Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Albie Morkel. The gap in the team’s bowling larboard by Oram’s abandonment was eventually abounding by the accession of Makhaya Ntini and Albie Morkel (both of whom were arena the Pro20 calm affray in South Africa during the alpha of the tournament) and the actualization of Manpreet Gony. A win in the final alliance bout adjoin the Deccan Chargers ensured their advance into the semi-finals.
The aggregation defeated the Kings XI Punjab in the semifinal by 9 wickets. They absent the final to Rajasthan Royals by three wickets off the aftermost ball.
Apart from Andrew Flintoff, the fresh players who accept been active up for the 2009 division are Thilan Thushara from Sri Lanka, George Bailey from Tasmania, Australia and Murali Vijay, the Tamil Nadu batsman who has played for India in two analysis matches, Sudeep Tyagi, who absent the 2008 division due to injury, makes a improvement this year. In addition, Shadab Jakati of Goa was additionally added to the team, a larboard acreage alternative by V. B. Chandrasekhar the team's Director of Cricketing Operations. Five players , Srikanth Anirudha , Sivaramakrishnan Vidyut , Selvam Suresh Kumar , Abhinav Mukund and Napoleon Einstein were beatific aback from South Africa to trim the band .Michael Hussey, one of the stars of the 2008 season, has autonomous out of the 2009 season. But later, he absitively to appear aback for the semifinals but was not best to play.
The Superkings absent their aboriginal bout to the Mumbai Indians by 19 runs, but won the additional bout adjoin the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 92 runs, with the man of the bout actuality Muralitharan and Matthew Hayden scoring 65 off 35 balls.They accept entered the Semifinals afterwards their win adjoin Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets.
Andrew Flintoff best up a knee abrasion and was aloof from the affray and alternate to England aboriginal in the tournament.
But their IPL appellation hopes accept been ashore by resurgent Royal Challengers, Bangalore in their semi-final clash, so they did not authorize for the IPL final.