Experienced leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's omission has been a shocker.
''Moral of the story - Believe in yourself and don't take overseas coaches too seriously," tweeted the former Indian medium-pacer.
Suryakumar made a fine 53 in just his second ODI, while Chahar showed his all-round prowess with an unbeaten 69 to take India home in the company of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
"I have learnt a lot under his captaincy. I have taken my game to another level under his guidance. He has always backed me. He taught me how to take responsibility," said the medium-pacer.
Chahar's best IPL performance 4-1-13-4 against Punjab Kings included 18 dot balls and also earned rich praise from national head coach Ravi Shastri.
Dhoni, who has been known to be spot on with DRS, opted to not take a review against Punjab Kings batsman Shahrukh Khan after he was hit on the pads by a Deepak Chahar delivery off the very first ball he faced.
"We are likely to start training on Friday," said CSK Chief Executive Officer K S Viswanathan.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli was named captain of both the ICC's Test and ODI teams of the year besides winning the 'Spirit of Cricket' award for his gesture of trying to stop the fans from booing Steve Smith during a World Cup match.
The 27-year-old had hoped to cement his place in the one-day squad before he was laid low by the injury, which will keep him out of action until April.
India's selectors named Navdeep Saini as Chahar's replacement for Sunday's match in Cuttack.