Chennai Super Kings: A second shot at a fitting epilogue?
The big signings of Moeen and Gowtham gives captain Dhoni more spin bowling options to play with. ©BCCI
Without intending any puns, it must be said that Chennai Super Kings seemed to age significantly through the course of last year’s IPL. Doubts regarding their ability to challenge for top honours go back to 2018, but they responded with a title win in MS Dhoni’s best season, and followed it with a final appearance in 2019. But, 2020 felt different.
They just about avoided the embarrassing wooden spoon and disintegrated beyond recognition to mention one among the foremost anticlimactic epilogues to a run filled with success, drama and unexpected revivals. For a side that’s perhaps looking forward to the large auctions and an entire reset quite most others, the addition of a fourth year to the cycle provides a rare chance to change the narrative one last time.
The return of Suresh Raina, and a couple of auction additions hardly seem enough for CSK to start the journey of an entire turnaround just six months after their sustained struggle. But because the ongoing cycle suggests, cricketing wisdom sometimes perishes at the doorsteps of this franchise.
oved himself round the card , Kohli may be a top-order specialist. Only fourfold has he batted outside the highest three for the Royal Challengers, contributing 22.93% of the team’s runs overall.
On the opposite hand, quite 40% of Sharma’s captaincy career has been spent batting outside the highest three. He stuck to the opening spot within the last two seasons, but has not achieved high levels of consistency or volume of runs. However, when he makes significant scores, the probabilities of Mumbai Indians winning are higher: only seven of his 22 fifties as captain have resulted in defeats, and he was Player of the Match on 12 out of the 15 occasions when he scored fifties in wins.