Three-time champions CSK had a flop present final season, avoiding the wood spoon thanks to a couple victories on the back-end of the league section as they didn’t make the play-offs for the primary time within the match’s historical past.
Here’s a take a look at what works and what would not for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led workforce, which opens its marketing campaign by taking up Delhi Capitals in Mumbai on April 10:
CSK have oodles of expertise, which is able to stand them in good stead in essential conditions. The inspirational management of Dhoni is one other benefit for the workforce. The return of Raina will strengthen the batting unit which faltered far too typically in final 12 months’s IPL within the UAE.
A batting line-up of Raina, together with Faf du Plessis, Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, new recruit Moeen Ali and quick enhancing Ruturaj Gaikwad may show a handful for rival bowling assaults and large scores may set the platform for the bowlers to do their job.
With the likes of Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Curran, Deepak Chahar within the line-up, CSK have an honest bowling unit to check the very best of batsmen in opposition ranks.
A workforce comprising ageing stars proved CSK’s undoing final season and so they have caught just about to the core squad. Within the fast-paced world of T20s, senior stars may show to be a handicap.
With a few of the CSK gamers, together with Dhoni, Raina, Rayudu and Tahir having retired from worldwide cricket and never enjoying home video games, lack of match time may damage the workforce. That aside, the captain’s waning ending powers has not helped the workforce’s trigger.
The choice of Australian tempo ace Josh Hazelwood to drag out of the IPL to present himself relaxation forward of the hectic worldwide season forward will likely be a blow for CSK.
Additionally, Ravindra Jadeja is coming back from a protracted harm break and the way quickly he will get again to his finest should be seen.
Veteran Trinidad all-rounder Dwayne Bravo‘s diminishing returns aside from his harm issues would fear CSK.
With this 12 months’s IPL matches to be performed at impartial venues, CSK, which rely a lot on spin, should alter their technique, particularly in Mumbai the place the wickets may additionally have one thing for pacers.
The spin bowling division has skilled and skilful operators however the think-tank must get the mixture proper. Imran Tahir spent most of final season on the bench and the others like Piyush Chawla and Karn Sharma have been ineffective.
After a forgettable 2020 season the place they completed seventh, issues can solely go north for Dhoni and his males. Identified to be gradual starters, the Tremendous Kings would have to be at their finest from the start to make an impression and in addition get the mixture proper.
Poor batting let down CSK final season within the UAE and if they do not rework their techniques, it may hamper their possibilities but once more.
The tempo bowlers might want to step up massive time if the three-time champions are to place up a great present, else it might be one other robust season for Dhoni & Co.
CSK Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, Okay Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishanth