Eight Years. Six Finals. Two Trophies.
Chennai Super Kings has been one of the most talented and star-studded sides in the IPL since the beginning in 2008. And so it doesn’t come as a surprise that they have been to six finals out of eight in as many years. However, their fans would sure like Dhoni to improve on their success rate in the finals, and tonight is one such occasion to right all wrongs.
Opening with McCullum to sort out their top order, some good hitters in the middle with Faf and Raina, bringing in Nehra to open the bowling are some of the examples of how CSK divided the work they needed to do into small parts and attended to previous season’s issues one at a time.
And not to forget the fearless brand of cricket played by the team, synonymous with MSD, the captain of the franchisee. It is due to this particular brand of cricket that they have reached the final four in this year’s IPL. However, it remains to be seen if they will be able to cross the final hurdle unlike the past two years.
CSK is the franchisee equivalent of Australia in the IPL. Everybody knows that the squad is talented with an explosive batting order and a balanced bowling line-up. However, sometimes it does succumb to the weight of its own expectations at the crucial stages. But it needn’t worry the fans because it’s cyclical and the time seems to be ripe for another IPL trophy, especially since the performance this year by most of the players has been consistent.
The major difference between CSK and some of the other sides in this year’s tournament has been the way they have gelled together and played as a team. If Smith gets out early, there is Du Plessis and Raina, and if these two fail, then Bravo and Dhoni have stepped up to the plate. In the bowling department too, Nehra and Mohit Sharma have had a good partnership with the former swinging the ball from all lengths imaginable.
CSK has found the right balance after the departure of McCullum from their squad. Along with a good mix of spin and pace, CSK has also highly benefitted from youngsters itching to make their presence felt and make it to the Indian squad. The team looks set to go all the way but cricket, as they say, is a game of uncertainties, so you never know when the clock stops ticking. But we do hope that whatever the outcome may be, the fans will get their money’s worth in the finals in Kolkata.