new Delhi. Since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, there has been a lot of continuity in the Chennai Super Kings team. The team has won the trophy three times in the history of IPL while reaching the final eight times. The team of Chennai Super Kings, under the captaincy of former India world champion Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has always faced problems for its rivals.
In this 13th season of the league, all eyes will be on Dhoni, who had said goodbye to international cricket only last month. Dhoni will land on the cricket field after more than a year. He played his last match in the semifinal match played against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup. But now the fans are eagerly waiting to see Dhoni’s helicopter shot.
West Indies all-rounder and Chennai Super Kings star player Dwayne Bravo recently said that Dhoni will handle the changes in this team in the same way he handled the Indian team. According to Bravo, Dhoni will have less pressure than captaining the Indian team while captaining Chennai.
When the media asked Bravo recently about Dhoni’s successor, he said, “I know this has been going on in my mind for some time.” I mean we all have to be separated at one time. It depends on when you retreat and to whom to handle it. Be it Raina or some youth. The first match of the league this season will be played between the current winners Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi on 19 September. The IPL will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 19 September this time due to Kovid-19. Chennai is eyeing the Mumbai Indians’ record of becoming the champion for the fourth time and winning the title the most times.
Strengths of Chennai Super Kings:
Dhoni will be Chennai’s strongest link as he is part of the team since long time. He is credited with drawing the best out of his players and this quality can once again see CSK lifting the trophy on 10 November. Considering the spin-friendly conditions in the UAE, Dhoni will have world-class bowlers in the form of Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner and Piyush Chawla. In batting, he has the experience of Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson and Bravo, who have the ability to win matches on their own.
CSK has always relied on a solid start. After this, Suresh Raina continued to perform well at number 3. But this time Raina has returned home and he will not play this season. In such a situation, someone else will have the responsibility to meet Raina’s deficiency. Similarly, veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh will also not play this season, which will affect the balance of the team slightly. He is not only a wicket-taking bowler, but can hit some good shots with the bat. The other thing that will worry CSK is the lack of match practice for their senior batsmen like Dhoni, Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain / wicketkeeper), Dwyane Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Piyush Chawla, Kedar Jadhav, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Engidi. Mitchell Santner, Sam Kurain, Murali Vijay, Josh Hazlewood, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Jagadeesan N (wicketkeeper), KM Asif, Monu Kumar, R Sai Kishore.
Support Staff: Stephen Fleming (head coach), Michael Hussey (batting coach), Laxmipathy Balaji (bowling coach), Eric Simmons (bowling consultant), Rajiv Kumar (fielding coach), Tommy Simsek (physiotherapist), Gregory King (trainer), R Russell ( Team Manager), Lakshmi Narayan (Performance Analyst), Sanjay Natarajan (Logistics Manager).