From 2008 to 2019, Chennai Super Kings was synonymous with consistency within the IPL. It was the one staff which had certified for all of the playoffs in that interval (it didn’t determine within the competitors in 2016 & 17), successful three titles. But during the last three years, the aspect has had a topsy-turvy efficiency curve, ending within the penultimate spot in 2020 and 2022, and clinching the title in 2021.
All that wouldn’t matter when M.S. Dhoni leads the Super Kings out on the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on April 3. With the followers ready for this second for the previous three years, it might properly be one of many defining photos of the season.
At the 2022 mega public sale, CSK prioritised constructing a staff with expertise and assembled a squad suited to the spin-friendly circumstances in Chepauk. It didn’t signal a top quality Indian pacer besides Deepak Chahar. Once he was dominated out of the match final 12 months, CSK was left with an ineffective bowling assault because it was compelled to depend on uncapped Indians. With Chahar again, Dhoni’s males will hope that their ₹14-crore signing delivers.
Another purpose for the disappointing marketing campaign in 2022 was the poor run of the Indian cream of Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu. So much will depend upon the trio, other than Dhoni and all-rounder Shivam Dube, to energy the batting unit.
On the abroad entrance, the four-time champion has opener Devon Conway, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes to lend firepower. In Stokes, CSK might need additionally discovered a future chief. However, it ought to be cautious of its line-up changing into left-hander heavy and getting uncovered to off-spin.
Most deadly weapon
The most deadly weapon for Super Kings is the Chepauk pitch. The Yellow Army has at all times maximised its residence benefit on the floor aiding the tweakers, successful 40 of its 56 matches (71%) — the most effective for any staff.
Last 12 months, Maheesh Theekshana was the standout performer and the Sri Lankan spinner ought to relish bowling alongside Jadeja on the MAC Stadium.
With Dwayne Bravo hanging up his boots, CSK wants somebody to bowl successfully on the again finish. Fortunately, it was in a position to signal South African speedster Sisanda Magala, recognized for his death-bowling expertise, as an harm substitute for Kiwi Kyle Jamieson. The problem could be to accommodate him because the fourth overseas participant. Super Kings can even count on at the very least one of many Indian quicks to step up.
This season may very well be an important for the Men in Yellow as hypothesis is rife that it may very well be the ultimate one for Dhoni, who has revealed that he desires to play his final recreation in Chennai.
If 2023 is Dhoni’s final dance, bringing the IPL trophy again to his second residence could be essentially the most becoming technique to finish an excellent profession.