It’s said that all good things must come to an end, and so they did for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) which found itself rooted at the bottom of the points table. This has turned out to be quite a blow to CSK fans, as the team under the leadership of MS Dhoni had the inevitable record of qualifying for every IPL play-offs except the two years it was banned by BCCI.
Ahead of the next IPL season, the team management of CSK has much to ponder upon to get things on the right track in the 14th edition. This includes taking some tough calls and making changes in the ageing squad. If speculations are to be believed, the mega auction which was scheduled to take place ahead of IPL 2021 is likely to be scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. If that happens, the CSK squad may find itself struggling in front of the young recruits of other franchises.
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Absence of power hitters in the squad
The Chennai Super Kings were dealt a big blow even before the commencement of the 13th edition of the IPL. Suresh Raina, the most consistent batsman in the team, withdrew from the tournament citing personal reasons, and he was followed by veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Their absence was felt in the team, as the men in yellow struggled to compete against the implacable power-hitters of other teams. The opening duo – Faff Du Plessis and Shane Watson – were unable to live up to the billing. While the former managed to score 449 runs in 13 matches, the latter only got 299 odd runs in 11 matches. Ambati Rayudu’s 359 runs in 12 matches also didn’t contribute much in keeping CSK’s sinking ship afloat.
The shaky foundation set by the top-order batsmen was one of the major reasons why CSK could not set the scoreboard on fire or hunt the massive targets down.
Lack of form of MS Dhoni
The IPL 2020 season marked the return of MS Dhoni to T20 cricket from the first time since the 2019 ICC World Cup. In the initial matches that Dhoni played for CSK, he made some debatable decisions by promoting the likes of Sam Curran, Ambati Rayadu and Ravindra Jadeja over him. While this decision paid off in the first match, it backfired in the other two.
In the 13th edition of the IPL, Dhoni seemed to be a man struggling to keep up with the pace of the game. His captaincy also appeared to be lacking in spark, and he seemed to be very rigid in making changes in the game plan at various instances.
Age of players has become a liability for the team
The men in yellow are also commonly referred to as Daddy’s Army. This is because the squad is full of ageing players such as MS Dhoni, Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis – all of whom are past their mid-30s. Even though, the cricketing stars proved their worth in the revival season after a two-year ban. They went on to demolish the young opposition scoop up the coveted trophy.
Continuing with ‘experience over youth’ philosophy has started taking a toll on them. CSK failing to qualify for the play-offs clearly indicates that the philosophy is fading with time. As the young champs are displaying their physical prowess, the experienced side needs to first revamp their squad to keep up with the rapid pace of the best.
Strange tactics leading
Everyone knows that CSK is at the forefront when it comes to bringing some patented tactics to the game. Remember the bizarre placing of Matthew Hayden at a straighter mid-off, instead of the normal mid-off position by MS Dhoni in 2010. This masterstroke in the field by Dhoni helped Chennai win the final match.
However, those have become old tales and are far from true in the current scenario. The recruit of Sam Curran reaped dividends, for he contributed with both bat and ball. Despite showing a good form, Curran was persisted with batting lower down the order and got to open after 7 games. Similarly, Imran Tahir, the purple cap winner of IPL 2019, was able to perform on the field in just 3 matches.
The squad looks deprived of T20 specialists
MS Dhoni has spoken at length about his inefficiency to be in the leader’s role. Given the fact that no player has risen upon the occasion raises a question mark on the squad’s shape. The absence of a quality player in a highly-competitive tournament can be the worst shot for the team.
When it comes to other teams, the short-format hitters are Marcus Stoinis for Delhi Capitals, Nitish Rana representing Kolkata Knight Riders, Hardik Pandya donning the blue outfit, and Nicholas Pooran for Punjab. Unfortunately, CSK has none like them who can change the course of the gameplay with their strokes.
Thus, brainstorming under the room of professionals and making some drastic changes in the need of the hour for CSK.