The Performance Of CSK In IPL
The bugel for the 2018 edition of the extravagant Indian Premier League has already been blown. The inaugural match played between CSK and Mumbai Indians was a closely watched event as it marked the re-entry of CSK in IPL after two years of suspension. Before its termination from IPL, the Chennai team had an impeccable record in this mega event, with it playing in 6 finals out of the 8 seasons held. The CSK team also had a close rivalry with the Rohit Sharma led MI team, which added spice to this edition’s first match. Bravo’s heroics with the bat proved to be a gamechanger and CSK won the match with just one wicket and a ball to spare.
The match went down to the wire much to the delight of all cricket fans around the world. CSK has successfully chased scores above 200 a couple of times and is being considered one of the favourites for qualifying in the knockout stage of IPL 2018. It is also the only team to have a cent percent record of playing in the knockout phase. As the tournament inches towards the final showdown on 27th May, the article provides an insight into the factors that have fuelled the Chennai Super Kings’ successes.
The Thinking Cap Is Always On For CSK
The Chennai team’s success can easily be accredited to the sheer amount of planning and insight that goes into its every decision. Be it ensuring the purchase of cost-efficient players time and again, to its commitment to keep the core team intact all the time, the coaching and management team has always made the right decisions. Stephen Fleming and Mike Hussey are the head coach and batting coach respectively for the CSK. They had also served as players for the franchise and have been a part of it along with MS Dhoni since the very beginning. Stephen Fleming is often considered one of the smartest planners of world cricket, with an aptitude for taking unconventional decisions. Mike Hussey has been accorded with the nickname of Mr Cricket for the humongous amount of understanding he has for cricket. He has also assisted heavily with the bat and was the highest scorer in 2013 edition of the game. The trio of Fleming, Hussey and Dhoni has surely worked wonders for the CSK by their shrewd planning off the field.
No Big Names Please!
MS Dhoni was the costliest player of the first edition of IPL and has been worth every penny spent on him. CSK was later carried away by the success of Dhoni and bought the English all-rounder Andrew Flintoff for a larger sum of money. Flintoff, however, could feature only in three games owing to his commitments for the national team. Since then the Super Kings have made it a point to not run unnecessarily behind big stars. Instead, it has chosen to retain as many players as possible, before as well as during the auctions. Unlike other teams who make star-studded appearances during the auctions and in the dugouts, India Cement which is the owner of CSK has deployed only professionals and cricketers for running the team. It is common to see team owners of other teams deciding upon which players to buy which results in over expenditure on certain players who possess stardom but fare poorly in terms of cost-benefit analysis.
The Importance Of All Rounders And Indian Players For CSK
The CSK side has always had all-rounders like Albie Morkel. Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja etc in its squad which helps a lot in the construction of a balanced team. With the rule of only 4 foreign players being allowed to be a part of the playing eleven, it becomes mandatory for every team to have good Indian Players at its disposal. The CSK team has sported numerous capped Indian players who are a lot more experienced in international cricket than the Indian players of other IPL teams. New talents like Ashwin, Manpreet Gony, Shadab Jakati and Murali Vijay etc started getting noticed after their stints at IPL and were selected for the Indian team later.
The MS Dhoni Factor
Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is also known as ‘Captain Cool’ has spearheaded the Chennai team in all the editions it has played. He has been the most successful captain in Indian cricket history and has won two world cups and a champions trophy title for India. His cool demeanour on the field even under the most stressful of situations has been the X-factor in many games which went down to the wire. Dhoni’s capabilities as a finisher are unmatched in the contemporary game of cricket. The huge amount of experience that Dhoni carries into a game is beneficial for the overall performance of the CSK team in high-pressure games.