The return of MS Dhoni to cricket was always expected to make headlines in the IPL. Dhoni took a short break from cricket after India’s World Cup semifinal defeat to New Zealand last year where there were also question marks raised over Dhoni’s position in the batting order.
The most experienced Team in the IPL
KKR might be considered the most thrilling team, Mumbai Indians the most successful team similarly, One can easily say that Chennai Super Kings is the most experienced team hands down, There simply is’nt one player in the CSK squad that does’nt have a decent Domestic or International record under his belt, Take for example a bit and part bloke like Piyush Chawla or so one would think, But the guy is the third highest wicket taker in the IPL overall and the second highest amongst spinners.
Ravindra Jadeja is of course a very integral part of the Indian Limited overs setup and Murali Vijay is a Test veteran with over 5000 International runs. Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu also have two IPL trophies each on their resume’. They will dearly be missing a few players in the form of Vice Captain Suresh Raina and Death Bowler Dwayne Bravo,Despite these losses Chennai reigns supreme when career experience is concerned especially crunch situations.
Two years back after an intense battle between Delhi Capitals, CSK and RCB, all-rounder Shane Watson finally joined the ranks of Chennai Super Kings, The move at that time looked customary, Which in the long run has proven to be much more then that, A match winning knock in the IPL finals of 2018 reaffirmed that.
The other two allrounders are more inclined towards the bowling aspect of the game, Sam Curran certainly showed he that he can hit a long ball when needed and Mitchell Santner can always capitalize on the eminent conditions on dry pitches in UAE.All in all Chennai Super Kings will be heavily reliant on their trio to help them get through at one point or another during the season.
MS Dhoni, MS Dhoni MS Dhoni !!! Need we say anything more, More than 150 Matches Skippered in the IPL, More than 20,000 International runs, 500 International Innings, Thirteen Major tournament finals, Three IPL trophies, Three ICC Trophies and the hearts of a Billion people in India are some of the things that MS Dhoni has won and achieved.
The skipper will once again be shouldering the responsibility of taking Chennai Super Kings over the line, This also takes into assumption that Dwayne Bravo will not be featuring and also MR IPL will not be having a midseason comeback, For now let’s wait and watch.
Predicted XI : Ambati Rayudu, Faf Du Plessis,Shane Watson, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Lungi Ngidi, Ruturaj Gaikwad.