IPL 2020: Spin heavy Chennai Super Kings Hit by Age, Loss in Players and Venue

Chennai Super Kings Finish Seventh

Where Did They Finish:

The Chennai Super Kings finished seventh on the table with six wins in fourteen matches.

They have failed to make the playoffs for the first time in IPL history.
The Super Kings were the first to be eliminated this season, but a final run to win three wins on the trot helped them get to seventh.

Positives:

Sam Curran was bought in the auction ahead of IPL 2020 and has done very well to mark CSK.
He has done well with both the bat and ball, taking up various roles and playing in multiple situations.

He picked up thirteen wickets this season and has batted as both an opener and a middle-order batsman.
His performance is a bright spot for Chennai Super Kings. He is likely to have a long career for the Chennai Super Kings.

Ruturaj Gaikwad made three fifties in a row to finish the group stage and has shown his talent and what he can offer CSK in the future.
He has had a tough IPL, having gotten Covid at the start and struggling with the bat on recovery.

With Shane Watson struggling at the top, Faf Du Plessis has come out strong and carried the batting line-up throughout the IPL.
Despite his age, Faf Du Plessis has also been one of the best fielders in the side, taking some good catches in the deep.

While Ravindra Jadeja hasn’t done much with the ball, he continued his excellent batting form and took up the finisher of CSK.
His batting form has been improving over the past two years, and this season he delivered with the bat for the Super Kings.

Negatives:

Sam Curran and Ravindra Jadeja were standout performers for the Chennai Super Kings


MS Dhoni endured his worst season as both a batsman and a captain.

With Suresh Raina not playing, a lot of responsibility would have fallen on Dhoni to deliver with the bat, but he couldn’t as he finished the season without a single 50.

Injuries to Bravo, Rayudu and the pull-outs of Raina and Harbhajan Singh early has not allowed the Chennai Super Kings to field a settled combination.
The side was a little rigid in the selection and could not dig into their resources after losing players.

They managed to find a settled eleven, but by then, they were out of contention.
Chennai Super King’s spin army struggled to strangle batsmen in Dubai.

Jadeja, Chawla, and Karn Sharma were not aggressive enough, while Tahir couldn’t get too many games due to the team combination.
Chennai Super King’s style of backing players has also backfired on them this side.

They stuck with the likes of Shane Watson and Kedar Jadhav for a considerable period in the tournament, but neither could deliver in time.

While Watson did manage to get going after a few games with two half-centuries, Jadhav struggled and played with a low-strike rate putting more pressure on the batsmen.

What they should look at before IPL 2021:

The Chennai Super Kings are likely to go for a revamp next season.

With many players on the older side and with Shane Watson retiring, a new look for the Super Kings may do well.

The side may look for younger batsmen in the auction as they struggled to finish run-chases this season and were relatively slower in the field.

Star Performers:

Sam Curran was the best performer for Chennai Super Kings.
He has played in various roles and put his hand up in different situations for the Super Kings.

His performance has been impressive, and Sam Curran is likely to be a part of the Chennai Super Kings for a long time.
Despite the late entry, Ruturaj Gaikwad has done well to show some spark with three fifties in a row.

His performance may help CSK identify the right opening partner for Faf Du Plessis in the future. With Suresh Raina’s possible return and Ambati Rayudu on the side, CSK could have a firm top order in IPL 2021.

Ravindra Jadeja, with the bat, has done well as a finisher. He has a strike rate of 214 in the death, with very few players striking higher than him.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.