Chennai Super Kings have been synonymous with the Indian Premier League finalists over the past decade, even in the two seasons that they didn’t play. Returning to the league after a two-year ban, the yellow army has showed yet again why no other side knows the art of success better than them.
CSK’s tendency to come up with heroes whenever needed
In this age and day of cricket, where every move is preceded with analytics, and permutation and combination, Chennai had shocked everyone at the mega-auctions by going for the bygone heroes. At a time when other sides were politely rejecting the uxorious likes of Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, and Chris Gayle, CSK put their bets on the likes of Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, and Harbhajan Singh. But ask Stephen Fleming and he will tell you that he’d rather buy winners than wins.
UEFA Champions League winners for three consecutive seasons - Real Madrid are a similar side. Though they have exciting youngsters like Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas
CSK’s aged brigade hasn’t been any different. Defying all the odds of fitness and rigor that T20 matches demand, it has just been the mental battle that they have kept winning. History has been evident that CSK
Their first match against Mumbai Indians saw crowd favorite Dwayne Bravo scoring a 30-ball 68 to get them to a last-ball win chasing a target of 166, while the second match saw Sam Billings pull off a brilliant 56 runs in 23 balls in his debut to clinch the game against KKR, which went to the 20th over again as CSK were chasing a mammoth total of 203. Then again a few games later against Royal Challengers Bangalore, when CSK had lost Watson, Suresh Raina, and Billings early while chasing a target of 205, the captain stepped up with a scintillating knock of 34-ball-70 to take the
Mahendra Singh Dhoni could be the single biggest reason for any side to win any cricket tournament, be it the Chennai Super Kings, India national team or Rising Pune Supergiant. Overseas players have been an integral part of IPL since its inception, but hardly would you hear them speaking about their captain in such an awe as they do about Dhoni. His calm demeanor, ability to read any given situation and lead any side regardless of the players, is unparalleled. To top that, the captain cool seems to have regained his old, mercurial form that had initially brought him to the limelight. Dhoni has garnered more than 450 runs only thrice in IPL- 2008, 2013 and 2018, which is just another reminder of how CSK have been blessed with.
Their return to the league was celebrated
Lungi Ngidi breaking out to the fore
CSK had got Ngidi for a meager 50 lakhs at the mega auctions, largely suggesting that the emerging Protean would be reduced to a backup option. The season started with Deepak Chahar
The match saw a collective 409 runs scored by the sides together with no regards for the bowlers whatsoever, despite the bowling pitch. But, while the likes of Watson, KM Asif, and Bravo were struggling, Ngidi quietly did his job conceding 26 runs in four overs and bowling 12 dot balls in the match - the most by any from both sides. However, his best was yet to come. Before the league’s last game against Kings XI Punjab, which was sort of a must-win for both the sides for different reasons, Ngidi bowled the spell of his life. Punjab
Suresh Raina’s lifelong romance with IPL final
In terms of the social media trollers, “Suresh Raina and IPL final is still a better love story than Twilight”. CSK have reached the IPL final six times before this season, winning twice, and Raina has played a crucial part
Raina’s retention had probably cost CSK Ravichandran Ashwin, who captained KXIP this season, but one look at Raina’s runs in IPL finals and any team would want to have him with open hands. Raina’s runs in the most important games of the
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