It goes without saying Chennai Super Kings is enjoying huge success in IPL 2018 in both batting and bowling lineups. They really had a great season by winning 4 out of 5 matches but whom or what deserves the credit for it?
When most of us are talking about Dwayne Bravo’s batting and Shane Watson’s form, there are few more secrets that are still not talked about behind the success of CSK.
- The squad depth
Most of us wouldn’t even expect that CSK would be at top position of the table ahead of Sunrisers Hyderabad and others. They clearly have great depth in playing XI and variety in both ball and bat. CSK has proved all of us wrong who overlooked them.
Though they may lack the depth like SRH or other teams, but they have flexibility in their XI. For example, they replaced a batsman in Faf du Plessis and bowler in Imran Tahir.
They have great all-rounders like Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, and Suresh Raina in top 6, who have authority to bowl at least 4 overs. In case any of their prominent bowlers is not playing, they may expect even more overs. They may use Ambati Rayudu as floater in batting lineup.
In addition, players at the bottom lineup like Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma can be better finishers in death overs. It is a very rare depth and it can easily lay the foundation for a successful campaign.
- Dhoni’s spectacular form
Even in the Indian team and RPS, many fans had been sweating the form of MS Dhoni in batting. But he had shut the mouth of his critics in a great way. Even though the CSK skipper is far from scoring his best, he has never let his fans down in this tournament.
He scored 139 runs at average of 46.33, which is quite decent enough. He hasn’t just led the league from the front, but he has also played some of the remarkable innings with bat. When he was looking unlikely, he has virtually nailed it off with 79 runs off 44 balls against Kings XI Punjab.
He provided finishing touches against SRH which he propelled to 182. He has been in great form and he has given another reason to CSK fans to celebrate. For the season, he has secured his best.
- Deepak Chahar’s bowling
CSK has proved them that they can pick quality pacers who can swing the ball, be it Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma or even the all-time favorite Ashish Nehra to make a comeback.
Finally, Deepak Chahar has become the part of this well-known legacy. He has been the first choice before the veteran Shardul Thakur as the new swing hero for CSK in 2018. For Chennai, Chahar has been playing well.
In this year’s IPL, he has had great start. In five matches, he took 6 wickets. It is why he is important to the team. He swings the ball in different ways and gets wickets in powerplay.