Chennai Super Kings might have done fairly well in whole IPL, but they lost the plot in the most important last hour of the tournament. With 70-1 in 9 overs, they were cruising towards their 4th IPL title. With the wicket of Raina, CSK was started tumbling like a deck of cards.
However, Shane Watson took his time initially but he kept CSK alive in the game. But at the crunch moment, he lost his wicket too. Their talisman MS Dhoni also got run outscoring mere 2 off 8 deliveries. That decision has raised certain eyebrows though. Mumbai Indians deserved to win the tournament as they hold their nerves during tense moments.
In IPL 2019, Mumbai Indians met CSK 4 times and they emerged out as the winner every single time. Despite scoring a comparatively low score, they managed to win against an experienced CSK.
Here are a few talking points that went wrong for CSK this season
1. Out of form openers
Shane Watson is a legend known for his all-round abilities around the world. He, along with Ambati Rayudu at the top was solely responsible for CSK’S title triumph last year. But this season he looked completely out of touch as he could manage only 2 half centuries. He took his time to settle and threw his wicket in the powerplay only. CSK had the worst powerplay average score among all teams.
2. Death Bowlers Misery
Lungi Ngidi is a world class bowler who can get you wickets in the powerplays as well as in the death. An injured Lungi Ngidi was a huge blow for CSK. They roped in the kiwi, Scott Kuggeleijn as his replacement but he failed to leave an impression. As a result death bowling was always a concern for Chennai Superkings. Deepak Chahar did quite well but he couldn’t get support from Bravo and Shardul Thakur.
3. Kedar Jadhav’s Injury
Kedar Jadhav is a street smart cricketer who understands the game quite well. He is a handy customer who will always take you to the winning line on his own. During the latter half of the tournament, Jadhav suffered a shoulder injury and his IPL 2019 journey came to an end.
4. Bravo’s lost shine
When it comes to T20s, Dwayne Bravo is a legend who has played around 500 matches across the globe in all tournaments. He isn’t the same batsman he used to be 7-8 years ago; his bowling too has lost the lustered he was known for. His slower deliveries are easily read by the batsmen now. Also, he has lost the pace, making his bowling quite normal.
CSK is a team that doesn’t believe in too many changes. But this year’s IPL is an eye-opener for them if they wish to flair good in future. CSK needs to find young guns like Delhi Daredevils along with experienced campaigners for a balanced side.