The supporters of the Chennai Super Kings were shocked when their club failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in the 13-year history of the IPL in 2020. Because of their dismal performance, the CSK, led by captain MS Dhoni, chose to release six of their players ahead of the IPL Auction 2021.
This year they are playing much better and are in 2nd place. That being said, they are far from being perfect. There are glaring issues in their performances that do not make them a contender for this year’s IPL.
In this article, we look at 5 reasons why CSK will fail to win the IPL 2021.
1. Lack of proper pace
Due to the lack of a real pacer, CSK may be forced to chase high totals on flat pitches. Lungi Ngidi is unlikely to participate in all of the games, with Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, and Dwayne Bravo likely to fill the remaining three foreign spots. Deepak Chahar had a disappointing IPL 2020 season. While Shardul Thakur plays well for India in all formats, neither bowler is an express pacer capable of troubling the opposition in the middle overs or powerplay. While clever, Sam Curran does not frighten batsmen on surfaces with little lateral movement.
2. Underperformance during the vital phases of the match
To win a game, a team must be aware and capitalize during critical moments. This is where the Chennai Super Kings have failed miserably. CSK got off to a fantastic start in several games, but Dhoni and the middle order were unable to rotate the attack against the spinners on a consistent basis. CSK’s middle order, particularly MS Dhoni, has frequently failed to accelerate, significantly slowing down their innings.
3. CSK’s middle order
After a collective batting failure last season, Kedar Jadhav was labeled the scapegoat, and Shane Watson’s departure has also freed up a slot. In the middle order, though, the squad still includes the internationally retired combination of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina, both of whom are in poor form.
4. Lack of attacking spin options
Moeen Ali is more of a controlling bowler than an aggressive one, despite his ability to bowl brilliantly on occasion. Imran Tahir looks to be the lone spinner capable of attacking, although he is getting on in years and has only played one game this season. Apart from Suresh Raina’s part-time spin, the team has a few rookie bowlers, but they are unlikely to deliver CSK critical middle-overs wickets. MS Dhoni and CSK may have to wait a little longer to add to their trophy collection.
5. Lack of intent
The batsmen down the order for the Chennai Super Kings have a habit of blocking too many deliveries and not rotating the strike enough. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, and Rayudu take too many balls to get in touch with the conditions and get out without making an impression, even if they don’t get off to a great start. So, if they want to pull off a miracle, they’ll have to drastically alter their approach to the game.