Chennai Super Kings has a habit of making it to playoffs every time they walk onto the stadium. It;s like they have a never ending thirst for reaching the apex positions in the points table. Chennai Super Kings have made it to the playoffs for 9 consecutive times in the past 10 years. Their consistent performances have earned them the title of King of IPL over the years.
Though they are the best in the business, in the past few games they haven’t quite played to their potential. There were certain flaws that didn’t go well with Dhoni as he become vocal about them in the post match conferences. If Dhoni’s Super Kings want to clinch the trophy once again for the 3rd time, then they might have to work on some areas of their game.
let’s have a look at the top 3 issues that Chennai Super Kings would have to resolve before the playoffs begin
Raina’s poor run with the bat
Raina hasn’t been in great touch with the bat as he could amass only 330 runs in 12 games with just 3 fifties. For the first time Raina hasn’t been able to contribute significantly to the team’s total. Raina , who is considered as one of the greatest batsmen in the IPL will have to level up his game by hook or by crook.
He has on many occasions been the match winner for Chennai Super Kings and will be expected to do the same in future as well. Raina would have to replicate his previous season performances as he still holds the key for CSK’s victory.
Ambati Rayudu , Dhoni and Watson may have been in terrific touch this season and Raina’s pinch hitting abilities would have been an icing on the cake. Raina has always been a big match player for the Chennai franchise and will look to reinvent his game before the playoff sets in.
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Dismal death over bowling
Looks like all is not well with the Chennai Super Kings bowling unit this season. They have been failing to restrict the opposition to low totals courtesy the dismal death over bowling. CSK has not been the best with ball lately despite having some of the best death over specialists of the game.
CSK have been getting slogged in the death overs for sixes and fours in a back to back manner. Bravo ,being one of the legends of the T20 format is struggling hard to find the right line and length in his bowling. Dhoni , probably would have to go with Shardul Thakur or Lungi Ngidi in the death overs and will expect the duo to take up the role of death over specialists before marching into such a crucial stage of the game.
Pathetic piece of fielding
Lastly, their pathetic exhibition of fielding that has given the franchise major headaches throughout the season. Dhoni has always put great emphasis on having a strong fielding unit that could field their way to the top position.
Their inconsistency in working as a fielding side has surely led to them missing out on lot of run outs and catches . PLus, the team hasn’t been able to stop the outflow of runs which cost them the match on quite a few occasions. Expert fielder Jadeja also hasn’t been in his top form this season.
Hopefully the champion kings look into these matter closely and resolve them before the commencement of playoffs.