New Delhi. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (CSK vs SRH) by 6 wickets in the 44th match of IPL 2021 (IPL 2021) to secure a place in the playoffs (IPL 2021 Playoffs). They are the first team to reach the playoffs this season. This victory was also special for CSK, captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Because in the last season, CSK did not reach the playoffs. The team finished seventh in the points table by winning 6 out of 14 matches. This was the first time that CSK did not reach the IPL playoffs. Then there was a lot of criticism of Dhoni and his team. At that time Dhoni had said that we will try to make a strong comeback and this season his team has done that.
After all, how the team which was laggy in the last season is performing well in this season, what is the reason for the team’s success?. Let’s understand.
The main reason for CSK’s better performance in IPL 2021 is the team’s opening pair. Faf du Plessis and Rituraj Gaikwad have batted brilliantly this season. Both are included in the top-5 batsmen with the most runs in this season. Du Plessis has scored 435 runs in 11 matches at an average of over 50. He has been successful in scoring half-centuries in 4 out of 11 matches.
On the other hand, Rituraj’s bat is also speaking fiercely. He has scored 407 runs in 11 matches played so far in IPL 2021. He has studded 3 fifty during this time. In this season, the pair of Du Plessis and Gaikwad have shared more than 100 runs for the first wicket twice and 50 or more runs 4 times.
CSK’s middle order also strong with top order
For the second and fifth wickets in this season, the CSK batsmen have shared more than 100 runs partnership. This is proof that the team’s middle order is also scoring runs at crucial times and that is what makes the difference between a team’s victory and defeat. Apart from Du Plessis and Rituraj, Moeen Ali (278) Ambati Rayudu (195), Ravindra Jadeja (179) have scored runs in this season. Suresh Raina has also scored 157 runs in 11 matches. CSK’s batsmen have scored a total of 11 half-centuries this season.
3 CSK bowlers took 11-11 wickets
In IPL 2021, along with the batting of CSK, the bowling also looks balanced. No player from Chennai is included in the top-5 bowlers taking the most wickets in this season. But it has not affected the team. Because 9 bowlers of the team have been successful in taking at least 1 wicket in this season. That is, whenever any bowler is getting a chance to play. He is taking wickets. Chennai’s 3 bowlers Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo and Deepak Chahar have taken 11-11 wickets.
Apart from these, Sam Karen (9) and Ravindra Jadeja (8) have been successful in taking wickets. There can be no better thing for any captain than that every bowler of his is taking wickets in one match or the other.
CSK was the first to reach UAE
CSK has won four consecutive matches in the second half of IPL 2021. The reason for this is that the team had reached here a month before the start of the UAE leg and started practice. Because of this, the team got more time to adjust according to the environment and conditions of Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and this is what is working for the team now.
Dhoni’s captaincy is also a big reason for CSK’s victory
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has done a great captaincy in the UAE leg of the IPL. He did not change much in the playing-11 in all four matches. Skip the match against Kolkata Knight Riders, in which Sam Karen replaced Dwayne Bravo due to injury. Playing-11 has been almost the same. This is the reason why players are able to play freely. Dhoni made a good change of bowlers in every match. When it felt that the opposition batsmen were scoring runs against the fast bowlers, he immediately brought the spinner and on most of the occasions his bet worked and the team was successful in winning 4 matches in a row.
CSK went 5 consecutive matches in the first half
Even in the first half of this season, the performance of Chennai was excellent. After the defeat against Delhi in the opening match, CSK had won 5 matches in a row and in the second half also, the team’s bright game continues and the team’s hope of becoming the champion for the fourth time has been raised.