Former India cricketer and veteran analyst Aakash Chopra has opened up on MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings team.
The 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to begin on April 9 and all eight franchises are practising in full swing to be in-form before the start of the cash-rich league. Former Indian captain MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was one of the first teams to have started their preparations, almost a month prior to the tournament that starts on April 9.
In the last edition of the IPL, CSK had a rather forgetful season where the three-time IPL champions finished seventh and missed a play-offs berth for the very first time in the history of the cash-rich league as well. However, in the upcoming IPL season, CSK will try to bounce back. But Aakash Chopra believes it wouldn’t be easy as they will face multiple issues over the course of the tournament too.
Chopra shared a video on his Facebook page where he said that CSK may get off to a poor start in Mumbai owing to their choice of player picks and the overall pitch conditions at the Wankhede Stadium as well. His commentscame after the new rules of the tournament, which states that the matches will be played in the caravan format and no team will get to play on their home ground as well.
MS Dhoni led CSK will try to have a successful season in IPL
And, now all teams will have to adapt to different conditions on a regular basis and they wouldn’t have the luxury of the conventional home-and-away- format this season too.
CSK will start their IPL 2021 campaign on April 10 against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai where they will play their first five games, before shifting to Delhi to play their next four games at the Arun Jaitley Stadium as well. In their third leg, they will play three matches at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru and they will play two matches at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata too.
In his video, Chopra said that the pitch at Mumbai helps the pacers more and “it’s not particularly helpful to spinners.” On the other hand, the current CSK squad is a spin-heavy and he opined that their fast bowling doesn’t have that much firepower too. He also said that if CSK wins three of their five matches in Mumbai, it will help them too. “You are required to score high in Mumbai. The first innings winning score is nearly 180. So, they’ll have to play a different brand of cricket there,” he added.
“They should be alright in Delhi and assists the spinner a lot. The ball turns and also keeps low at times. The pitch will suit their brand of cricket,” he added. “They do not have a good-enough bowling attack, it is a bat vs bat contest and the team lacks overall bowling firepower required there. So, Bangalore is going to hurt them again.”
He concluded: “Kolkata is even-stevens. It’s become a high-scoring, pace-friendly ground as well. I think Chennai is going to face some difficulties there as well.”