Three-time Indian Premier League (IPL) winners Chennai Super Kings will be gunning for their 4th IPL title under the leadership of MS Dhoni in IPL 2020. However, the team had to face a few setbacks right prior to the start of their IPL 2020 campaign.
As many as 13 members of their touring party, including 2 players, tested positive for COVID-19. It was followed by CSK losing their anchor in the batting order, Suresh Raina who had to return to India from UAE due to personal reason. Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh also followed suit, citing personal reasons to skip this year’s IPL.
Despite having a somewhat depleted side, having MS Dhoni at the helm is always a blessing as he can make the most out of any opportunity. Ahead of IPL 2020, we analyse what makes CSK strong?
Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020: Best spin attack (even without Harbhajan Singh)
Perhaps the most telling factor in CSK’s success over the years in the IPL has been their spin attack, and this year’s squad is no different.
CSK have unmatched versatility and experience in their spin attack, which comprises of Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner and R Sai Kishore, apart from the part-time option of Kedar Jadhav.
With pitches in the UAE low and slow, these spinners can wreak havoc like they have done so many times in the past.
Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020: Most experienced side
An aspect of the squad that has been critiqued is the average age. While it is justified to claim that CSK aren’t building for the future, it would be foolhardy to not recognise the impetus and value that the team’s 30+ players bring.
With an experience of playing in all conditions and situations, CSK’s “Daddies Army” will perhaps turn out to be their biggest strength in the unprecedented times that IPL 2020 is taking place in.
Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020- Shane Watson (X Factor)
A bowling and batting dynamo, Shane Watson is capable of opening both batting and bowling for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise. The retired Australian opener will have a vital role to play if CSK are to do well in this IPL 2020. Watson has been CSK’s first-choice opener for the last two season and it won’t be any different even in IPL 2020 and will hope to carry his form in the upcoming edition of IPL.