IPL 2021: 5 best moments from Chennai Super Kings camp – After not qualifying for the playoffs in IPL 2020, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings bounced back strong in IPL 2021. When the league got suspended after 29 matches due to rising cases of COVID-19 in India, CSK were ranked 2nd in the points table with five wins in seven games that they played in IPL 2021. CSK’s net run rate was +1.263 which was the highest for any side. CSK was certainly among the favourites to win the title this year. The three-time champions experienced few highs in IPL 14 when their talisman Suresh Raina smashed comeback fifty or when Ravindra Jadeja hit the highest run in an IPL over ever. However, MS Dhoni’s lack of form was one concern for the CSK team management.
In this article, we at Inside Sport will take you through five Best moments from Chennai Super King’s camp.
Ravindra Jadeja’s 37 in last year vs RCB
This was probably the best moment not just for the CSK camp but for all the cricket fans except the RCB ones. Chennai Super Kings allrounder Ravindra Jadeja smashed 37 runs in just one over. He went all guns blazing against RCB’s Harshal Patel in the final over. The southpaw smacked 68 runs off just 28 balls with the help of 4 boundaries and 5 sixes. With this innings, Jadeja joined Chris Gayle and Rahul Tewatia in an elite list who have scored 5 sixes in an over.
Gaikwad-du Plessis 129 run opening stand vs SRH
Chennai Super Kings openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad emerged as the most consistent opening pair in the IPL. The duo stitched a 129 runs partnership against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The two batsmen made full use of the powerplay and ensured CSK do not lose a wicket in the powerplay overs. The partnership helped CSK take an edge over SRH in their bid to win 5th consecutive match and dominate IPL 2021 points table.
Best of Gaikwad-du Plessis in IPL 2021
- 115 vs KKR
- 74 vs RCB
- 129* vs SRH
Moeen Ali’s magical spell of 3/7 vs RR
After scoring 26 off 20 balls on the flat track of Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Moeen Ali was expected to perform his magic with the ball against Rajasthan Royals. CSK was defending a below-par score of 189 and RR had big hitters like David Miller and Chris Morris, But Moeen was just not ready to give up so easily. Moeen picked three wickets in three overs which also includes 11 dot balls. Moeen bowled with an economy of 2.33. This magical spell by Moeen Ali helped CSK win the match by 45 runs.
Swashbuckling Ambati Rayudu (72 runs 27 balls) vs MI
It was the game between two of the most successful franchise in IPL history. CSK were up against MI, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. CSK were 4-116 and needed a finishing touch by one of their experienced batsmen. Ambati Rayudu put his hand up and delivered a 72 run knock off just 27 balls. Ambati hit four boundaries and seven maximums in his innings. However, his innings went in vain as MI’s Kieron Pollard played once in a lifetime innings to help his side win the match by 4 wickets.
Suresh Raina’s comeback fifty vs DC
Suresh Raina made a roaring comeback to IPL as he smashed a 32-ball fifty against 2020 finalists Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium. It was his 39th IPL fifty. His fifty comprised of four sixes and three fours. He took a liking to Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra. Raina’s counterpunch after CSK lost two early wickets has got the team’s innings back on track. Raina did not play last year and the side suffered as they could not make the IPL playoffs for the first time ever.