IPL 2021: Aakash Chopra declares, CSK may face these 3 big challenges in IPL 2021- Three-times IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have doubled their preparations for their success in IPL 2021. They were the first to start practice and are training for the last 3 weeks. But, ahead of their IPL campaign, former India Cricketer-turned-Commentator Aakash Chopra feels that there are 3 areas that can affect the Yellow brigade in the IPL 2021, including the form of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu. He stressed the key points in his Facebook video.
“Time to look at each team individually. First up, we’ve got Chennai Super Kings of course. What will their strategy be for this year so that they can leave their forgettable 2020 season behind?” Aakash Chopra said.
Chopra feels that the absence of Raina, Rayudu, Dhoni from international cricket could be challenging for CSK in the beginning of IPL 2021.
“The likes of Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni haven’t played either international or competitive cricket. Ravindra Jadeja has been out of action for a while due to injury. So, four out of seven top performers don’t have a good form and competitive cricket game time. They may play Robin Uthappa and Ruturaj Gaikwad who have decent numbers in domestic cricket. Faf du Plessis will also be fine. But what about the remaining four? That will be a challenge. Hitting the ground running is a challenge,” said Aakash Chopra.
The Star Sports commentator further added that CSK might not be able to score 180+ in their first leg matches in Mumbai. He also stressed that CSK do not have proper fast bowling options required at Wankhede.
“They have 5 matches in Mumbai. And in Mumbai’s Wankhade favors pacers more. Pacers take 70% of wickets here and spinners don’t have much to do. Chennai is a slight spin-heavy team and their fast bowling doesn’t have much heft… Also, when you play in Mumbai, you won’t have the privilege to take your time and play. If the team wants to score big – like a score of 180 – all the top batters need to hit continuously from the beginning. And that is something I see going against them. This first leg might hurt them badly and they might not start very well” added Aakash Chopra.
‘Raina is the cricitical cog’
He believes that CSK should promote Ravindra Jadeja in the batting order.
“I would suggest CSK promote Ravindra Jadeja up the order and let him bat a bit more. Mahendra Singh Dhoni shall play well too. But Raina is the critical cog. If he hits the ground running, CSK will be fine. And if not, since he hasn’t played for quite a long time now, CSK, I feel, will struggle this season and that’s not a good thing,” said Aakash Chopra.
The MS Dhoni-led CSK will lock horns with Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on April 10. CSK will play 5 games in their Mumbai-leg matches. They will also play in Delhi (4), Bengaluru (3) and Kolkata (2).
IPL 2021 CSK full squad:
Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, N. Jagadeesan (wk), Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni (c&wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, R. Sai Kishore, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Josh Hazlewood, KM Asif, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, M Harisankar Reddy, K. Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishanth
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