The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will see the first match being played between MI vs CSK- the fiercest rivals in the history of IPL. Leading both the sides will be two of the word’s greatest batsmen- MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are two individuals who are masters at the craft of marshalling their troops While both are very different individuals and batsmen, yet they are exceptionally strong leaders who have excelled as captains.
While Dhoni has had immense success across both international cricket and in the IPL, Rohit’s success as a leader has mostly remained confined within the boundaries of the IPL. Let’s see why MI currently has the edge and can get the better of CSK in the IPL 2020 opener.
Challenge of the leadership
While Dhoni has had immense success across both international cricket and in the IPL, Rohit’s success as a leader has mostly remained confined within the boundaries of the IPL.
Dhoni is the most successful captain in the history of the IPL in terms of matches won. Nobody has a higher win percentage than him. Rohit, on the other hand, is placed at the third spot in this list. However, his win percentage is only marginally lower than that of Dhoni and he has won four titles in lesser number of seasons as compared to Dhoni as well.
The middle-order batting dynamo, who is one of the best match winners in the history of the sport, has amassed a total of 4432 runs at a spectacular strike rate of 137.
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma is the skipper of the most successful IPL team. Rohit, with 4 titles with Mumbai Indians, has 1 more than MS Dhoni tally of 3 with Chennai Super Kings. All eyes will once again be on him as he takes charge as captain of the defending champions. Rohit Sharma has etched his name as the most successful captain in the IPL with four trophies, the most by anyone in the tournament.
MI’s Young Indian core vs CSK’ age
During the 2020 auctions, Chennai Super Kings decided to retain the core of the team. MS Dhoni (39), Suresh Raina (33) and Ravindra Jadeja (31), Harbhajan Singh (40) and Dwayne Bravo (36), all of whom set the core of the team.
These cricketers didn’t only bring a vast array of experience with them but they brought a mentality alongside with them. All the players from this core had won the IPL in the past. And it is the self-belief which CSK has in their system which can once again lead them to success.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand has a strong and young Indian backbone in the likes of Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya & Jasprit Bumrah amongst the others.
In Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya, they have three players who are some of the first names on the Indian team-sheet.
Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar have been on the fringes of the Indian T20I team for some time, and are not regulars only because of the presence of Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal respectively.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have also had sufficient IPL experience, leading to MI having a sizeable part of their playing XI fixed already. With experimentation limited to the overseas slots, MI are likely to go in with a set combination during IPL 2020 which would give players confidence and an extended run of games.
Head to Head
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings (MI vs CSK) Total Matches – 30
Total Games Tie Mumbai Indians (MI) – 0
Total Games lost Chennai Super Kings (CSK)– 18
Last 5 matches
2019: MI defeated CSK by 6 wicket
2019: MI defeated CSK by 46 runs
2019: MI defeated CSK by 37 runs
2018: CSK won by 1 wicket
CSK’s Poor Death Bowling and MI’s Finishers
Death bowling has always been the area where CSK have struggled. When it comes to conceding runs in the death overs in recent seasons, CSK are up there.
On the other hand, Mumbai have some absolutely destructive finishers in Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard, who can go bonkers on their day. Interestingly, MI score most of their runs in overs 19 and 20 against CSK with a strike-rate of 191. They’ve hit most of their sixes too against CSK in the same period.
Availability of foreign players
The biggest weakness the Chennai Super Kings have is the absence of their key players- Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina. Both players cited personal reason to skip the 13th edition of the IPL. While Suresh Raina is the second-highest scorer in the league, Harbhajan had the ability to produce important breaks every time he was handed over the ball. However, in their absence CSK and MS Dhoni will definitely have an uphill task at hand.
On the other hand, the Mumbai Indians have one of the best teams on paper and have all their players in the camp.