#2 Chennai Super Kings
Before the last year’s edition, if there was a definition of consistency, Chennai Super Kings were the apt match for it. The Men in Yellow had made it to the playoffs every single season they featured in until 2019. MS Dhoni and his men have managed to win the league 3 times. However, they reached the lowest point in their history last year. They had a terrible season by their standards in which CSK failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time.
But Dhoni knows a thing or two about picking a team up and taking it to new peaks. Last year, CSK didn’t have the services of Mr. Reliable Suresh Raina who had pulled out of the league. Just by his addition, the batting line-up gets far more stable than what it was last season. Now that Shane Watson has retired, the onus of a fiery start would be on Faf du Plessis. Ambati Rayudu and Robin Uthappa certainly add to the solidity. However, the most followed batsman in the line-up would be MS Dhoni, by a country mile.
The best part about CSK’s squad is the number of world-class all-rounders. Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja have been delivering big time for the team for so many years. The franchise roped in Moeen Ali and Krishnappa Gowtham from the auction. Mitchell Santner is also another great option along with Sam Curran whose recent antics are not hidden from anyone.
CSK couldn’t quite put together good performances last year but that was mainly due to the failure of the batsmen. The bowlers played their part fairly well though. Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur are the two Indian seamers who are certain in the line-up. Lungi Ngidi and Josh Hazlewood are two brilliant overseas seamers. Imran Tahir would hope for an extended run this year while Karn Sharma is another decent spinner. On paper, the squad looks great but it’s the on-field performance that would determine the fate of the 3-time Champions.