Chennai Super Kings lost three consecutive games in IPL 2022. Chasing 181, they fell short of 54 runs on Sunday against Punjab Kings. They had a terrible start but then a partnership between Shivam Dube and MS Dhoni brought some hope for the side.
Dube and Dhoni helped Chennai Super Kings go past 100 run but the team eventually was bowled out for 126. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar felt that CSK were stuck in their chase and opined that former CSK captain Dhoni was not able to move the strike along. “With MSD, what you see is that even if he doesn’t start hitting the big ones, he is moving the strike along, getting those ones and twos. He wasn’t quite able to do that this time around. That’s where CSK got stuck just that little bit,” Gavaskar told Star Sports as reported by India Today.
He added, “If they had a situation where Shivam Dube was hitting the ball so well, they needed to get a move on along with him. That didn’t quite happen. Look at those some of those dot balls that he played, yes, later on, he made up with the boundaries. When you are looking to score 20 runs an over, that’s tough for the best of players, it’s not easy.”
Unfortunately, Chennai Super Kings despite being the defending champions are yet to win a single match this season under their new captain Ravindra Jadeja. If they cannot make a strong comeback soon, reaching play-offs will be a huge challenge. This year, CSK are looking to win their fifth IPL title. But things are not easy with two more teams in the competition. In the past CSK have failed to qualify for the play-offs only once, when they missed out in 2020. However, next year they came back to win their fourth IPL.