IPL 2021 Preview: Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
Shining bright in their distinctive yellow jersey, Chennai Super Kings are one of the most formidable and successful teams in the Indian Premier League. Consistency is the one word that you can associate with CSK as they have made it to the playoff stage of the tournament in all the seasons barring one.
Not just in the way they play their cricket, their leadership has been the most reliable across all teams in tournament history. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been at the helm for CSK since the tournament’s inaugural edition.
With an extremely loyal fanbase, CSK remains one of the most exciting teams to watch in franchise sports. This means that Chennai Super Kings betting is quite a lucrative option for fans. You can do IPL betting and place bets on CSK matches.
CSK at IPL 2021: The story so far
Current Position: 2nd
MS Dhoni’s team is proof that you can’t keep a good team down. After famously missing out on making the playoffs last season for the first time ever, they bounced back to start this season in style.
CSK are currently at No. 2 in the points table, two behind Delhi with a game in hand. They can be grateful to the form of Faf du Plessis. The South African opener has 320 runs including four fifties and a top score of 95 not out. He was in scintillating form before the suspension of the IPL and will be available.
With the ball, Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran took eight and nine wickets respectively. Ravi Jadeja took six while going at less than seven runs an over.
But perhaps the biggest success story of all has been Moeen Ali. The new signing has played like a proper world-class all-rounder. With the ball, he took five wickets with an economy rate of just 6.16. With the bat he’s the team’s second-highest runscorer with 206 runs and better still, he’s striking at a barely-believable 157 for the season. They’ll need plenty more from him.
Chennai Super Kings at IPL 2021: What might happen next?
MS Dhoni probably still has nightmares of their horror show last year in the UAE. For much of the campaign, they were hovering around rock bottom before a few wins right at the end saved them from the humiliation of picking up the wooden spoon.
Dhoni and the management will be delighted to have Sam Curran and Moeen Ali available after England’s tour to Bangladesh was canceled. As world-class all-rounders in this format, they’re two players who give the team real balance, so luck was on CSK’s side regarding their availability now.
Aussie Jason Behrendorff is yet to confirm his availability for the UAE leg but he doesn’t play that often anyway. The point about CSK this season is that they arrive in far better shape than in 2020. Last year they didn’t have the super-experienced Suresh Raina and this year they do.
Moeen Ali is a far better overseas player than Shane Watson was last year and in Ruturaj Gaikwad they have an extremely reliable opener, which again, last year they didn’t.
With points on the board, good captaincy, and with almost the whole squad intact, CSK could be the team to beat.
Verdict: Look like the most likely winners.
Betting Odds On Chennai Super Kings To Win IPL 2021
Betway and Bet365 have given Chennai Super Kings odds of 3.50 to win IPL 2021. CSK are one of the few teams that don’t make massive changes in their core team and 2021 won’t be any different. With the right mix of batsmen, all-rounders, and wicket-taking bowlers, CSK are looking set to perform worth your money.
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Chennai Super Kings team news
The Chennai Super Kings may not have set the 2021 IPL auction on fire with too many signings but they did end up getting the most expensive Indian buy of the auction in Krishnappa Gowtham at INR 9.25 crore. Gowtham lends solidity in CSK’s lower middle order as he can hit the ball a mile and can come in handy with his off-breaks, even with the new ball.
CSK signed 5 more players and the most notable of them was England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who can bat anywhere in the top-6 and can be more than a handy off-spin bowler. Other players that they added to their side were Cheteshwar Pujara for INR 50 lakh, whereas services of K Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth, and M. Harisankar Reddy were purchased for INR 20 lakh each. Plus, before the auction, CSK also added Robin Uthappa to their squad to bolster their batting.
On the other hand, players who have parted ways with CSK are Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, and Monu Singh.
Here’s what their team make-up for 2021 looks like:
Faf du Plessis, Rituraj Gaekwad, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hari Nishanth
Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Krishnappa Gowtham, Bhagath Varma, Sam Curran, Mitchell Santner
MS Dhoni, Robin Uthappa, N Jagadeeshan
Lungi Ngidi, Imran Hair, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, R Sai Kishore, Hari Shankar Reddy, Shardul Thakur
CSK Projected XI In IPL 2021
Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar
Chennai Super Kings: TEAM Strengths
Consistency and a strong core group have been CSK’s mantra throughout the timeline of the Indian Premier League. With Raina, expect the momentum in the batting innings to be back, which they surely missed in 2020.
Dhoni has been CSK’s biggest strength and once again he’ll play a huge role. They have an impressive pace battery that can move the new ball, especially Deepak Chahar and Lungi Ngidi can hit high speeds which could prove vital in Indian conditions.
Chennai Super Kings: TEAM Weaknesses
CSK do not have any glaring flaws in their ranks but over the last two seasons, they’ve had a tendency to take time to get going, which invariably results in too much to do for big hitters like Dhoni, Bravo lower down the order.
This could be their bane while chasing huge targets if the top order fails to give them a solid start. Look out for these pointers before placing a bet on them at the start of the match.
Chennai Super Kings IPL history and record
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: TEAM HISTORY
Owners: Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd
Head Coach: Stephen Fleming
Batting Coach: Michael Hussey
Bowling Coach: Laxmipathy Balaji
Home ground: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Overall record: 180 Matches – 106 Wins, 72 Losses, 2 No-results, Win % 58.88
CSK was one of the original franchises that competed in the first-ever Indian Premier League back in 2008. MS Dhoni was with the team right from the start, and at the 2008 auction, the owners went big to sign star overseas players. These included Stephen Fleming, Matthew Hayden, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Michael Hussey.
The Chennai Super Kings management also had some of the best stars of Indian cricket. Still, they had to wait until 2010 before claiming their first IPL title. An impressive campaign was concluded in the final when 57 from Suresh Raina helped CSK to defeat Mumbai Indians by 22 runs.
Chennai were known at this point as the strongest team in the league and the franchise continually topped the IPL betting markets. 2011 was another successful year as the Super Kings defended their title. Murali Vijay’s brilliant 95 helped the side to overcome RCB by the wide margin of 58 runs.
CSK continually made the playoffs from this point, but they couldn’t quite add to their title. And there were fewer happy times around the corner. CSK fell foul of regulations as a result of a match-fixing probe. They subsequently received a ban from the 2016 and 2017 editions of the Indian Premier League.
2018 Return & Immediate Success
2018 saw the return of Chennai Super Kings to the IPL. And many of their original players returned from the temporary Gujarat and Pune franchises. Some new faces were added too, but fans didn’t really know what to expect after a two-year absence.
WHO ARE THE OWNERS OF CHENNAI SUPER KINGS?
The new franchises were established at the start of the IPL in 2008. At that time, India Cements acquired the rights to the Chennai Super Kings for ten years.
As the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of that firm, former ICC Chairman N Srinivasan was therefore installed as the de-facto owner of CSK. An amendment followed later when Chennai Super Kings were transferred to a company referred to as Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd.
WHICH IS THE HOME GROUND OF CHENNAI SUPER KINGS?
CSK have loyal home support. Their regular home is the historic M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, which is known by all supporters and cricket fans as the Chepauk. It is a great ground, founded in 1916, and it can hold up to 50,000 Super Kings supporters.
At times, Chennai have been forced to host matches away from the Chepauk, usually for political reasons. In 2014, Chennai Super Kings had to play all their home games in Ranchi because of problems with the Tamil Nadu Government. Later, at the 2018 IPL, similar issues meant that CSK were forced to play their final six home games in Pune.