When it involves the IPL, no two groups have dominated the event greater than Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, combining for seven IPL titles. Each yr, CSK and MI begin as the 2 most favorite groups and as a rule, make it to the Playoffs. In 2018, having returned from a two-year-ban, CSK lifted the title by beating Sunrisers Hyderabad within the finishing, whereas last yr, MI and CSK performed a riveting finishing during which Rohit Sharma’s workforce clinched a last-ball thriller.
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This yr, because the IPL strikes to the UAE for the second time in historical past, former Australia quick bowler Brett Lee believes one workforce is favorite to win the event greater than anybody else. And it’s neither of the of the 2 groups he has represented prior to now. Lee, who performed for Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders throughout his IPL career, reckons that primarily based on circumstances, CSK look favourites to tie Mumbai Indians for essentially the most titles this yr. Here’s why.
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“I reckon their strength is that their players are a bit more elderly, mature. They’ve got that youth coming through but they’ve got a lot of players who’ve been around a long, long time and I’d say that’s their greatest strength,” Lee stated on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
CSK have retained their core group of players – ones who’ve been answerable for their success through the years. MS Dhoni the captain, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja have shaped the spine of CSK for a few years and paired by skilled campaigners in Shane Watson and Harbhajan Singh, the franchise may not boast of spring chickens on paper, but it surely has confirmed its value every season.
Another issue that makes CSK a menace within the UAE is their well-stocked spin assault. Harbhajan, Jadeja, Tahir, Piyush Chawla, Karn Sharma and Mitchell Santner. These are a number of the most skilled names and Lee was excited by the prospect of those guys profiting from the surfaces within the UAE.
“It’s definitely right up there and that will definitely suit those wickets,” Lee stated. “Recently, I’ve looked at the forecast of the next two or three weeks. It’s 40 degrees, plus the wickets will surely turn. Therefore, I feel CSK will feel a lot more at home. Imagine all those spinners getting big rips, big turn. I reckon they are definitely suited for this tournament and should definitely be favourites.”