Having dominated only three matches out of their initial nine, CSK needs to win each of the five remaining games to go through to the playoffs with conviction, or possibly four matches out of the five, leaving the rest to the results of other matches.
This isn’t unimaginable by any means and has occurred before in IPL. Particularly considering MS Dhoni’s ability as a commander, no one can discount CSK until they are out.
All things considered, there will be a few players who will be critical to CSK winning all their games and make it to their 11th consecutive playoffs. Here are three players, whose achievement will probably fuel CSK through.
1. Sam Curran
The 22-year-old Englishman has had a noteworthy task to carry out for the Chennai franchise. First with the ball, and in the last few games, with the bat too.
Sam Curran has gotten 10 wickets in his nine games up until now and has been a genuine resource for the group. The ongoing move by CSK which saw Curran open the innings could well end up being a masterstroke.
To add to his fair bowling class, if the pinch-hitting job works out well for Curran and CSK, it could go far in guaranteeing his group making the playoffs.
2. Shane Watson
While the previous Australian all-rounder has two half-centuries to his name and 277 runs added to his belt, Shane Watson has not glanced himself in the current year’s competition.
CSK might want just to see Shane Watson steady things up after the fall of the initial wicket and bat through the remainder of the innings. The smart right-hander has an immense task to carry out in CSK’s next five games, and the franchise would trust he repeats his 2018 and 2019 exhibitions for them.
3. MS Dhoni
Last, however unquestionably not least is MS Dhoni. A ton of credit for the achievement that CSK has delighted indirectly from its initiation in 2008 should legitimately go to their captain.
From facing immense challenges that have paid off, to taking intelligent choices with a quiet psyche while under tension, the veteran has managed to figure out to grab wins from the jaws of defeat over and over.
Dhoni has batted at a significantly lower position this year, in some cases, sending bowling all-rounders like Jadeja in front of him. One factor that could see CSK meeting all requirements for the playoffs would be Dhoni recovering the No. 5 spot in the batting order.