IPL 2021: Former Indian cricketer says, “There is a lack of fire in CSK squad”
Former cricketer Aakash Chopra predicts CSK’s future in IPL 2021.The cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra says that many players of Chennai Super Kings have not played competitive cricket for a long time. He believes that it can be difficult for the team captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Aakash Chopra feels that the start of Chennai Super Kings may be a bit slow in this season of Indian Premier League.
Chopra, in a video uploaded on his Facebook account, quipped the Chennai-outfit may get off to a poor start in Mumbai due to a mismatch between their team combination and the pitch conditions at Wankhede.
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“In Mumbai, the pacers are more successful. 70% of the wickets have been taken by pace bowlers and it’s not particularly helpful to spinners and Chennai is a slightly spin-heavy team. They have Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner. They bought Moeen Ali and Krishnappa Gowtham. So, the list of spinners in their team is still quite high.
“Their fast bowling doesn’t have a lot of firepower. Yes, they have Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, Lungi Ngidi, Dwayne Bravo, and Josh Hazlewood. But is that going to be enough? What will be the ideal balance?” added Chopra. Aakash Chopra also observed that if CSK win three of their five matches in the Wankhede stadium, it will count as a huge achievement.
The cricketer turned commentator said that the strength of CSK can be like the pitch of Delhi. He said, “Delhi will be right for CSK. The ground here is small and the pitch will also suit the spinners. “Chopra further said that his bowling attack will not be enough even for Bengaluru. Batting will be held in Bengaluru. And, the overall fire that should be there for bowling, is not visible in the CSK team. This means that Dhoni & Co. may have to struggle to win in Bengaluru too.
He concluded by talking about their prospects at the Eden Gardens, their final destination. It’s become a high-scoring, pace-friendly ground as well. I think Chennai is going to face some difficulties there as well.
Meanwhile, Dhoni and Co. begin their campaign against Delhi Capitals on April 10.