IPL 2019 : Things CSK need to change to enter IPL 2019 final

Things CSK need to change to enter the IPL 2019 final – What has begun as a perfect campaign for the Chennai Super Kings has started waning and going on a downward spiral fast. With 5 defeats in their previous 7 matches, the weaknesses in the franchisee have been exposed royally, something teams spare no time in pouncing on when they take the defending champions.

Things CSK need to change to enter the IPL 2019 final

Stunned by the Mumbai Indians, everything that is extensively abysmal with the defending champions was brought to the fore yet again. Losing for the third consecutive time against the Indians, the fourth straight time in their own stadium, CSK slumped to a defeat against an opposition they have now hated seeing the face of. It’s left them with the need to play Qualifier 2 now, a tricky proposition they’ll find to navigate given the inclement form they’ve hit at just the wrong time.

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CSK needs to stem the rot that is spreading at a rapid rate in their side. With the second qualifier not too far now, the time is now for them to ponder about the changes that need to be made in the unit and team strategy if they are to keep their chances of making it to yet another final. We take a look in depth at the problems troubling the side and pushing them back in their outing to make it to the all-important encounter.

Things CSK need to change to enter the IPL 2019 final

Drop Shane Watson

One innings of note in 15 matches and it’s been a treacherous bit of form that Shane Watson has found himself in. He was undoubtedly one of the main reasons that CSK performed so finely in IPL 2018, coming up with big knocks time and time again, none better than his man of the match performance in the summit clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Things CSK need to change to enter the IPL 2019 final

However, as good as his previous tournament was, this one has been equally in tatters. He’s found it a travesty to rotate the strike, forget scoring the boundaries. While his difficulties against spin were already well known, he’s struggled to even get under the pacers, losing his wicket to soft dismissals with nobody to blame but himself this season.

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What has been a massive setback to the franchisee is the huge faith they’ve accorded in him throughout the season. He’s not been dropped for a single match, leaving Faf du Plessis to do the majority of the scoring for the side in the opening partnership and rescue them after Watson departs early. Qualifier 2 is the time to drop him, promote Murali Vijay to the opening slot and bring in Dhruv Shorey in the middle-order.

Things CSK need to change to enter the IPL 2019 final

Dhoni’s Captaincy

The last two matches have seen Dhoni, the captain surprisingly gets it all wrong with his decision making. Contentious decisions have left the side chasing matches, finding themselves way behind the task.

Despite Harbhajan Singh going for 44 runs from his 3 overs in the powerplay, Dhoni kept persisting with him against the Kings XI Punjab. The same happened with Deepak Chahar against the Mumbai Indians with CSK’s captain refusing to show flexibility and revert from the original game plan as per the demands of the need.

Things CSK need to change to enter the IPL 2019 final

Especially against the Indians in qualifier 1, Dhoni looked completely out of depth. On a surface where spin was reaping huge dividends, he bowled Bravo in the middle period for way too long, refusing to give Jadeja and Tahir a spell in unison in the middle. They’ve been perplexed moves, one that have left the Super Kings dwindling and crumbling with just the 2 wins from 7.

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Ahead of the second qualifier, the CSK team management and captain need to sit down and ponder upon new strategies to implement. They can’t keep relying on one trick to serve them fruitfully each time around and come what could turn out to be their final match of the season, the need for devising new ideas is now. We are sure that the team will bounce back as Dhoni is capable enough for that.

Things CSK need to change to enter the IPL 2019 final

Paper Thin Pace Bowling Attack

Refusing to divulge in specialist, frontline pacers during the auction window has been something that has turned out to be a misdemeanour for the outfit. While Deepak Chahar has been more than good for them, he’s lacked company at the other end, someone who can keep maintaining the pressure with wicket to wicket, ripping bowling.

What has left us surprised is CSK’s persistent rigidness and refusal to try out anyone else as well. With Shardul Thakur clearly not cut out and Bravo’s slower one no longer effective, they need to bring in either Mohit Sharma or Scott Kuggeleijn into the side at the expense of Harbhajan Singh or Dwayne Bravo. Spin alone can’t win you wickets and an exceptional bowler is needed to rile up batsmen and leave them cramped for room.

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