3-time champions Chennai Super Kings are currently out of the playoffs race and with this, their 100% record of playing in the playoffs in the Indian Premier League, broke too. However, the captain MS Dhoni knows what exactly needs to get back to the winning zone in the next IPL, believes former India women’s team captain, Anjum Chopra.
The famous cricketer-turned commentator and analyst, who is currently in the UAE for IPL 2020 commentary job, backs Dhoni despite their poor show in this season. Meanwhile, apart from CSK, all 7 teams are still in the race of playoffs.
However, Anjum Chopra, while speaking to Indiatoday.in, opened up on those things which didn’t go on CSK’s way since the beginning. She also added that CSK will look to bounce back and having MS Dhoni at the helm will help them to get back in form before the next season.
“I think he should be (at the center of CSK for the next couple of years). And why not? He is probably the only player who has never been to an auction and he has been a marquee player as well. He deserves to be there as well. Just because one season hasn’t worked for the team collectively, that doesn’t mean the leader is bad,” Anjum Chopra said.
“MS Dhoni is too experienced and too good a player… he has been match-winner. He knows what are the challenges and what are the things that they need to do from hereon. He wouldn’t have won all those titles, if he didn’t know what he was doing. I don’t think, just because one season hasn’t gone in their favour, it should really make a big difference. But yes, going forward, MS Dhoni also would be knowing exactly how to revamp this team and change things around so that they start getting results they so desire,” she further added.
Chennai Super Kings are placed at the bottom of the points table with only 4 wins from 12 matches so far in this season. They struggled with their team combination since the beginning and their key players failed to leave marks as well.
“A lot of things didn’t go their way. Obviously, we are aware that they are good at their own backyard, which is Chepauk. We also have to be fair and realistic about it as well. They have dominated this format. Once the start wasn’t that good, they were always playing catch-up,” Chopra said. “When you are chopping and changing, it becomes difficult. There is always a Plan A and a Plan B, but then when you have to start with a Plan C, you’re always playing catch-up.”
However, she again said that they have to choose players wisely and smartly if there is an auction coming up in future so that they could return to their own form once again.
Chopra said: “There will be an opportunity for them to back and reassess where they have come from and where they are going to go. I am sure they will be looking to maybe revamping or changing and chopping around. Also, another very important factor is whom are they going to pick? It’s not that everybody is going to lend all their players.”
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