3 reasons why CSK will not retain their IPL title

3 reasons why CSK will not retain their IPL title

This time around it's not going to be the same old ideal story for the Superkings from Chennai.

Chennai Super Kings IPL
IPL 2018 champions Chennai Super Kings. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

It was always going to be a dream for any team that was going to make its comeback after two long years following a disgraceful snub, to come back and win the IPL trophy in style. CSK had a fairytale comeback story and they kept their record of making it to the playoffs in all the 9 seasons that they have featured in. It was always going to be a tough ask for them to win the cup considering the fact that the average age of the CSK was the highest among all the sides in the competition, last season.

However, this time around it’s not going to be the same old ideal story for the Superkings from Chennai as their team looks highly unbalanced and unsettled owing to the ICC CWC 2019 which starts right after the cash-rich tournament. Their Key players won’t likely play the whole tournament and a few auction blunders have made their case worse. CSK might just make it to the playoffs this time around too, but there are some doubts regarding their chance of retaining the IPL trophy this time around.

Let’s discuss the 3 reasons why CSK won’t retain their IPL trophy this time around

3. Unreliable Bowling line-up

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar. (Photo by IANS)

Prior to their scrub from the IPL back in 2015, CSK was a complete team with a lethal bowling attack which would deliver more often than not. While they did script a fairytale comeback, it was largely because of their batting. CSK’s bowling was a let-down for them in the previous edition of the IPL.

Deepak Chahar was impressive with the new ball but his injury meant that there were no good starters for the Chennai based outfit, with the new ball. Moreover, options in Mohit Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi and Karn Sharma is not the safest way when it comes to the middle-overs.

The death Bowling is pretty inconsistent as well given that Ngidi isn’t as experienced as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohit Sharma has been inconsistent with his lengths in those gripping final few overs for the past few years. When it comes to the spin department, Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir have been below par in the last few years and with age not on their side, they are bound to go down this time around.

Kedar Jadhav is a part-timer but one simply cannot expect to see a part-timer get wickets every time he comes on to bowl. To add to it, Bravo the death bowler has lost his ability to bowl those deceiving slower ones and the cutters and often, leaks runs at a costly rate. KM Asif, Shardul Thakur and Mohit Sharma are the backups.

Shardul Thakur is a wicket-taker but is very inconsistent with his lines in the powerplay and he wouldn’t find his name in the starting XI more often than not.