IPL 2019: Kris Srikkanth mentions what can haunt MS Dhoni & Co. in the finals
The former India player opined that fielding will be a crucial aspect for CSK to win.
Updated - May 12, 2019 8:12 pm
The Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are all set to clash in the finals of the IPL 2019 edition and it is just poetic that the two teams which finished 1-2 on the points table will be playing for the trophy as well. This will be the fourth final between the two teams and MI leads the race 2-1 against CSK.
The Yellow Brigade is playing its eighth final in ten editions of the tournament and this shows how amazing the franchise has been over the years and have the chance to become the first team to defend their crown twice. Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, the franchise has built quite a solid reputation for themselves. They came back strong after their two-year ban, despite being called the Dad’s army for having the majority of players on the wrong side of 30; won the tournament with a flawless performance.
Kris Srikkanth points out that fielding may be the thing that can haunt CSK
As mentioned, many of the CSK players are over the age of 30 and the likes of Shane Watson are also carrying some niggles, including captain MS Dhoni himself, who is nursing back spasms. This means the fielding side of the aspect has been found wanting sometimes, with CSK dropping some important catches, which have gone onto hurt them bad.
This is the same point former India opener Kris Srikkanth raised in his column for the Times of India. “One aspect that could go in Chennai’s favour is the fact that they are used to this stage more than any other team. They know it takes one special effort to swing things their way. They have to be wary of their fielding though. This is one area where they have been found wanting and they cannot afford to be lax on the big day,” the former Indian captain wrote.
“There is no doubt that the final will be an exciting affair. In a highly anticipated game like this, the team with better all-around skills stands a better chance. Man-to-man, Mumbai has a slight edge. Rohit Sharma has at his disposal at least six bowlers who can take the field, confident of bowling their full quota,” Srikkanth gave the edge to MI over CSK.
He also mentioned how important Dhoni has been for CSK both with the gloves and with the bat and lauded his captaincy for marshalling his limited resources well throughout the tournament. “They have been winning primarily because Dhoni has marshalled his limited resources extremely well. And not to forget, the man has been brilliant with the big gloves and the bat,” Srikkanth signed off in his column.