IPL 2022: 3 Teams that can give a tough fight to CSK

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will fight for their fifth title in IPL 2022.

Chennai Super Kings' players celebrating
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Chennai Super Kings’ players celebrating. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

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The Chennai Super Kings are one of the most consistent performing teams in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). CSK has been a franchise that had backed its core a lot. The players like MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, and Ravindra Jadeja have been playing for CSK for years. MS Dhoni is like an adopted son of Chennai city. He has a crazy fanbase there.

The Chennai-based franchise has won the titles four times. Notably, the franchise suffered a two-year ban in 2016 and 2017. But the champion franchise returned to the tournament in 2018 and they marked their return in style. CSK sealed the IPL trophy in 2018 and closed the mouth of the critics.

The yellow-brigade have decided to stick to their policy of backing their core but this time they also have invested in some young raw talents. The 2022 season can be the last IPL season for CSK’s Thala who is expected to announce his retirement after this tournament. The CSK franchise have had historic rivalries with some of the IPL teams.

Meanwhile, let’s look at three teams who can give a tough competition to MS Dhoni’s army:

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians. (Photo Source: Twitter/Indian Premier League)

The El Classico of IPL, every time these two mighty IPL teams face each other, there has been a tense atmosphere. The rivalry between the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians is arguably the most celebrated battle in IPL. Something new and different always happens when these two teams face each other.

One franchise has five IPL titles while the other has four. Out of 14 IPL seasons, 9 trophies have been shared by these two franchises only. This shows their domination. As MS Dhoni has said multiple times, it is a fan-created rivalry. The two teams have the biggest fans bases among all the other teams which lead to disparity in thoughts of them.

CSK and MI will face each other on 21st April and 12th May in the 2022 season. There is no doubt that there have to be many more stories to be written in the CSK-MI rivalry book. Both franchises will want to defeat each other. Out of 32 IPL matches, MI have won 19 times while CSK have 13 victories to their name.

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