IPL: 5 CSK Players who could’ve done well for Mumbai Indians
CSK usually don't chop their team too much and like to function with the same core.
Updated - Mar 5, 2020 10:31 am
The two most successful Indian Premier League franchises, i.e- Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have followed different paths over the years to reach the same destination. While the former has believed in opting for trusted match-winners, the latter shows trust in the dynamics of youngsters.
CSK usually don’t chop their team too much and like to function with the same core. As a result, there have been many instances when a player failed to play for the franchise and spent an entire season on the bench. Besides this, the slow wicket of Chepauk doesn’t fit the game of many players.
Such players would have performed much better at MI, who always look to exploit the potential to the fullest. The Wankhede wicket is tailormade for T20Is, which every player would cherish. Therefore, let us take a look at 5 such CSK players, who could have done much better for MI:
1. Sam Billings
Sam Billings represented CSK for two seasons, 2018 and 2019. The English wicketkeeper-batsman played 10 games in 2018, scoring 108 runs. His most memorable knock came against Kolkata Knight Riders, where his 56 helped the team chase down a 200+ total. He was retained next year but surprisingly featured in only one game.
Throughout his stint with the team, Billings was made to bat down the order, a position where he never seemed comfortable. The 28-year-old couldn’t reach the double digits in six of the eight innings he played in IPL 2018. He could have done much better had he played for a franchise who could play him at No.4 or No.5.
MI was struggling with its combination in IPL 2018, as it didn’t have a strong batting order. Since Rohit Sharma played that season as number 4, Sam Billings could have been made to open for the team. The Wankhede wicket would have suited his game much better than the slow and turning tracks at Chennai.