After Chennai Super Kings registered yet another convincing victory in the IPL 2021 beating SunRisers Hyderabad by seven wickets, fans and experts have only one question in brain as to what has led to the franchise’s resurgence in the ongoing edition. When asked approximately what has changed between now and the final year, CSK skipper MS Dhoni said it was once because they’ve addressed the problems that led to their worst-ever IPL season. Dhoni said that most importantly the “players have taken more responsibility this year” which has led to their significant turnaround.
“I think addressing the problem (on what’s been different for CSK this year?),” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation, after CSK registered their fifth successive win of the season.
CSK had ensured a dreadful season final year as they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in their history. Reflecting on factors that contributed to their bad outing final season, Dhoni said it was once not limited to just one factor but a combination of several factors.
“Whenever you start the tournament, you may or won’t face issues in playing XI. The earlier you settle the better. Another factor was once 5-6 months we were out of cricket. Nothing was once allowed. It isn’t that it’s essential to go by yourself and practice. That also makes it difficult. Change of quarantine, was once relatively longer. Lot of factors,” he said, highlighting reasons that affected their game final year.
“Overall whether I have to sum it up, the players have taken more responsibility this year. You’re going to be facing adverse things but in the long run it boils down to how each and every individual rises to the occasion and gives the additional 10 percent for the team,” he explained.
CSK dominated SRH for majority of the game on Wednesday. They chased down the 172-run target with great ease in the penultimate over, with nine balls to spare.
Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad put on a brilliant show with the bat adding over 100 runs for the opening wicket that pushed SRH on the backfooot.
“The batting was once superb. But that does not intent the bowling was once not good. It was once a surprisingly good wicket. Whenever we come to Delhi we never expect a wicket like this. It was once coming on nicely, there was once nothing for the spinners as polite. Good object was once there was once no dew. Final night we felt 170 was once just below par whether there is no dew. Brilliant opening partnership,” said Dhoni, reflecting on what CSK did correct in the game.
CSK’s next fixture is against defending champions Mumbai Indians on May 1.
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