Chennai Super Kings, the defending champions, have had a nightmare start to their IPL 2022 season. Dhoni opted to pass over the captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja just before the current edition began because he believed the all-rounder was ready to take over. Punjab, Lucknow, and Kolkata have all beaten CSK in three games.
One of the most successful franchises in history, which has won four trophies, appears to be having trouble in all three aspects of the game. “In the powerplay, I believe we lost too many wickets and didn’t get going from the first ball. We must devise a strategy for rebuilding our strength “After the team’s 54-run loss to the Punjab Kings, Jadeja said.
CSK’s bowling assault appears to have been hampered by the absence of one of their most successful bowlers, Deepak Chahar, who was acquired for a staggering Rs 14 crore by the franchise. Deepak is now receiving therapy at the NCA after injuring his right quadriceps while bowling in the third T20I against the West Indies in Kolkata. Deepak is expected to be eligible for selection on April 25, according to The Times of India.
However, the two rookie bowlers, Mukesh Chaudhary and Tushar Deshpande, both medium pacers, have failed to deliver thus far. The opponent has pushed both players over the field and they haven’t been able to make critical plays during powerplays.
They are going through the initial phase of difficulties, like with any transfer, where the new skipper is trying to find his feet. It’s going as planned, and Jadeja will take his time to develop his vision for the squad, persuade the players to believe in it, and move forward.
Jadeja’s background as a player is superb, and it’ll only be a matter of time before he joins the fray. It’s likely that the captain will lead from the front if he is one of the team’s most consistent performers. With Jadeja, it should happen sooner rather than later.
Furthermore, Ruturaj has been a steady performer for the squad as an opener, and he’s just one innings away from a massive score.
Shivam Dube appears to have rediscovered his form, as he is currently the third best run-getter with 109 runs in three games, including a superb half-century (57). CSK’s bowling unit, particularly the opening bowlers, has been a source of concern, but Chris Jordan and Dwaine Pretorius performed admirably against Punjab Kings in their most recent encounter. In eight overs, they took four wickets and gave up only 53 runs. Mukesh Choudhary, a medium pacer, was the only outlier, bowling four overs for 52 runs.
The fact that the squad scored 210 against the Lucknow Super Giants shows that the three losses were caused by a passing downpour rather than climate change.
Putting your money on Robin Uthappa, despite his good form thus far, and Ambati Rayudu to do the bulk of the scoring isn’t the wisest idea, especially since they aren’t playing cricket outside of the IPL.
While it is still too early to declare CSK ineligible for the IPL 2022 playoffs, the Yellow Army has done more harm than good by putting together a subpar lineup, which could eventually impact the four-time champions.