It was a season to forget for the most consistent team in the IPL, Chennai Super Kings. They are already out of the race for the play-offs, the first time they will not come out of the group stage. Although the team have failed to put together a winning streak this season, several pundits believe the main reason is the franchise’s inability to bring blood youngsters into the squad.
CSK is the oldest team at IPL 2020, in terms of middle age and their policy of trusting their experienced hands seems to have gone too far. Add to that the fact that their influential captain MS Dhoni, playing competitive cricket after more than a year, failed to find form with the bat and CSK was badly injured.
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Former West Indies legend Brian Lara, who appeared as an expert for host broadcaster Star Sports, has revealed what he believes is the main reason for CSK’s bad show this season.
“I think they (CSK) have a lot of older players. There are no young players in the formation. You watch it. Even their foreign players, they’ve been around for a long time. So they supported the experiment on the young people, and it was really shocking for them. It’s just an amazing season so far, ”said Lara speaking on Star Sports Select Dugout.
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“You know, every time they show up we are hopeful that CSK will turn things around. We know 3-4 games ago they were in a bit of a situation where they needed to start winning. We all came here thinking that this would be the time when Dhoni changes things with his team. And game after game, it just happened, and they kept hoping. But it’s a situation where they can just try to build from next year. In the next few games that they have, see what they can do with the younger players with them, ”he added.
CSK is not in the race for the play-offs but it can surely spoil the party for others. They beat top-flight RCB in their last outing and will now face the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday, a side that desperately need a win to remain in search of a place in the play-offs.