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CSK Vs DC: What can we expect from the teams this IPL season?

Interesting Records that CSK holds in IPL

  • Chennai Super Kings is the second most successful franchise of the Indian Premier League, winning 3 IPL trophies so far.
  • Well, this is no surprise given the fact that the team is captained by none other than captain cool MS Dhoni himself. Fair Play Award is a unique awarding system practised in IPL, given to teams that show good behaviour throughout the intense and hyped-up cricketing season. CSK has till now won 6 of these awards and all credits to MSD and the senior cricketers that play for the team.
  • CSK holds the most number of IPL finals too, and this shouldn’t be a surprise given the strength, quality and consistency portrayed by the team year after year in IPL. CSK has played IPL finals for 8 times out of the 14 editions of the league.
  • CSK has been able to have a great winning percentage of around 61% which makes it the only team in the league to have such a high winning record.
  • A reflexive wicket-keeper, great finisher, and clever captain M S Dhoni- what else does a franchise/ team need to have in order to win a league like this. Dhoni’s presence in the side provides a balance to the team, where he as a captain is able to make the best out of every player in his team. His USP is the element of unpredictability in his captaincy which he has gained from his captaincy over the years. Many times even commentators are not sure about the reason behind an on-field decision of MS and one can hear them saying – “ Ye Mahi hai, ye aise hi karte hain”.

How Powerful is Delhi Capitals as a team:

  • A team with some great hitters: Rishabh Pant led DC doesn’t appear to be very strong when we look at their records, but this is one of those teams which has the capability to turn the game into its favour, at any point in time. The team has great young performers like Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw and Shimron Hetmyer, who have the power to hit the ball out of the park.
  • Experienced Players: Delhi Capitals is often perceived as a team that lacks experience, but that’s not true. It has senior players like Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashwin and Steve Smith playing for the side. So, it would be wrong to undermine the ability of DC as a team.
  • Ricky Ponting’s Mentorship: One of the finest cricketers in the world and a very successful captain- Ricky Ponting, is mentoring and coaching this side in the IPL. His expertise and strategy is appearing to be working well for the side since after he has joined, the performance of the team has become more consistent and focussed. His guidance has definitely improved the game of young players like Pant and Shaw and has induced a sense of responsibility to their game.
  • Finalists of last season: We shouldn’t forget that this team was the finalist of the last season and could’ve won that too. A proof of their level-up in the game is that the franchise has gained a 50% rise in sponsorships since the last season when the team was one of the finalists.
  • Amit Mishra Magic: The legendary leg-spinner Amit Mishra has been a part of the squad for the longest time and has created records that are exceptional, keeping in mind the batting-friendly atmosphere of the league. He is the second-highest wicket-taker in IPL and has picked up 157 wickets till now. Apart from this, he is the only bowler to have bagged 3 IPL hat-tricks, which is quite an achievement from a leg-spinner point of view. Mishra playing for DC truly adds a lot of value and experience to this side and makes it a strong contender for the glittering IPL trophy.

With so much skill and experience on both sides, it would be unfair to predict which team will eventually perform better. But one thing is definitely clear is that this would be a great match to watch and there will be many mini-contests between players of both the teams, the most interesting of which is between MSD(former wicket-keeper batsman of India) and Rishabh Pant( current wicketkeeper-batsman of India).

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