Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have lost two out of three matches in IPL 2020 and seem to have lost that aura of dominance they had in the previous years. Their experienced batsmen and bowlers have performed underwhelmingly, including the captain MS Dhoni, who has looked slightly off colour. With CSK missing Suresh Raina more than ever, the franchise’s CEO has its say over his return.
CSK’s latest defeat came against the Delhi Capitals in Dubai, where they never looked like chasing 176. With 43, Faf Du Plessis was their highest run-scorer and hardly had any support from the other end as the opposing bowlers were fantastic in their approach. In 20 overs, the three-time champions managed only 131 at the loss of seven wickets. The yellow army lost two games on the bounce after making a winning start against Mumbai Indians and losing narrowly to Rajasthan Royals.
CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan said that Suresh Raina does not remain in the mix for a return since he made himself available. Kasi remained confident of MS Dhoni’s men coming back strongly from the two losses and is assured they will do what is needed to get the campaign back on track. While Raina opted out of this year’s edition, Rayudu missed the last two matches due to an injury and will likely return for the next one.
“We cannot look at Raina because he made himself unavailable, and we respect his decision and his space. We are not thinking about it. I can assure the fans that we will bounce back strongly. It’s a game and you have your good and bad days. But the boys know what they need to do and the smiles will be back,” Viswanathan stated as quoted by News18.
“We are a bit muddled at the moment” : CSK coach
Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming admitted that in the absence of men like Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina, they are trying to strike the right balance to remain competitive. Fleming acknowledged that the display against Delhi the other night showed no signs of intent and will go back to the drawing board to rectify their mistakes. MS Dhoni’s men play their next game against SunRisers Hyderabad on the 2nd of October.
“We are a bit muddled at the moment, we are missing some key players and are trying to find a balance that allows us to be competitive,” he said. “Again it comes to the spin bowling aspect, we are looking to develop a personality on the type of pitches we are getting. We are trying to find a combination without Raina and Rayudu. The performance against Delhi was on the weaker side in terms of intent. It has been an interesting six days and now we have the time to rectify the issues and there are a few of them.” the former Kiwi captain mentioned.