Matthew Hayden, Virender Sehwag, India vs Australia 2019, Gautam Gambhir
Matthew Hayden (Credits: Getty)

Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden has opened up on the factor that differentiate Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. In the first 12 seasons of the lucrative IPL, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have been the most dominating teams by a good distance. Mumbai and Chennai are the only two teams to win 100 or more games in IPL. While Mumbai have won 106, the Super Kings have won 100.

Kolkata Knight Riders are third in the list with 92 wins. What is incredible about the Super Kings’ record is that they have won 100 games despite missing two seasons due to suspension. Moreover, Chennai and Mumbai are the only teams to have won the IPL thrice.

Hayden, nonetheless, is well aware of how the Super Kings are being run. The legendary batsman had played for the franchise for the first three seasons, helping them win one title in 2010. Hayden has opened up on the working structure that separates Chennai and Mumbai outfits as he perhaps took a dig at the latter.

Matthew Hayden, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings
Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will fight it out for the ultimate prize (Credits: BCCI)

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“A very family-oriented (structure), relying on four or five players forms the base of each franchise. The only difference is that Mumbai Indians is run by a corporate structure… They run it like a business and corporations are not cricket heads. It is difficult for corporations to get principles like loyalty and game awareness and things like that, whereas India Cements and Tamil Nadu are a very cricket-focused association with feeder systems through Tamil Nadu Premier League and Tamil Nadu Cricket,” Hayden told Sportstar.

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Super Kings, meanwhile, will take on Mumbai Indians in the ongoing season’s final on Sunday. This is the fourth final between these two teams with Chennai winning one and Mumbai winning the remaining two. In the ongoing season, Mumbai have already beaten Super Kings thrice. However ahead of the final,  Hayden said Super Kings will win the clash.

“CSK (will win). Numbers don’t really matter in a final. Neither (team) has played their best cricket this time. In the last couple of games some of Mumbai Indian players like Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma have started to come into form. So, both sides have got their vulnerabilities,”he said.

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