Scott Styris, former New Zealand and Chennai Super Kings [CSK] all-rounder, feels that the MS Dhoni-led three-time winners do not have the firepower in their squad to make a comeback and possibly qualify for the playoffs.
After having started the 2020 IPL campaign with a win over defending champions, Mumbai Indians, it has all gone downhill for CSK. They have lost seven of their last nine games and need to win the remaining four games besides hoping that some of the other results also go their way in order to qualify for the playoffs.
However, Scott Styris thinks that while CSK has done well with an aging squad, their performances were supposed to fall off the cliff at some point and it happened this season.
“Short answer and it hurts me to say this, I don’t think so. I think they are the one side who are out of this tournament right now,” Scott Styris told Star Sports when asked about CSK’s chances.
“You could tell by Stephen Fleming’s press conference last match. He believes the life cycle of this team is gone. We have been talking about it for 3 years, an ageing, old team. When that is the case, the performances, at some stage, were supposed to fall off the cliff as age catches up. I think this year is the year,” he added.
“I think they did well to get as far as they did last year. But there are so many match-winners in that CSK side who are a little bit older or not quite finding form. I can’t see them turning it around. Apart from Faf du Plessis, with his consistent performances, and Deepak Chahar, there are not much else.” Scott Styris reckoned.
‘This team may have run out of juice’- CSK coach Stephen Fleming
Meanwhile, Stephen Fleming, the head coach of the Chennai Super Kings [CSK]s, had admitted after his sides’ seven-wicket mauling against the Rajasthan Royals that the team may have run out of juice’
”It’s fair to say looking at the table now that this team may have run out of juice. I think there’s an outside chance that we can get through, but when you’re relying on other results and a change of form for your own team, it’s hard to be upbeat and positive,” Fleming had said.
The Super Kings will square-off against perennial foes, Mumbai Indians, on Friday in Sharjah, and a defeat will see them get officially knocked out of the competition.