Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have made a forgetful start under their new captain Ravindra Jadeja in IPL 2022. They have lost three back-to-back games with the latest one against Punjab Kings on Sunday, April 3. The side is currently placed ninth in the points table followed by Sunrisers Hyderabad who are placed last.
MS Dhoni handed over the Chennai Super Kings captaincy ahead of the start of IPL 2022. Former cricket experts congratulated Jadeja on taking up the role expecting the transition to be smooth. However, it did not go as per plan.
They lost to KKR in their opening game followed by another loss against Lucknow Supergiants where their bowlers failed to defend 210. Against Punjab Kings, their batting faltered again as they were bowled out for 126 while chasing 181 to win as they lost by 54 runs.
Former Indian pacer RP Singh believes that the side will find it difficult to make it to the final four in this edition of the IPL. He said one more loss would make it very difficult to finish in the top four.
Losing One More Game Will Make It Tough For CSK To Make It To Last Four: RP Singh
“Losing three matches anyhow shows it’s a difficult time for them but if they lose even one more match, then it becomes very difficult to see them making the top 4. Because then you left too far behind with a poor net run rate and lesser number of matches left to be played,” said RP Singh on Cricbuzz.
He further said that CSK did not play like they used to play in the previous editions. He said that the team lacked a proper game plan and the top-order and middle-order misfiring did not help the cause.
Chennai Super Kings Are Lacking Gameplan: RP Singh
“With 10 teams, you don’t even know what the math will be, how much points a team needs to make to make it to the top four. Today we didn’t see the CSK we are used to seeing, whether it be the top order or middle order, apart from that one partnership. So it doesn’t look like they are able to plan and take the game forward,” RP Singh further added.
The side was bowled out inside 18 overs and lost the game with two overs to spare. Going forward they will continue to run the risk of getting bowled out with their top-order not scoring runs.