Former Indian opener Kris Srikkanth hailed the collective team effort of the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The Men in Yellow has justified the statement, “Individual brilliance can win you matches especially in a T20 form but the Championship is won by the collaborative work”.

If we try to decode the success mantra behind the consistency level of CSK, we will find ‘Team Work’ on the top of the list.

In fact, different individuals have put their hands up in the different tricky situations to see team home. Consequently, these players have rescued the two-time champions from the mire states.

Chennai Super Kings celebrate the fall of a wicket. Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

Chennai Super Kings Success = Team Effort.

Dwayne Bravo in the first match against Mumbai Indians (MI). Sam Billings against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

Faf du Plessis in the first qualifier against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). These are some of the examples when the Super Kings have found a different lead actor who has had done justice to his role.

Srikkanth compared Super Kings winning streak with the performance of the Indian team in major tournaments. 

“Looking back at India’s four major limited-over crowns, the 1983 and 2011 World Cup, the 2007 World T20 and the 1985 WCC, one thing is ascertained, nothing works like team work. In all these wins, there would have been some brilliant individual performances, but what mattered, in the end, was the entire unit pulling its weight together. For this reason alone, CSK stands clear of the other teams in the history of the IPL,” he wrote for TOI.

Chennai Super Kings celebrate their win. Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for BCCI.

CSK fights as a unit: Srikkanth

Furthermore, Super Kings are the most consistent team in the IPL. They have made way into the playoffs every time while featuring in the cash-rich tournament.

Moreover, the yellow brigade has made the cut into the final for the record seventh time.

Kris added it not surprising to note the consistency of the CSK.

Srikkanth further penned down, “It should come as no surprise that Chennai Super Kings are in the seventh final out of the nine seasons they have competed in. The formula for success is simple: fight as a unit rather than be dependent on the same set of players in all matches”.

The former Indian skipper further gave credit to the captain of the Super Kings, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The leader of the team has allotted different roles and responsibilities to separate players. Well, each player knows what he is expected to do.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Courtesy: BCCI.

Dhoni has once again led his troops with aplomb:

“No amount of praise is enough for MS Dhoni for making his players believe that nothing works better than a collective force. Chennai’s happy state is also due to the fact that each player knows his responsibility and role,” Srikkanth concluded.

Chennai-based Super Kings has ticked the right boxes in this edition of the IPL. Consequently, CSK will like to cross the last hurdle against SRH in the grand finale of the season.