In IPL 2021, Rishabh Pant has had the upper hand over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team.
Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals will compete in the first qualifiers of IPL 2021. In the match to be held in Dubai, CSK, captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will have the upper hand as they have players with tremendous experience of playing in big matches. But it would also be wrong to consider Delhi weak. Delhi team topped the league stage with 20 points and that shows the consistency in their performance. Despite the tournament being postponed midway due to COVID-19, Delhi maintained its consistency. Chennai have made it to the playoffs again after missing out last year. Out of the 12 IPLs he has participated in, his team has reached the playoffs 11 times. However, losing three consecutive matches in the end would have been an exasperation for his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Delhi also had to lose their last match. KS Bharat of Royal Challengers Bangalore shocked Delhi in this match by hitting a six off the last ball. This did not affect his condition, but his confidence must have been shaken. Chennai has made it to the final eight times so far, out of which it has become the champion three times. This shows that the team has the ability to perform at its best in times of need. Chennai has been relying on its aged experienced players and does not change its team much. Rituraj Gaikwad can be said to be an exception, about whom it can be said that he is the first contribution of Chennai Super Kings in the last decade.
Dhoni believes in experience
Dhoni’s principle is clear, trust those who have been tried, those who have experience and that is why his team has players like Ravindra Jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis. Apart from these, there are players of international level like Josh Hazlewood and Moeen Ali and former Indian captain Dhoni knows what kind of combination he wants. Dhoni knows that he has not been in good form for a long time. He scored only 96 runs in 14 matches. IPL legend Suresh Raina also managed to score 160 runs in 12 matches but he has batsmen like Gaikwad (533 runs) and du Plessis (546 runs) who have often given solid starts to the team. Jadeja (227) has been showing his batting prowess in the last overs.
Similarly, Shardul Thakur (18 wickets in 14 matches) is showing amazing bowling but Dwayne Bravo (12 wickets) is always ready to make a useful contribution. Hazlewood could not regain form but Dhoni kept his faith in him.
Capitals bowling no answer
Delhi Capitals may have won 10 matches in the league stage but their batting did not show the same confidence. Prithvi Shaw (401 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (544 runs) played some good innings but their batsmen could not dominate the UAE stage. Captain Rishabh Pant (362 runs) was able to perform well in pieces. The balance of his team was disturbed due to the injury of Marcus Stoinis. Shimron Hetmyer played a good role in the death overs but no other batsman could do that. Delhi’s strong side is its bowling. Avesh Khan (22 wickets), Axar Patel (15 wickets), Kagiso Rabada (13 wickets) and Enrique Norkhia (nine wickets) have played their roles very well so far.
Teams are as follows
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeeson, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Rituraj Gaikwad , Shardul Thakur, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gautam, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagat Verma, C Hari Nishant.
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Ripple Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Anrique Norkhia, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Khejroliya , Lukman Meriwala, Praveen Dubey, Tom Karan, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod.
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