For the first time in the history of tournament, Chennai Super Kings got knocked out from playoffs on Sunday. In the 10 years before this season, the Chennai based franchise has won the tournament three times and made it to playoffs all other times.
But IPL 2020 hasn’t been a season for CSK, they got strangled in their rooms for fourteen days, when some of their players tested positive of Covid-19 just after landing in UAE. The things went bad to worse, when two of their seasoned campaigners Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina pulled out of tournament even before the inaugural match of season. In the big grounds and sapping heat of UAE, the aging team also find it difficult to maintain the intensity and pressure for longer periods of time.
With the next season just 5 months away, there are speculations that CSK management might rejig entire team and leadership group ahead of the 14th edition of tournament.
However, CSK CEO Kasi Vishwanathan is quite confident of MS Dhoni leading the franchise in 2021 too. According to Kasi Vishwanathan, over the years Dhoni has proved his mettle in captaincy and with bat as well. He has not only guided CSK to playoffs every year, but also won them three titles under his captaincy.
“Yes, definitely. I am very confident that Dhoni will lead CSK in 2021. He was won three titles for us in IPL. This is the first year we have not qualified for the playoffs. No other team has done that. One bad year does not mean we will have to change everything,” Viswanathan told Times of India.
Kasi Viswanathan also analysed the things that went wrong this year and emphasized that they would have won more matches, if they hadn’t lost Raina and Harbhajan before the season. “We didn’t play to our potential this season. We lost games that we should have won. That pushed us back. The withdrawals of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh coupled with Covid cases in the camp meant that the balance of the side was upset,” he added.