Chennai Super Kings are rewarded for their consistency, but they face a selection dilemma as the season comes to a close

The precision with which Chennai Super Kings selected players who would benefit from their circumstances at MA Chidambaram Stadium has been one of their best points during the player auction. The Super Kings often keep things straightforward in a competition where statistics and data frequently play a significant role in debates, particularly when it comes to selecting the team. Every auction, they typically announce the starting lineup for the game in Chepauk, where, if all goes according to plan, they can easily secure a playoff spot.Through the years, their maths and template have remained straightforward. If you win at least six games at home and three more away from home, you'll undoubtedly finish up with 18 points, which would put you in the top two. They choose their team so that they would have the advantage over other teams to perform well in settings that are the simplest to adjust, which is why they continue to be a team that primarily relies on home advantage. But even before the tournament's halfway point, the Super Kings had used up all of their international imports due to injuries and the tardiness of some of those players.They have mostly been perceived over the years as a team that prefers to stick with the starting XI until compelled to do so by circumstances or availability. The Super Kings often provide a long rope in a league where tolerance levels are low and pressure from owners and management frequently results in alterations to the starting XI. Shane Watson, a member of the Delhi Capitals support staff, talked highly of Chennai's backing of its players last week, even in the instance of foreign players who are only a few bad innings away from having the axe hovering over their heads.

Chennai hasn't been the squad they used to be at home, despite the fact that they are still in the running for the playoffs. They had a 4-3 win-loss record at home at the end of the home leg, which was their joint-worst performance there since they won the first of their four titles in 2010. Although Ali has taken wickets in Chepauk, his ball control has been poor and his batting hasn't been at its best. The left-hander hasn't been playing at his best due to being dropped down the order, and considering Chennai's difficulties in completing their innings, Stokes might offer them solid protection.

May 16, 2023 3:24 AM