5 Changes CSK should make before their next match against SRH

It is high time that Chennai starts making some changes in their combination.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

After defeating Mumbai Indians (MI) in the season opener, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have failed to derive much advantage out of their early success. Their last two matches against Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Delhi Capitals (DC) were fairly one-sided with the yellow army looking completely out of touch. Except Faf Du Plessis and Sam Curran, every other Super King was off-colour in these two games.

Perhaps the absence of their 2018 campaign’s star performer Ambati Rayudu was too much to handle for the Super Kings as their batting line-up failed to get going in both the matches. Against the Royals, Faf was the only batsman who managed to stick around as rest of the batsmen fell prey to Tewatia and Gopal’s wily leg-breaks. In the next match, an inspired Delhi’s bowling line-up breathed fire and didn’t allow any batsman to dominate them at any part of the innings.

The men in yellow, popular for their come-from-behind wins, looked completely out of sorts in the last two matches. Also, fans were left fuming when MS Dhoni demoted himself down to the lower order and allowed the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja to bat before him. Thus, it is high time that Chennai starts making some changes in their combination.

In this article, we will look at 5 changes which CSK management might make before their next match: –

1. Gaikwad and Faf to open the innings

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

One of the major things which have plagued CSK since the tournament opener is the below-par performance of the openers. Watson often throws his wicket away after a good start whereas Murali Vijay hardly gets to start his innings. The consumption of a lot of deliveries by the openers in turn puts pressure on the middle order.

Thus, it would be logical to revamp the opening combination. Du Plessis has been CSK’s top performer in these 3 matches and had tasted a lot of success as an opener last year also. He takes a bit of time to get used to the pitch and rapidly shifts gears afterwards. Thus, he would be an appropriate choice to open the innings.

Gaikwad, on the other hand, hasn’t done much in these two matches but perhaps it would be too harsh to judge him in such a scenario. In both matches, he came in to bat when the team was under a lot of pressure and he was batting in an unfamiliar position. Gaikwad is naturally an opener and it would be fair to give him a go to play at his favoured position before making a decision to drop him.

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