Chennai Super Kings won the Indian Premiere League for the first time in 2010. 2010 was the year which began their legacy. They had lost more than a lot of matches in the initial stages of the tournament back in 2010, however this didn’t stop them to go on and win the tournament. CSK’S performance in the 13th season (IPL 2020) of the Indian Premier League has not been very special so far. After the win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the team has registered three wins in 8 matches this season, but the team has lost in 5 matches. Dhoni’s team was in the same position in the third season of IPL played in the year 2010, when the Yellow Army made a tremendous comeback to capture the title of IPL that season.


In both IPL 2010 and IPL 2020, CSK’s position is the same after 8 matches. The team also faced defeat in 5 matches at that time and the team was won in only three matches. Another special thing that is going in the team’s favor is the position of the point table. CSK’s team is currently at number six in the point table, while Kings XI Punjab are at last and Mumbai Indians are at number one. In IPL 2010 too, Chennai’s position was the same after 8 matches at the point table and even then Mumbai was at the top and Punjab at the last. That is, if you go to the figures, Chennai Super Kings can make a strong comeback this season and can win the title of IPL. Which the team has started with a win against Hyderabad. Chennai had won 4 of the 6 matches remaining after playing 8 matches in 2010 and clinched the IPL Trophy that year with a place in the playoffs.


However, to replicate that history, the CSK team also needs to work on its shortcomings. The batsmen of the team have to understand their responsibility and give a good start to Shane Watson and Faf Du Plessis that year too, the team opener Murali Vijay scored 456 runs in 14 matches. Vijay was instrumental in the victory in 2010 and if CSK have to repeat their 2010 heroics then one of CSK’S batsman needs to do a Muralu Vijay. Not only the batsmen, the bowlers of the team will also have to show their stamina in the performance, as on the slowing pitches of UAE, Chennai spinners can make the biggest contribution in reversing the fortunes of the team. So can CSK do an IPL 2010 all over again? Can CSK prove their critics wrong? Can they make a comeback out of nowhere and win IPL 2020? Only time will tell.

By Arvind Krishnan

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