IPL 2023 CSK SWOT Analysis: Dhoni’s captaincy, Ben Stokes’s X factor, know the strength and weakness of the team

New Delhi. One of the 10 teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have an emotional bond with the fans and the most important reason for this is captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. 41-year-old Dhoni has so far given four titles to his team Chennai Super Kings and has taken them to the finals nine times. His mere presence is enough to terrorize the opposing camp. If reports are to be believed, this might be the last season of IPL for Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a professional cricketer. In such a situation, Dhoni and the entire CSK team would leave no stone unturned to make it memorable.

The IPL has now returned to the ‘Home and Away’ format (on its own and the opposing team’s ground). Chennai Super Kings have to play seven matches at their stronghold Chepauk. Ravindra Jadeja was handed over the captaincy of the Chennai Super Kings team, which failed to reach the playoffs last season, but after failing, he left the captaincy in the middle. In such a situation, Dhoni was again made the captain of CSK in the middle of the season. Dhoni is also handling the captaincy of Chennai Super Kings this time. He will be trying to leave with a win.

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Taking Chennai Super Kings lightly is foolish for any other team in IPL and like every time this season is no different. In this season, England all-rounder Ben Stokes has also become a part of Chennai Super Kings, which can prove to be the biggest X factor for the team.

Strengths of Chennai Super Kings:

The presence of Ben Stokes will strengthen Chennai’s cross-hitting. On the slow pitch of Chepauk, he can bowl one or two brilliant overs which can turn the tide of the match. Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali can also prove to be very effective in seven home matches at Chepauk. Devon Conway and Rituraj Gaikwad will be useful in batting while Ambati Rayudu, Ben Stokes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja will strengthen the middle order.

Weakness of Chennai Super Kings:

Mukesh Chaudhary has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury, which is a big blow for CSK. Deepak Chahar is making a comeback after a long time after recovering from back and hamstring injuries. His fitness could not be tested in match conditions. He is a contender for a place in the World Cup team and would like to perform brilliantly in the IPL.

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There will be a chance for these players:

In fast bowling, M Pathirana, who has action like young Simarjeet and Lasith Malinga, will have a chance to prove his worth. Dhoni specializes in testing talent and knows how to use the rule of ‘Impact Player’ very well. In such a situation, Mitchell Santner will also be useful.

What is the biggest threat of Chennai Super Kings:

The biggest challenge before Chennai Super Kings is the aging of its players. Ambati Rayudu and Ajinkya Rahane can come under pressure in high scoring matches. Apart from this, the team also does not have good Indian spinners. Ravindra Jadeja has not been able to perform that well in T20 recently.

Here is the full squad of Chennai Super Kings:

MS Dhoni (Captain), Devon Conway, Rituraj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajwardhan Hangergekar, Dwayne Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Chowdhary, Matisha Pathirana, Simarjit Singh, Deepak Chahar , Prashant Solanki, Mahesh Thikshana, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Sheikh Rashid, Nishant Sindhu, Sisanda Magala, Ajay Mandal, Bhagat Verma.

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