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Can Super Kings paint the UAE yellow?

Oct 01, 2020 10:06 IST

One team which always starts as the favourites to win the IPL, Chennai Super Kings, have found themselves in unfamiliar territory this season. Their 2020 campaign was hit by coronavirus which saw 13 members of their contingent, including 2 players in Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad, test positive for Covid-19 while in the UAE. This forced the entire squad to remain in extended isolation which pushed back their training schedule. Moreover, even before the start of the tournament, CSK suffered 2 casualties in Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, who pulled out of the cash-rich league due to personal reasons. Where Bhajji's experience may have come in handy on the turning tracks in the UAE, Raina has been the backbone of CSK over the years. Keeping all that aside, most Indian cricket fans eagerly await for CSK to take the field, as it would give them a chance to see Thala Dhoni back in action. Fresh from his international retirement, watching MSD play again will without doubt be the highlight of this season. Under him, the Super Kings have clinched 3 titles and are the only team in the competition to have a 100% record of making it to the playoffs. In the 10 editions they have played in, CSK has reached the final 8 times. With Piyush Chawla, Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir and Mitchell Santner in their ranks, CSK probably has the best spin bowling department in the tournament. While Deepak Chahar spent his initial days in quarantine, Dwayne Bravo and Josh Hazlewood are busy with CPL and national duty respectively and will join in late. England's Sam Curran who may turn out to be their x-factor this season will also arrive later. Only Shardul Thakur and KM Asif have trained with the squad since the first practice session. But Daddy's army has time and again showed their ability to bounce and their fans would hope that CSK overcomes their blues and paint the UAE yellow.