Gautam Gambhir, a former captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), believes that MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK), won’t be under much pressure to qualify in the IPL 2021 playoffs.
After finishing seventh in the points table last season, Chennai Super Kings had a huge impact on the first half IPL 2021. The yellow brigade currently sits in second place with 10 points less than table-toppers Delhi Capitals. They would need to win two or three more games to secure their spot in the knockout stages.
CSK has players who don’t play much cricket but it can be a blessing sometimes because you don’t feel the pressure to play international cricket. Gautam Gambhir
Only Ravindra Jadeja (all-rounder) and Shardul Thakur (CSK) were selected in the preliminary T20 World squad for India. Deepak Chahar, pace bowler, was named as a reserve player.
Only all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur from CSK have been selected in the preliminary T20 World squad of India with pace bowler Deepak Chahar named as a reserved player.
The overseas players for the team include Moeen Ali, Same Curran, West Indies all rounder Dwayne Bravo, and South Afric bowler Lungi Nadi.
Gambhir believes that most CSK players will not be playing international cricket after IPL. This means there won’t any pressure on them. Even if they start slow in IPL 2021’s second phase, they still would be in the top four.
“Yes, they have the players who do not play much cricket, but it can be a blessing at times because you don’t have the pressure to play international cricket or making a comeback. They have put themselves in a position that even if they start slightly slowly, it will not make too much of a difference. If they start slowly in one or two matches, you will still be able to qualify for the top four and once you do that, it could be anyone’s game,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.
CSK will be better placed after playing at Wankhede stadium: Gautam Gambhir
CSK played their first five fixtures at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai before they moved to Delhi to play their other two games. Dhoni and his men won four out of their five games in Mumbai and Gambhir feels that they will be in a better position after playing on a difficult ground like Wankhede.
“Plus after playing at the Wankhede, if you are going to these conditions, you will be better placed because Wankhede is very difficult ground. They have done something good to be in this position despite having such a squad. They will take that confidence with them,” Gambhir mentioned.
CSK will play their first match in the second half of IPL 2021 against Mumbai Indians on September 19 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.