Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s brilliant captaincy in the Canary Yellow The Chennai Super Kings will be the biggest weapon against the clinical Kolkata Knight Riders, whose top spinners have promised to host the Aces in the high-octane Indian Premier League final on Friday.
If the numbers are anything to go by, CSK, in their surprise ninth final appearance in 12 editions (they were both suspended), are sure to start favorites with the Kolkata Knight Riders on ‘Dussehra’ day, but in terms of trophies, there is not much difference.
CSK have three final defeats with three titles, while KKR have won two of their finals under Mercury Gautam Gambhir. No team like Dhoni CSK has mastered reaching the final.
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But KKR will definitely be on the hunt, as they won the most exciting high-scoring summit clash in 2012, where they smashed a 190-run target with two balls to spare.
On Friday, CSK’s chances of winning their fourth title will depend on how well KKR’s spin trio Varun Chakraborty (economy rate 6.40), Shakib Al Hasan (ER: 6.64) and Sunil Narine (ER: 6.44) handle 12 overs. Who are the best in this tournament?
In fact, Shakib’s all-round capabilities gave KKR more balance at the end of the trade, once Andre Russell suffered a hamstring injury.
However, the final match comes with its own pressures and how these three will work when placed under the pump will be up against a team of war-hardened “there happened” experts.
The Dhoni captaincy mantra is simple – rely on experience as the IPL is not a finishing school or a place to train youngsters no matter how talented they are.
Ruthuraj Gaikwad was groomed in 2020 when the qualifying pressure eased and the Pune boy played freely.
He has scored three half-centuries and with his growth, Dhoni has laid the foundation not only for next year but for much more to come to his franchise.
It will not come as a surprise to anyone if Gaikwad becomes the next CSK captain after Dhoni calls time in the IPL, it could be next year or the year after that.
– Kolkata Knight Riders (@KKRiders) October 14, 2021
No one knows the drifts and patterns of the IPL better than India’s most respected white-ball captain.
He understood that for IPL sustainability, one or two talented youngsters as well as experienced players are needed.
So, what Suresh Raina was doing in his early years, is now being done by a young man named Gaikwad, who scored 600-plus runs in the tournament with one match left.
Hell or High Water revolves around CSK’s batting gaikwad, who, if all goes well, will become one of the best all-format batting stars of the post-Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharma era.
Has vast experience in CSK ranks. The captain himself is in his 40s with Dwayne Bravo 38, Faf du Plessis 37, Ambati Rayudu (36) and Robin Uthappa on his 36th birthday a few weeks away along with Moin Ali (34) and Ravindra Jadeja (32). .
Three mid-level experienced international players like Josh Hazelwood, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur understand the stressful situations well and CSK could not withstand the big match pressure.
Dhoni is a master at manipulating resources. An example of this is that this IPL has removed his “right hand man” and the real blue IPL legend Raina.
The former Indian player appeared to be overweight and completely out of touch and was replaced by the ruthless operator Uthappa, who played a big role in winning the game over Delhi Capitals.
The Knight Riders, on the other hand, also had a World Cup-winning captain and was instrumental in transforming the England team into a white ball captain.
Many believe that Russell Batter should replace Morgan, who has had a terrible IPL with Willow.
It was a test for leadership as he turned his available resources into well-martial. He was the opener with Shubhman Gill and the youngster made a good run.
The confidence shown in Venkatesh Iyer will also benefit The Indian white-ball team however found its mojo under him with consistent support after the Narine bowler rebuilt action.
Morgan is not as quiet and expressive as Dhoni even during test times and it is a competition of two ticking brains trying to predict the next move, which is a mouth-watering three-hour battle.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eon Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Shubhman Gill, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lucky Ferguson, Pawan Negi, M. Prasad Krishna, Sandeep Warrior, Shiv , Tim Southee, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakraborty, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seafert.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Engidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruktraj Gaik , R Sai Kishore, Moin Ali, K Gautam, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagat Verma, C Hari Nishant.
Match starts: 7:30 IST.