MS Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings begin their 2021 campaign in Mumbai at the home of their arch-rivals, the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. The franchise will be hoping to turn their fortunes around after a season to forget in 2020, where the 3 time Champions had their worst ever finish, only one spot away from taking home the wooden spoon and not making the playoffs for the first time in history too.
While many passionate fans called for an overhaul to the “Dad’s Army”, MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming did not hit the panic button and instead kept the core of the title-winning team intact and went after the off-spinning all-rounder combination of Moeen Ali and K Gowtham, both of whom could have their potential maximized under a skipper like MS Dhoni.
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Neutral venues for the first time on Indian soil also means no home games at the Lion’s Den for CSK and instead 5 games at the pacy Wankhede for this team that has traditionally relied on Spin-to-Win! MS Dhoni seems hungry for success and would needs to forget the demons of 2020 where he looked out-of-sorts and uncomfortable at times while on the field and his form therefore, becomes critical for CSK to bring back that midas touch!
So just how do CSK line-up in 2021 and what strengths can they rely on, what weaknesses do they have to overcomes and what opportunities & threats do they have coming their way – let’s find out what’s SWOT with CSK:
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