There are some new faces at the franchise and there were some stalwarts who exited at the end of last season. But it’s mostly been the CSK old boys doing the hard work so far this campaign.
Chahar and du Plessis shine against KKR
Faf du Plessis hit a superb 95 not out and Deepak Chahar took 4-29 as CSK beat KKR on Wednesday night.
Those two have been at the club for a while as have other players who contributed to that win. Ravi Jadeja went wicketless but was economical with the ball, while the biggest legend of them all, MS Dhoni, hit 17 off 8 which was important in the context of the match.
Add in a good game for Dwayne Bravo the previous match and some cameos from Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina, and you can see it’s the familiar names making a difference.
CSK are in good shape with three wins from four games.
Ali and Gaikwad play their part
But there are a couple of newer faces doing their bit as well.
Ruturaj Gaikwad who only started playing for CSK the last term scored a fine 64 against KKR.
New signing Moeen Ali has already been named man-of-the-match in one game and scored some quick runs in another couple of matches.
And against Kolkata, Lungi Ngidi also made a significant contribution by taking three wickets. Ngidi has only ever played 12 matches for CSK so is hardly an experienced campaigner for the men in yellow.
A good mix of some CSK legends aided by some fresh blood was always the plan for this season and it’s working well.
CSK are no strangers to IPL success with three titles already. If their main men carry on performing like this, they’ll have every chance of making that four.