Well it’s high 5s all around for Chennai as they have clinched yet another tournament under the successful captaincy of MS Dhoni. Here is a list of 5 reasons why it’s the whistle podu rocked the CLT20 finals.
1. McCullum’s Knock:
It’s a known fact that to get a big score you need to get a good start to provide a platform for incoming batsmen to play their natural game. Same was provided by Brendon McCullum when he played a decent knock of 39 of 30 balls and paved way for Raina to score a century which in the end became crucial in giving CSK a win.
2. Inability of KKR to counter Raina:
Raina has been there now for years and even a child knows that short ball is his weak zone. He is more likely to get out playing a hook rather than being dismissed by spinners. So exposing Raina to spin bowling of the likes of Chawla and Kuldeep in initial phase of his innings without giving him a dose of short bowling was a big blunder and Raina wouldn’t have asked for anything more. He cashed onto this and scored one of the most important tons of his career. Greeting Raina with pat Cummins initially was a better option.
3. Absence of Narine:
As we know that Indian conditions are suited for spin bowling. Hence having one or two quality spinners in your team can always work in your favor throughout the competition. Chennai found their strength in the spinning duo of Jadeja and Ashwin who persistently hit the stumps and make life hard for batsmen. Unfortunately KKR missed out on this front in the final due to the absence of their star bowler Sunil Narine who had ability to reduce teams score by at least 10-20 runs with his magnificent spin bowling.
4. Experience of playing in the finals:
Chennai has been one of the most consistent ventures throughout the IPL and have more experience of playing in the finals than any other team. Therefore they know much better how to handle the pressure of expectations in a final game.This also increases their probability of winning on the given day.
Pawan Negi came up with something which very few people can do in a final. He bowled a dream spell of 5 for 22 in 4 overs thus, restricting the score to a gettable figure. Showed some great signs of a true champion belonging to a champion team.