IPL 2020: Top three picks for Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians


One of the most known rivalries of the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings has always been for the titles. However, with Chennai Super Kings facing a disastrous season in 2020, they are against the contenders, Mumbai Indians in one of the most important clashes of the season. Though it seems difficult for Chennai Super Kings to qualify for the playoffs, the mathematical chance of qualifying has kept them alive.

A recent statement from Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the post-match presentation regarding the youngsters has sparked controversy. He mentioned that the team hasn’t seen any spark from the youngsters which demands the spot in playing XI. The other teams have yielded rich benefits by playing the youngsters whereas CSK have failed to do so.

Chennai Super Kings will miss the services of Dwayne Bravo who is ruled out for the rest of the season with a groin injury. The lack of intent from players like Kedar Jadhav and Shane Watson have cast a spell of doom on the CSK’s aspiration in 2020. If Chennai Super Kings are to survive one more day to fight for the knockout qualification, a win is necessary.

Here are the top three picks for Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai Indians on Friday:

#1) MS Dhoni

The “Captain Cool” has failed to deliver in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League for the first time and the team is glaring at an exit. MS Dhoni has failed to live up to the expectations which have daunted CSK’s hopes to qualify. In few games, MS Dhoni’s slow innings cost the team a victory despite being in a good position.

Against Mumbai Indians, MS Dhoni will have a crucial role to play. He not only has the task of picking the right XI but also has to perform at the highest level. MS Dhoni will be one of the top three picks for CSK at Sharjah.

#2) Faf du Plessis

Visakhapatnam: Chennai Super Kings’ Faf du Plessis celebrates his half-century during the 2nd Qualifier match of IPL 2019 between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals at Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam, on May 10, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

One of the few consistent players for Chennai Super Kings, Faf du Plessis will hope to oust to his opposition with bat and fielding on Friday at a crucial time. CSK have endured a tough season but the player has helped his side to steer through two victories. Amongst the three wins, Faf du Plessis has anchored two chases and took his team over the finishing line. Faf du Plessis will look to repeat the same performance which helped Chennai Super Kings to win the first game of the season against Mumbai Indians.

#3) Deepak Chahar

Deepak Chahar IPL 2019

The Indian fast bowler is one of the brightest spots for Chennai Super Kings in the worst season of CSK’s IPL history. The bowler has retained the confidence of the captain by picking up the wickets at regular intervals. He has 10 wickets from 10 games at an economy rate of 7.1. The player is effective in the powerplay overs and has regularly struck the wickets for the team.

Known for his swing deliveries, the player will look to remove the openers of Mumbai Indians as soon as possible. He will be one of the top three picks for CSK against Mumbai Indians at Sharjah.