Thirumbi vandhutenu sollu, the Chennai Super Kings are back.
Chennai Super Kings kick off their UAE leg of the IPL 2021 against defending champions Mumbai Indians on September 19. MS Dhoni, set to guide the Chennai Super Kings in pursuit of their fourth IPL title. The Super Kings have won the IPL title thrice in 2010, 2011, and 2018. They have the highest win percentage of 59.83% of matches among all teams in the IPL.
However, the rivalry between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians is the biggest rivalry in the history of the IPL. So far, the teams have faced each other in 31 games with Mumbai Indians being the dominant side. As MI have won 19 games against CSK.
Chennai miss two key players in their opening game, Sam Curran and Faf Du Plessis.
Sam Curran’s unavailability is due to COVID-19 protocols. In the first phase of IPL 2021, Sam Curran played all 7 games and scalped 9 wickets, and scored 52 runs. Furthermore, Faf is the highest run-getters for the franchise in the India leg of IPL 2021. Playing 7 games Faf Du Plessis was able to score 320 runs for MS Dhoni-led side at an average of 64.00. Faf suffered a groin injury during his stint in CPL 2021. He was in a stellar run in the league. However, due to an injury, he missed out on crucial games like Semi-final and Final.
Chennai is currently in the second position in the 2021 IPL, winning five and losing two. They are two points behind the leader, Delhi Capitals.