Former New Zealand all-rounder and full-time pundit Scott Styris has opened up on the resurgence of MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) & |  Photo Credit: PTI
MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) definitely witnessed a change of fortunes in the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was eventually suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis in its bio-bubble. After recording their worst-ever finish in domestic cricket’s biggest extravaganza last season, Dhoni-led CSK roared back with a series of remarkable performances in the IPL 2021.
Surprised by the emphatic run of the three-time champions in the cash-rich league, former New Zealand all-rounder and CSK star Scott Styris revealed that he did not expect Dhoni’s men to be one of the top-performing teams in the initial stages of the tournament this season. One of the most successful teams in the history of the cash-rich league, CSK made significant gains at the IPL 2021 auction and Dhoni’s men had a fruitful run in the competition before the tournament was suspended.
Speaking to Star Sports about the 14th season of the cash-rich league, the former New Zealand cricketer opted to pick CSK’s sensational return to top form as a standout moment of the IPL 2021. “The resurgence of CSK after last year proved that it was just a blip. I did not have a lot of confidence in them, to be perfectly honest. But they are an intelligent franchise and they made some smart decisions,” Styris was quoted as saying.
“They dropped Raina and Rayudu down a spot, I know Raina wasn’t there last year but he has been a key at No.3 for them. As they are getting older and playing a little less cricket, they made that decision,” Styris added.
Under Dhoni’s leadership, CSK managed to claim the second spot in the IPL 2021 league standings before the cash-rich tournament was brought to a standstill on Monday. With five wins and two defeats, Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings bagged 10 points from 7 matches.