That they had been pressured out of their bastion. And right here have been the exiled Chennai Tremendous Kings, at a brand new ‘residence,’ trying to place the items collectively once more.
Regardless of their latest travails — having to maneuver away from their den on the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium was by no means going to be simple — the temper was mild throughout the CSK practise session at a windy, open stadium on the outskirts of the town right here.
The favored facet was with out its King although. Lacking from the session was CSK’s charismatic captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He had damage his again throughout a thrill-a-minute 44-ball unbeaten 79 towards Kings XI Punjab that nearly enabled CSK pull off a heist at Mohali.
It was a classic Dhoni blitzkrieg however there was a value to pay. Again accidents will be troublesome. If Dhoni is to carry out the twin function of ‘protecting wickets after which launching into the bowling with the willow, his again ought to be capable of face up to the load.
The CSK camp was tight-lipped about Dhoni’s health. Will the facet danger him within the recreation towards Rajasthan Royals right here on Friday with lots nonetheless left on this version of the IPL?
There’s a risk that Dhoni may play solely as a batsman, opening the door for N. Jagadeesan to don the massive gloves. Or might Ambati Rayudu be given the job as a makeshift ‘keeper?
The inspirational Dhoni is the nerve centre of the facet — his captaincy is influential — and CSK can be hoping that its skipper recovers shortly.
And figuring out Dhoni’s psychological fortitude and his astonishing comebacks from health considerations, you may by no means say by no means.
The welcome information for CSK was that Suresh Raina had a stint on the nets with none discomfort. The aggressive southpaw is a key participant for the facet and CSK had initially stated he can be out for 2 video games due to a calf muscle pressure; this meant Raina would solely be out there for the duel towards Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday.
However then, given the harm points within the CSK batting line-up — Kedar Jadhav has been dominated out, Dhoni is racing towards time and Faf du Plessis nonetheless has a health query mark — might Raina be fielded forward of schedule towards the Royals?
And the floor right here might supply bounce and a few motion — a robust breeze typically blows throughout the stadium enabling swing — to the pacemen and CSK might want to rework its bowling technique.
The main target might shift to tempo from spin — the facet’s power — and it’s simple to see why transferring away from Chepauk to a brand new ‘residence’ will likely be so difficult. CSK wants its King in these occasions.