CSK remains resilient despite middle-order hiccup

CSK remains resilient despite middle-order hiccup

Amidst Chennai Super Kings’ fluctuating performance in this IPL, their middle-order had been a consistent asset. Shivam Dube emerged as a key player, dominating against pace bowlers and leaving opponents puzzled.

Dube’s stellar form initially compensated for Ruturaj’s slow start. However, as CSK’s new captain regained form, Dube’s momentum waned, evident in his recent string of first-ball ducks. While this doesn’t mark a disastrous season for him, it’s an area CSK seeks improvement in.

In their match against Punjab Kings, despite a promising start, CSK’s middle-order faltered, restricting them to 167/9. Post-match, Ravindra Jadeja, the Player of the Match, acknowledged they fell “15-20 runs short.” Nonetheless, an all-round bowling effort, including Jadeja’s three-wicket haul, compensated for the middle-order’s shortfall.

CSK’s bowling coach, Eric Simons, isn’t overly worried about Dube’s form dip. He emphasized that occasional setbacks are normal and expressed confidence in the team’s resilience.

With a four-day break before facing Gujarat Titans in Ahmedabad, CSK has time to regroup. Subsequently, they confront the Rajasthan Royals at home before heading west to play Royal Challengers Bengaluru.

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