Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris feels the Chennai Super Kings’ chances of reaching the playoffs are almost over. Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings, has shown a poor performance throughout the season. They have lost seven games out of the ten they played and are currently placed on the bottom of the points table.
Even if the points are understood from the mathematics of the table, it does not seem easy for CSK to reach the playoffs. Even if they wins their remaining four matches of the season, they will still be on 14 points, but Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore already have 14 points and record four-time champions Mumbai Indians with 12 points. In such a situation, it is very difficult for Chennai to reach the top-4 in the points table for the playoffs.
“Short answer and it hurts me to say this, I don’t think so. I think they are the one side who are out of this tournament right now,” Scott Styris told Star Sports when asked about CSK’s chances.
45-year-old Styris agreed with the head coach of the CSK, who admitted that playing with the same group of players, who are over 30, and not giving opportunities to youngsters, was risky for three seasons. Styris has played for the New Zealand team under Fleming’s captaincy.
Styris, who played for the 2009 champions Deccan Chargers, said, “You could tell by Stephen Fleming’s press conference last match. He believes the life cycle of this team is gone. We have been talking about it for 3 years, an ageing, old team. When that is the case, the performances, at some stage, were supposed to fall off the cliff as age catches up. I think this year is the year,” he added.
“I think they did well to get as far as they did last year. But there are so many match-winners in that CSK side who are a little bit older or not quite finding form. I can’t see them turning it around. Apart from Faf du Plessis, with his consistent performances, and Deepak Chahar, there are not much else.” Scott Styris added.
After having started the 2020 IPL campaign with a win over defending champions, Mumbai Indians, it has all gone downhill for CSK.