Chennai is one of the most consistent teams of the Indian T20 League. There is a popular cricketing joke that the Indian T20 League is a tournament where other teams compete to play the finals against Chennai.
Chennai has 4 Indian T20 League titles to their name, the second-best after the Mumbai franchise. They have also appeared in nine finals out of the 12 seasons in which they participated. The year 2021 saw a memorable turnaround for the franchise, where they won the tournament after finishing at the bottom of the table in 2020.
The franchise has put together a balanced squad and fans believe that Chennai can defend the title this year. Here are five reasons why Chennai may successfully defend its title.
5. Retaining the same core
The biggest strength for the Chennai franchise has been its ability to retain the same group of players over the year. This year also, Chennai has been able to retain most of the players who played for them in the 14th season.
MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif are the players who were part of the Chennai squad even in 2021. This helps the team maintain a steady team culture as the players are well acquainted with the dressing room culture.
The players know what their roles are in the team and hence they can execute the team plans easily. Thus, the steady and relaxed atmosphere of the dressing room will be a factor in Chennai’s title defending effort.