Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra has compared the encounter between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians to a contest between an international outfit and a club side.
His remarks came after Mumbai Indians decimated CSK by 10 wickets on Friday to move to the top of the points table with 7 wins from 10 outings.
It was a completely one-sided game as MI dominated CSK with both bat and ball. Invited to bat first, the MS Dhoni-led side could only manage a below-par total of 114/9.
At one stage, it seemed likely that they might not even cross the 50-run mark. However, Sam Curran’s gutsy fifty restored some parity for the three-time champions.
In reply, MI chased down the target without losing a wicket. Ishan Kishan, who was promoted as an opener in the absence of Rohit Sharma, and Quinton de Kock stitched an unbeaten partnership of 116 to take MI beyond the finishing line.
After the conclusion of the match, Aakash Chopra analyzed the game on his YouTube channel. He stated that CSK is no longer Super Kings after being hammered by the defending champions.
“Chennai is no longer Super Kings. Mumbai Indians have decimated CSK and reached the top of the points table. CSK are still at the bottom and almost out of the tournament,” said Aakash Chopra.
“When CSK came to bat, they gave chances to youngsters. I am not going to blame the youngsters as they haven’t played too much. Ruturaj Gaikwad got out in the first over, Ambati Rayudu was dismissed with a bouncer by Bumrah and Jagadeesan got out in the next ball. After that, Faf (Du Plessis) also got out to make it 3/4,” he added.
He further added that the dismissals of Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni gave him an indication of the current mindset of the team. He further mentioned that both the batsmen throwing away their wickets while going for big shots was ‘very unlike CSK’.
“After that Jadeja and Dhoni were together and those two dismissals changed everything for me, as far as I am concerned. Not that they would have made a huge score or not, that’s different.”
“The way Jaddu (Jadeja) got out of Boult’s bowling, trying to hit a big shot and then Dhoni got out after hitting a six, very unlike CSK,” said Chopra.