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How CSK showed T20 is a team game

A look into sides and there over reliance on 2 or 3 players

How CSK showed T20 is a team game
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With IPL 2018 finalists decided, we are looking forward to a superb game of cricket between the most worthy teams, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings. Both team were on equal points in league stages and occupied the top two positions. CSK, however, won against SRH in qualifier 1 to reach the final. Sunrisers had to work harder and defeat KKR in the second qualifier.

After the auctions for IPL 2018, CSK was supposed to be the worst team with most of their players in last part of their careers, afterall, T20 is youngsters game. However, Dhoni and co. showed how to play perfect T20 and surprised everyone (except their fans; they already knew) by reaching the finals. Where most of the teams relied on just 2-3 players in their lineup, CSK always showed excellent team work. Lets have a look at points table first.

IPL 2018 League Stage Points Table
IPL 2018: League Stage Points Table

SRH and CSK dominated the league stages, however, SRH showed over reliance on 3-4 players which continued throughout the season, whereas CSK has played perfectly like a team. Below is a lengthy table about the results and man of the matches in IPL 2018.

MatchWinnerMom
MI vs CSKCSKDJ Bravo
KKR vs CSKCSKSam Billings
CSK vs RRCSKShane Watson
RCB vs CSKCSKMS Dhoni
CSK vs DDCSKShane Watson
RCB vs CSKCSKRavindra Jadeja
CSK vs SRHCSKAmbati Rayudu
KXIP vs CSKCSKLungi Ngidi
SRH vs CSKCSKAmbati Rayudu
SRH vs CSKCSKFaf Du Plessis
MI vs DDDDJason Roy
DD vs KKRDDShreyas Iyer
DD vs RRDDRishabh Pant
DD vs CSKDDHarshal Patel
DD vs MIDDAmit Mishra
RCB vs KKRKKRSunil Narine
KKR vs DDKKRNitish Rana
RR vs KKRKKRNitish Rana
RCB vs KKRKKRChris Lynn
CSK vs KKRKKRSunil Narine
KKR vs KXIPKKRSunil Narine
RR vs KKRKKRKuldeep Yadav
SRH vs KKRKKRChris Lynn
KKR vs RRKKRAndre Russel
DD vs KXIPKXIPKL Rahul
KXIP vs CSKKXIPChris Gayle
KXIP vs SRHKXIPChris Gayle
KXIP vs DDKXIPAnkit Rajpoot
RR vs KXIPKXIPMujeeb UR Rehman
KKR vs KXIPKXIPKL Rahul
MI vs RCBMIRohit Sharma
CSK vs MIMIRohit Sharma
KXIP vs MIMISuryakumar Yadav
MI vs KKRMIHardik Pandya
MI vs KKRMIIshan Kishan
MI vs KXIPMIJasprit Bumrah
KXIP vs RCBRCBUmesh Yadav
DD vs RCBRCBAb De Villiers
RCB vs MIRCBTim Southee
DD vs RCBRCBAb De Villiers
KXIP vs RCBRCBUmesh Yadav
RCB vs SRHRCBAb De Villiers
RR vs DDRRSamson
RR vs RCBRRSamson
MI vs RRRRJofra Archer
RR vs KXIPRRJos Buttler
CSK vs RRRRJos Buttler
MI vs RRRRJos Buttler
RR vs RCBRRShreyas Gopal
SRH vs KXIPSRHAnkit Rajpoot
SRH vs RCBSRHDhawan
MI vs SRHSRHRashid Khan
KKR vs SRHSRHBilly Stanlake
SRH vs MISRHRashid Khan
SRH vs RRSRHKane Williamson
DD vs SRHSRHRashid Khan
SRH vs RCBSRHKane Williamson
SRH vs DDSRHDhawan
KKR vs SRHSRHRashid Khan

The below table shows, how CSK got the most different number of man of the match awards in their games, whereas throughout the season only 4 different players got man of the match for SRH

TeamWonDistinct MOM%age
CSK10880
DD55100
KKR9555.56
KXIP6466.67
MI6583.33
RCB6350
RR7457.14
SRH10440

This shows how heavily other teams are reliant on few players to perform. The classic case is RCB who managed to win 6 games out of which 5 were won by AB De Villiers and Umesh Yadav. Simply no one stood up.

Another argument to support the case that CSK played the finest team cricket is the fact that they have only 1 player in top 10 run scorers and no bowler in top 10 most wickets chart.

However, CSK top 6 is all averaging 30+ and the rest of them have added valuable contribution here and there. This depicts a team full of batting confidence where team is not reliant on single player. Although SRH has excellently performed, yet, their batting only has Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan who have averaged 30+. Same was the case for downfall of KXIP who had KL Rahul and Chris Gayle firing in first half, and as soon as they failed, the whole team came down and eventually failed to reach the playoffs.

TeamPlayers with 30+ Avg. (Min 5. Games)
CSK6
DD4
KKR3
RCB3
KXIP2
MI2
RR2
SRH2

Following is a table that shows number of players with 10+ wickets for each team in this IPL. CSK again leads the chart with 5 bowlers who have taken 10 or more wickets in IPL 2018.

TeamNo. Of Bowlers with 10+ wickets
CSK5
KKR5
MI5
KXIP4
RR4
SRH4
RCB3
DD2

CSK with 6 batsmen averaging 30+ and 5 bowlers who have taken 10+ wickets consists of 11 match winners as showed by stats and figures. Sunrisers on the other hand have 2 batsmen, and 4 bowlers who can win the matches, but the remaining 5 players are seriously useless. A mastermind like Dhoni already knows this, hence, they play on their strengths and have defeated SRH in all 3 encounters so far.

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