From 10:29hrs on Friday consider CSK out of IPL 2020 playoffs race.
It has been a devastating season for one of the most consistent franchises in IPL led by one of the greatest captains of all-time.
But it was much-anticipated. CSK was hit with an early turmoil when the second highest run scorer in IPL returned home from their camp in the United Arab Emirates. Situation became worse when veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also pulled out of the tournament. His experience in the UAE on wickets which are turning slow by the day could have been a game changer but he cited personal reasons to withdraw.
Faf du Plessis started the season on a brilliant note. He looked to play the role of a sheet anchor but couldn't carry on. Shane Watson has been inconsistent and MS Dhoni has been at his worst. More than that, not just the youngsters, the entire side looks to have lost the spark. But England all-rounder Sam Curran has been the silver lining to their season to forget.
Sam Curran contradicts MS Dhoni's statement
Dhoni is hurt. He admits. And as he admits his emotions, in a rarity, were on display after CSK faced a drubbing against the defending champions Mumbai Indians on Friday.
It could have been worse if Sam Curran would have not held fort for his side.
Curran displayed a performance which contradicted Dhoni's statement - "youngsters have failed to show spark" - which came after their loss in the previous match.
Cricket runs in Curran's genes. He knows how to step up to the occasion and the match against Mumbai Indians was a perfect situation to display his full potential.
His grandfather was a cricketer. His father Kevin played for Zimbabwe and his brother Tom and Benjamin are blessed with the art of playing cricket as well. Though Sam stands out as he continues to achieve a lot more than his siblings.
Curran stepped in to bat against Mumbai Indians when CSK were reeling at 21/5 - recording their worst score in powerplay in IPL history - they have never lost as many wickets in the first six overs ever before.
What does a 22-year-old do is such situation?
Curran's knock should be in textbooks for fellow youngsters to learn. He played his natural knock unperturbed by the scoreline. The all-rounder, in fact, looked to play even more responsibly to guide his side to the best possible total in such circumstances.
He did not look to waste deliveries or batted on the backfoot. Curran rather charged at the bowlers and slammed them over the park letting them know about his intentions which surely said he's not backing off. He notched up 52 runs off 47 deliveries before senior New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult removed him with a jaffa.
Imran Tahir, his batting partner, who played 10 deliveries also played a positive little knock as he ensured to rotate strike every ball and give it to the future of CSK franchise.
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