Home > Features >

IPL 2014: Chennai Super Kings have surprisingly strong Indian pace attack

Mohit Sharma has been a consistent performer for CSK in IPL © IANS
Mohit Sharma has been a consistent performer for CSK in IPL © IANS

Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the most consistent team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has traditionally struggled to field a strong Indian pace attack. Shiamak Unwalla analyses the three men who have broken this rut for the two-time champions.

When one thinks of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), terms like “most consistent IPL side,” “strong batting line-up,” or “good spinners” might come to mind. The term “very impressive pace attack” will rarely come up. In fact, “very impressive Indian pace attack” will come up even less.

Manpreet Gony, Joginder Sharma, Sudeep Tyagi, Ronit More, Yo Mahesh, Ankit Rajpoot and Lakshmipathy Balaji are some of the medium-pacers that have donned the canary yellow uniforms of CSK  in previous editions of the IPL. Of these, Gony and Tyagi had a few decent outings in the IPL. Both pacers even made their way into the Indian team, but neither one managed to last very long.

Balaji is the only Indian pace bowler to have played for CSK, who has remained consistent for an extended period of time. Indeed, at the time of writing, he is one of the three bowlers to have donned the Purple Cap in IPL 7.

However, in IPL 2014, CSK can boast of three very good Indian seamers. Mohit Sharma made a huge impact on their campaign in IPL 6, and has gone onto play the ICC World T20 2014 final for India. That he didn’t do particularly well in that match is a different matter altogether. In the IPL, Mohit has a very good record, and has carried on his form from the previous edition of the IPL to this one as well. After being smacked around by a rampaging Glenn Maxwell and David Miller in the first match, he has comeback strongly to bowl accurately and economically in the next two games. CSK’s fortunes may depend on how consistent he can be at the top. Going as per last year’s record, it needn’t be a problem.

  

Ashish Nehra, former leader of the Indian attack, has had a good time in the IPL . In the 55 matches that he has played across seven years, he has taken 60 wickets at an average of 25.53 and a strike rate of 19.68, both of which are impressive figures for Twenty20s (T20s). His economy rate of 7.78 is reasonable as well. He didn’t have a particularly good time in IPL 6, but in the one match that he played this season, he bowled tightly even as the other bowlers around him were dispatched to all corners of the ground.

Ishwar Pandey has played only two games for CSK, but already there is speculation that he could be seen in Indian colours sooner rather than later. Pandey has taken two for 24 and one for 22 in his first two games for them, but the numbers do not tell the full picture. He has comprehensively out-bowled Ben Hilfenhaus, and has looked like taking a wicket every over. His spell against the Mumbai Indians (MI) was especially probing. He was able to generate appreciable movement off the surface at good pace, and his line and length was unswerving.

CSK, as usual, look like one of the most well-balanced sides in the tournament on paper. Their traditional shortcoming when it comes to Indian pacers has also been solved this time around. While the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) out-batted them in the first match, their bowling rallied brilliantly and won them the next two games.

If CSK manage to reach the knock-outs again this year (and at this point, it would be foolhardy to assume the contrary), one can be sure that their battery of Indian pacers would have played a bigger role than what one has seen over the last six years in IPL history.

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule: Match time table for IPL 7

Click here for IPL 2014 Schedule & Results

Click here for IPL 2014 complete coverage

(ShiamakUnwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Nottingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

More

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Basseterre, St Kitts

No result

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Cardiff

India won by 133 runs

Photos

Aaron Finch's record 156 vs England in T20I

Videos

Alastair Cook looks ahead to 3rd ODI at Nottingham

MS Dhoni records most stumpings in international cricket during India-England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge

India vs England Live Cricket Score 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Ajinkya Rahane guides India

Give Virat Kohli a break, India

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Why India will miss Rohit Sharma

MS Dhoni’s statistics at No 5 and 6 in ODIs are phenomenal

Australia England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 Zimbabwe Triangular Series 2014

India vs England, 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: India looking good after early wicket

India vs England 2014, 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Shikhar Dhawan dismissed by Chris Woakes

Hyderabad post 403/6 against TNCA President’s XI in Buchi Babu

James Anderson booed by Indian fans at Trent Bridge in 3rd ODI between India and England

Doug Bollinger might be recalled for Pakistan Test series in UAE

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014 3rd ODI at Dambulla: Highlights

MS Dhoni records most stumpings in international cricket during India-England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge

Give Virat Kohli a break, India

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Why India will miss Rohit Sharma

India vs England 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: India’s likely XI

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

667 Posts | 6 Fans

10 Most Unbeatable Records in Cricket

Ebola infected monkeys said to be recovering with ZMapp

Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7 eliminated contestant Kritika Kamra’s online accounts get hacked!

This is the only Apple iPhone 6 leak video you should watch ahead of September 9 launch

International programme in Animal Husbandry

Hyderabad post 403/6 against TNCA President’s XI in Buchi Babu

India vs England 2014, 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge: Shikhar Dhawan dismissed by Chris Woakes

India vs England 3rd ODI: India off to steady start; Score 24/0 in 5 overs at Nottingham

HTC to finally unveil two wearables, Desire 820 with 64-bit processor at IFA on September 4

Norms to blacklist weapon manufacturing firms eased partially

Priyanka Chopra: I can’t go bald for a film just for one or two scenes

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here