Mumbai: The entire Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) was filled with many nail-biting encounters and most of them involved the two finalists – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). But, unfortunately, the final turned out to be a one-sided affair owing to some brilliant batting by Shane Watson and some excellent strategies by MS Dhoni.
Apart from MS Dhoni’s masterstrokes, Kane Williamson also missed some tricks which could have been proved handy in the much-awaited final of the tournament.
Here we have listed the five positives of MS Dhoni which led CSK to the IPL trophy for the third time and five negatives of Kane Williamson which restricted SRH from getting the title for the second time. Go through:
Five positives of MS Dhoni
Did not experiment too much
MS Dhoni played almost the same team throughout the season. He made a very few changes on basis of pitch and conditions in every match. His batting unit remained the same almost in every match, although Ambati Rayudu was promoted and demoted in the batting order as per the requirement.
As almost every player had played at least 10 matches this season, they had the confidence in themselves as well as the unit. They relied on each other and always tried to give their best which did wonders for them.
Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo were the permanent elements of the playing fixture despite them leaking too many runs, as they were productive in terms of wicket-taking.
Watson, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the last season, looked completely revamped this season wearing the yellow jersey. He scored two centuries and scored 555 runs in 15 matches. He was made to open the inning by Dhoni which he kept doing aggressively and batted as per the team’s plans.
The experience proved handy for the entire team as they knew when to switch gears and never looked panicking.
Ambati Rayudu was in the kind of touch that he could dismantle any bowling unit in the world. He scored 602 runs at a phenomenal strike rate of almost 150.