IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings boast one of the biggest fan bases of all teams.© Chennai Super Kings / Twitter
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have had one of the biggest fan bases of all Indian Premier League (IPL) teams. The presence of MS Dhoni as captain of the team since the IPL began has also contributed to a large fan base of cricket fans not only in the home city of Chennai, but from all over India. One of those fans, Gopi Krishnan and his family in Arangur, a village in Tamil Nadu, call their hometown “Home Of Dhoni Fan.” A building painted yellow with sketches of Dhoni in CSK jersey and the CSK logo adorn the front and sides and the parapet reads “#Home_Of_Dhoni_Fan”.
Super Fan Gopi Krishnan and his family in Arangur, Tamil Nadu call their hometown Home of Dhoni Fan and with good reason.
– Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 13, 2020
Many Dhoni fans like Krishnan have pinned their hopes on “Thala‘this season, even as CSK languishes in seventh place on the points table after just two wins from their first seven games.
As the IPL moves into the second half, CSK would draw hope from the fact that ten years ago, when the team won their first IPL title in 2010, they had won only two of their first seven games.
However, CSK must change things a lot if they want to keep their hopes alive to make it to the playoffs. They’ve made it to the playoffs in every IPL season they’ve played to date.
Other than the top three of Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu, the other batsmen have not arrived on the scene and the vulnerability of the middle order has cost CSK dearly on many occasions.
The bowlers have fared relatively better than the batsman, but death bowling remains a concern.
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