Mumbai Indians and Chennai super Kings are like same set of toppers from school scoring every time. Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are the world’s greatest professional T20 tournament.
MI and CSK have now featured in as many as five and eight finals respectively. But what makes them so consistent? Let’s take a look:
1. Wise leaders
“The key to successful leadership is the impact, not power.”
That is perfectly relevant to the current captains of MI and CSK: Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni respectively.
In 2013, MI struck gold when they handed over the captaincy to Rohit. As a captain, he is very different from Dhoni. While the latter is known for his flair, Rohit is someone who believes more in analytics and planning.
But both have been equally effective, and that has helped their sides establish supremacy in this league.
2. Consistent core
Every season, MI and CSK have looked to retain their core, a strategy that has worked wonders for these sides. MI and CSK first met in an IPL final in 2010. Here are a few players common to both sides in 2019:
CSK – MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay
MI – Kieron Pollard, LasithMalinga
Players like AmbatiRayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Aditya Tare and Harbhajan Singh have spent a majority of their careers at these sides, and were also a part of the 2010 final.
3. Grooming young talent
Indian fans will forever be thankful to the scouts of MI for nurturing the raw talent in JaspritBumrah and HardikPandya.
These are players who once were bright prospects but now stand as India’s key players for a World Cup win in England. And all this just within a span of 4-5 years. The faith shown in such young players is what differentiates consistent teams from the rest.
4. Strong think-tank
These sides have a similar set of support staff for a long time now. Due to which, they have good relations between players and coaches.
That not only develops a team spirit but also helps to establish good understanding coaches to know the players well. When you have the support of your coach and captain, you are motivated to do better.
5. Brilliant scouting system
Scouts are the unseen heroes behind the success journey of every team. These are the people who unearth promising talents, and Mumbai Indians are blessed with a few of them.
Pick up a talent, shape him up and you have a new resource ready. This is what consistent teams do over a period of time and this is exactly what will happen with MI’s latest find Rasik Salam.
In the T20 world of India, MI and CSK are very important. Without them, T20 world is incomplete. That pretty much sums up the classical elements of Indian T20 cricket.