MS Dhoni practiced lofted shots on the eve of the IPL 2021 final against CSK and KKR. His signature helicopter shot was part of the drill, which helped him prepare for the crucial showdown. All of the other CSK players took part in the practice session and worked on their skills as well.
On their official Instagram account, the Chennai franchise posted a short video of their players practicing. This allowed spectators to get a sneak peek into their team’s preparations a day before the final match.
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar believes CSK, led by MS Dhoni, would start as favorites against KKR in the final. He reasoned that KKR would be panicked after nearly sabotaging a routine chase against Delhi following a middle-order collapse in their last game.
“Both teams would have preferred a slow turner because that’s where Chennai and Kolkata excel at employing spinners like Deepak Chahar and [DJ] Bravo and others. As a result, this is a little out of their comfort zone. This is a tough game to predict.”
“Both teams would have liked a slow turner because that’s where Chennai is very good at using Deepak Chahar and [DJ] Bravo and others and Kolkata as well, in using the spinners. So this is slightly outside their comfort zone. This is a difficult game to call.” he said
“And as I said earlier, most teams are carrying one major weakness that can just come undone on the big night but looking at the way things are and at Dhoni, how he manages the limitations, I am going with CSK as favorites. And especially after watching the panic set in Kolkata’s run chase, you know, you start feeling doubtful about it.” He added