articles by Rajesh Tiwary

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IPL 2019, CSK season review: Chennai a flawed team that managed to patch their shortcomings and overachieve under MS Dhoni

CSK's team management now needs to put the IPL 2019 final loss behind themselves as soon as possible and spend all the time they have from now till the beginning of the 2020 season in rebuilding.

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IPL 2019 Final, MI vs CSK: Old mistakes cost Chennai Super Kings fourth title despite best show against Mumbai Indians

Against any other team, CSK may have still managed to come back despite that slow progress in the middle overs. Against MI, they were almost guaranteed to fail because of that very slowdown.

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IPL 2019 Final, MI vs CSK: Rohit Sharma's certitude meets MS Dhoni's flair in clash of spontaneity versus preparation

As the two teams meet again in the final, it will be interesting to see if MS Dhoni pulls a rabbit out of the hat and throws a surprise at Rohit Sharma to dazzle Mumbai Indians

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IPL 2019, CSK's road to final: MS Dhoni's aura of invincibility helps Chennai Super Kings set up yet another title clash

To defeat Chennai Super Kings (CSK), you have to break their aura first. As an opposition, you need to see them as another regular team with weaknesses to exploit.

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IPL 2019, Qualifier 2: Faf du Plessis' intent with the bat against young Delhi Capitals takes Chennai Super Kings to yet another final

Faf du Plessis carried the Chennai Super Kings through the tough period against a young Delhi side to propel the defending champions into their eighth IPL final

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IPL 2019, Qualifier 1: Mumbai Indians' superior planning, execution stand out in easy win over Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk

Chennai usually doesn't panic after a slow start, but on this occasion, they knew they are up against a relentless bowling attack that will not give them opportunities to come back if they slide too far down.

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IPL 2019, group stage wrap: Table toppers Mumbai Indians appear most versatile side in closely-fought league competition

The table toppers Mumbai Indians are the most versatile in the contest and given their upper hand over Chennai Super Kings this season, they will be the favourites to be the first team in the final this year after Qualifier 1

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IPL 2019, RR season review: Rajasthan need to create strong indigenous core to produce consistent results

Going forward, the team management must shift their focus from buying overseas superstars and instead try to create an indigenous core.

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IPL 2019, CSK VS DC: MS Dhoni’s healing touch makes Chennai Super Kings appear invincible again

Chennai aren't a team without flaws, but when you add the Dhoni touch to it, they all manage to punch above their weight and appear impossible to beat.

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IP 2019 SRH vs KXIP: With added intelligence and game sense, Warner proves he is the greatest IPL batsman of all time

Warner is driven by sheer intensity. He plays an aggressive brand of cricket and gives it his everything out there in the field every time. But his intelligence and game sense is often underrated.

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IPL 2019, RR vs SRH: Rajasthan's lethal pace battery makes them a dangerous unit to face in the race for playoffs

The fact that the most comprehensive win of the season for Rajasthan came on a night when three of their star performers were missing is a tribute to the value of making simple plans and their clinical execution.

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IPL 2019, CSK vs MI: Out-of-form Suresh Raina needs to step up and take more responsibility as he is key to Chennai Super Kings' title hopes

When you aren't performing, yet leading the team, you tend to go in a downward spiral in every way. It shows when Raina, considered one of the best fielders of all time, starts misfielding and dropping chances routinely.

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IPL 2019, CSK vs SRH: Shane Watson's controlled aggression helps him have the last laugh against Rashid Khan

Shane Watson proved that a successful T20 batting masterpiece can have a soft intro that leads to a crescendo, a kind of abbreviated version of the Test style but with the same flow.

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IPL 2019, RCB vs CSK: Chennai's over-dependence on MS Dhoni puts them in worrying spot as Playoffs beckon

CSK need to think about the inconsistent returns from the top order. They are overdependent on Dhoni. And a team reduced to a one-man show often falters at the most critical of junctures.

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IPL 2019, RR vs MI: Mumbai Indians' top order need to take more responsibility as team suffers yet another defeat against Rajasthan

Mumbai bowlers were also guilty of bowling at the same pace and a tad too full for the surface. While the pitch had also eased up with a bit of dew on the surface, Rajasthan's methodical approach clearly gave them the edge in Saturday's encounter.

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IPL 2019, SRH vs CSK: Lack of intent against Hyderabad cost Chennai, they need to avoid complacency on road to Playoffs

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were careless just with the bat, but they were listless in the field too against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

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India World Cup Squad 2019: Dinesh Karthik’s selection a tribute to his endless toil in wilderness

With 15 years of international cricket under his belt, Dinesh Karthik hasn’t yet crossed 100 ODI caps. Over 15 years, he has had a gap of a year or more four times in his career

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IPL 2019, KKR vs CSK: Chennai's superiority in middle overs is secret behind their success

CSK took four key wickets in the period between 9 to 16 overs against KKR, including that of Russell which allowed them to keep the scoring down in the death overs.

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IPL 2019, RR vs CSK: Led by Dhoni, Chennai implement lessons learnt from their chase against MI, in Jaipur thriller

CSK have achieved the distinction of being one of the most successful franchises in IPL, by learning from their mistakes and by not giving their opponents any glaring weaknesses to exploit.

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IPL 2019, CSK vs KKR: Chennai's fortress at home built on the back of their superior batting on tricky pitches

The pitch at Chennai is slow and low, but the reason for CSK’s domination is their better planning and adaptability to suit its nature.