Mumbai, April 9: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Ravindra Jadeja has revealed that his team will be desperately searching for that elusive victory later on Saturday against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at DY Patil Stadium, which will give them the “push” to get back to gain. in the new season.
Three losses in three games so far ICB 2022 have seen the four-time champions languish in eighth place in the 10-team tournament, and just above the five-time champions Mumbai Indians, who are ninth with the same number of defeats.
Additional motivation to win could come from Jadeja himself, as he will play his 150th game for CSK in the lucrative tournament. Only two CSK cricketers, former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (217 caps) and Suresh Raina (200 caps), have achieved the feat for the four-time IPL champions.
The two teams have met 16 times in the competition so far with CSK claiming 12 wins and the Sunrisers winning four. CSK would have been well rested after six days off after their last game against the Punjab Kings. While the focus was on training and practice, the team also indulged in bonding activities.
“In T20 cricket it’s a matter of a match. If you win a match, the momentum comes to you. A win will put us on the right track and give us rhythm because all of our players are so experienced there’s no need to tell anyone anything. because everyone knows their game. We’re working hard for that,” Jadeja said before the match.
Both Super Kings and Hyderabad are chasing their first win of the IPL 2022. Dhoni, Robin Uthappa and Shivam Dube have scored half a century for CSK in the first three games. Dwayne Bravo has collected five wickets from three matches, while Dwaine Pretorius has four wickets from two matches. Chris Jordan also made an impressive debut for the Super Kings against Punjab Kings going 2/23 from 4 overs.
But it would be more about Jadeja and her historic 150th match on Saturday. Jadeja’s season with CSK began in 2012 and the all-rounder has gone from talented player to elite statesman during his decade-long tenure.
He is the third-highest wicket-taker for CSK, having eliminated 110 wickets in 149 matches. With willow, the left-handed batsman has amassed 1,523 runs for the Chennai team. And the 33-year-old would look to lead from the front in the crucial match.
He has played several brilliant shots since he announced his arrival in 2012, scoring 48 from 29 balls in just his second game for CSK, against the Deccan Chargers. That cameo helped Chennai win by 74 runs.
Fast-forward nine years to 2021, and CSK is still looking to Jadeja to put on a special performance that will guide the team to victory. Last year, Jadeja shot an unbeaten 62 from 28 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore, helping the ‘Men in Yellow’ win by 69 runs. In that match, Jadeja outpointed Harshal Patel with 36 runs in a single over.
Jadeja’s journey with the Super Kings took another significant step ahead of the 2022 IPL season when Dhoni handed over the captaincy to him. Before the historic match, Jadeja said: “CSK is everything. It’s a family. CSK is like my home now. I’ve been part of the team for 10 years. I don’t see myself playing for another team now.”
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