It happened for the first time in the Indian Premier League (IPL) that the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) failed to make the playoffs and were knocked out with three games left in the round-robin stage. For the first time in the history of the championship, MS Dhoni and Co couldn’t make the top four. Meanwhile, Scott Styris, the former New Zealand all-rounder, reckons that the Super Kings can be expected to end at the 8th place on the points table in the upcoming edition.
As per Styris, Mumbai Indians (MI) will be finishing the league stage at the no.1 position with Delhi Capitals (DC), Punjab Kings (PBKS), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) being the other teams to make the playoffs.
Scott Styris also feels that Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) batting issues won’t help their cause in the tournament. Styris is also pretty concerned for the Rajasthan Royals (RR), mostly because Chris Morris and Jofra Archer’s can’t be expected to be fit for the whole tournament. He took to Twitter to put forth his predictions.
Let's try this
WAY TOO EARLY POWER RANKINGS @IPL 2021
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) April 2, 2021
However, the tweet didn’t seem to go down well with the Super Kings by any means. The franchise posted a picture of Styris, donning the CSK jersey, and asked the reason behind him putting CSK at the bottom. Later, Styris, in a hilarious way, also apologized for the same. He replied to CSK’s message and wrote, “I consider myself reprimanded. Super coach @SPFleming7 has already told me off.”
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) April 4, 2021
In the first three editions of the cash-rich league, Styris played for the defunct Deccan Chargers and in 2011, he played two games for the Super Kings, scoring five runs and not being able to pick up a wicket. In 12 IPL games, Styris scored 131 runs and picked up eight wickets.
Going into the upcoming edition, CSK is faced with a few troubles. The team is yet to find a replacement for fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who has pulled out of the tournament. The Australian fast bowler told that before Australia’s hectic schedule, he needed time with his family and wanted to stay away from bio-security bubbles for a while.