Before the season started, many did not see CSK reaching the playoffs. Cut to a few months later, they are in the Top 2 and will be playing Qualifier 1 at Chepauk. It is a stunning turnaround to make the predictions of many esteemed former cricketers go wrong. On that note, here, we take a look at how Twitter reacted to the predictions of experts before IPL 2023 stating CSK won’t reach the Top 2.
Many experts predicted CSK won’t reach the Top 2 in IPL 2023
CSK did not have a great outing last season. Since then, the team had not improved much, barring the signings of the likes of Ben Stokes. They also had a lot of injury issues at the start with the likes of Kyle Jamieson, Deepak Chahar, Mukesh Choudhary and Simarjeet Singh all struggling. There were a few availability problems, too. Despite this, the team managed to do well in the tournament and is currently in the Top 2.
Credit must go to the management and MS Dhoni for pulling this off. It also needs to be noted that while Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja were in poor form with the bat, Maheesh Theekshana has not done much with the ball. It was players like Ajinkya Rahane, Shivam Dube and Matheesha Pathirana who stepped up and made CSK a strong squad in IPL 2023. Of course, the opening pair has had significant contribution, with them stepping up almost every fixture. All these reasons, added with the captaincy of MS Dhoni, makes CSK a hot favourite to win this season and add fifth IPL trophy to the cabinet.
Twitter reacts to these predictions
Meanwhile, the fans of CSK and MS Dhoni on Twitter trolled the expert predictions that did not give a chance to their team before the season. Here is a look at some of these reactions:
its pretty surprising how they dont even pick champion teams like csk and mi https://t.co/JVQ0LCfFNl
— Vishal (@KitsVishal) May 21, 2023Advertisement
Not the first time CSK & Dhoni bodied cricket experts 🤣 pic.twitter.com/4ciakQslQI
— 𝐒𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐲𝐚𝐬𝐌𝐒𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐧™ (@Itzshreyas07) May 21, 2023Advertisement
— திருநாவுக்கரசு (Thiru) (@57Thiru) May 21, 2023Advertisement
Samson bottled this season for Royals. https://t.co/8i0KKraT5H
— 17×28 (@Rish_Roh) May 21, 2023Advertisement
Again & again & AGAIN. https://t.co/jaVaRJmqyN
— Sun Krishna (@SunKrishna6666) May 21, 2023Advertisement
bro tbh there were no players who could have taken csk to playoffs, honestly it was the management and the support from them which made players believe in themselves. When the auction was over, the team had almost nothing, so i guess the predections wereright https://t.co/vqlOEaexss
— Chaitanya Dasari (@chaitudasari33) May 21, 2023Advertisement
True. 2021 no one thought we will make it to playoffs and we were crowned Champions 😁 https://t.co/BklpoxW95Z
— அனந்த் ஶ்ரீனிவாசன் 💛 (@justAnanth2709) May 21, 2023Advertisement
Royals were such a big favourites 😭 https://t.co/9UQ04NN8bv
— Prakhar (@Prakhar_PS1) May 21, 2023Advertisement