The Indian Premier League is just three days away from returning to Indian soil and with the change in location, some of the previously successful teams that failed to do well in the United Arab Emirates will hope to make a strong comeback as well.
At the top of this list has to be the three-time IPL champions, Chennai Super Kings, who ended up finishing the 2020 season second-last in the points table, despite making it to the final a season ago in 2019.
And while CSK made some great moves during the mini-auction ahead of the 14th edition of the tournament, former Indian cricketer and analyst, Gautam Gambhir feels that the franchise will end up having yet another disappointing year.
In a video interview with ESPNcricinfo, Gambhir said that by the end of the regular season, CSK would find themselves at the No. 5 spot, which would render the ‘Whislte Podu’ out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year after successfully making it to the Top-4 for every season before 2020.
Interestingly, Gambhir’s unfavourable prediction for the MS Dhoni-led side has had a calming effect on the CSK fans, who are rather happy with what he had to say.
Gautam ne Bola h ab to Trophy jeetne Ka chance bn gya h— ANKIT (@TuzyaAichaGavat) April 7, 2021
CSK fans :- pic.twitter.com/ulXQrD9Otl— OGGII (@oggiiduck) April 7, 2021
thanks Gautam sir..
CSK fans it's celebration time
Its Party time! Bcoz Gambhir has kept us out of top 4 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳❣️❣️❣️❣️🤣🤣— Shantanu Ghosh (@imshantanu105) April 7, 2021
Why Are The CSK Fans Happy?
It has been a below-the-radar running gag with the Indian cricket fans who troll the southpaw for getting his predictions wrong in the past and whatever the cricketer had said, the exact opposite of it has happened.
One of the greatest examples of such an occurrence comes from the IPL 2020 Final between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals in which Gambhir had picked Marcus Stoinis as the captain of his fantasy league team.November 10, 2020
And while the Australian was in marvelous form throughout the season with the ball and the bat, he not only ended up as the most expensive bowler for DC in the final but also gave up his wicket on a golden duck.
Some of the other cricket experts who predicted CSK’s result at the end of the season involved Aakash Chopra, Sanjay Manjrekar, and Ian Bishop.
While Chopra and Manjrekar echoed Gambhir’s opinion and also felt that CSK will end up missing out on the playoffs, Bishop said that the team will find itself at the No. 4 spot.