IPL 2019 Final: MI vs CSK – Matthew Hayden Believes CSK Will Lift Their Fourth Title
Former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Matthew Hayden has backed his old-franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Well, CSK will take on rivals Mumbai Indians (MI) in the grand finale of the IPL 2019 on May 12 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The veteran Australian southpaw Hayden is confident that CSK will win their fourth coveted title.
The 47-year-old reiterated the numbers wouldn’t matter in the finale. However, he believes both the teams have their loopholes.
Matthew Hayden sees CSK winning the title:
On the other hand, Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma has hit the form alongside middle-order batsman experienced campaigner Suryakumar Yadav.
“CSK (will win). Numbers don’t really matter in a final. Neither (team) has played their best cricket this time. In the last couple of games, some of Mumbai Indian players like Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma have started to come into form. So, both sides have got their vulnerabilities,” Hayden told Sportstar.
Hayden has been himself part of the CSK team which has won the title in 2010.
On the other side, Indians have already won their three titles apart from having a healthy overall record over the Chennai-based franchise.
Hayden, who has partaken in the fan event at Chepauk arranged by broadcasting giant Star Sports, also remarked that CSK could be hurt in terms of a poor fielding unit.
“There is nothing that they (CSK) can change as of now. They are a poor fielding side. In the finals where runs are a premium that can really hurt,” Hayden said.
Hayden maintained Indians had won the last three games convincingly. He added CSK had dealt a serve blow in MS Dhoni’s absence.
Earlier, following a poor show, Hayden stated CSK had got the stability in the team by winning second quality comprehensively by six wickets against Delhi Capitals (DC).
“The last three contests have been one-sided towards Mumbai Indians. CSK are a different side to what they have played in the three games (against MI) for different reasons. MS Dhoni was missing which was enormous for CSK and they had a bad night in the first qualifier. That can happen in any tournament. But in the second qualifier, CSK got the balance spot on, especially at the top of the order,” Hayden further said.
Mumbai Indians and business angle:
The southpaw maintained what is fascinating between both teams is their work culture.
While speaking about the work structure, Hayden believes the maximum of five players have formed the core of the team. He added the difference between CSK and MI is that the latter is run owing to a business proposal.
“A very family-oriented (structure), relying on four or five players forms the base of each franchise. The only difference is that Mumbai Indians is run by a corporate structure… They run it like a business and corporations are not cricket heads. It is difficult for corporations to get principles like loyalty and game awareness and things like that,” Hayden added.
However, he believes CSK has set focus on the Tamil Nadu Cricket (TNC) apart from the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). He has credited India Cements for its entire focus on the cricketing perspective.
“Whereas India Cements and Tamil Nadu are a very cricket-focused association with feeder systems through Tamil Nadu Premier League and Tamil Nadu Cricket,” Hayden inferred.
Earlier, Indians have finished atop on the points table with 18 points. Whereas, CSK finished second best on the table with as many points.
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