IPL: Chennai Super Kings, Winning and Numbing Predictability

Freddie Wilde@@fwildecricketContributor IMay 10, 2014

Chennai Super Kings' captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a shot during their Indian Premier League (IPL) playoff cricket match against Mumbai Indians' in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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I suppose you can only praise them. You can only heap compliments upon them. You can only acclaim them.

This giant of a cricket team. This monumental beast of a modern-day side. This contemporary beast. The Chennai Super Kings; what can you do but acclaim them?

From top to bottom. From bat to ball. From one to seven. They are close to perfect. 

Their victories are tantalising but inevitable. Their successes are predictable but fascinating. Their wins are obvious but pulsating. 

They are a team so awesome that they make winning boring. 

Is it right that winning becomes obvious? That victory becomes a procedure? 

I don't know? I guess what clouds your praise in smog is the conspiracies. That their players are dodgy. That their captain is on the take. That they are a franchise clouded in suspicion. 

But you take that away. You live upon innocent until proven guilty. You take what they do at face value. And man. Man, they are awesome. From Brendon McCullum to MS Dhoni. Man, they are awesome. Power, to guile, to power again and to guile again. They have every base covered, and that is only with the bat.

On Saturday, the Chennai Super Kings dismantled the Mumbai Indians with trademark efficiency. With classical aplomb.

What perhaps defines such efficiency was the calmness of the chase. They started well, and never appeared to not be on track. Yet suddenly, they lost opener Dwayne Smith and Faf du Plessis in consecutive overs, their two set batsmen were gone, and Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were at the crease. There was, at that point, a glimmer of hope for Mumbai. But with the serenity of their eventual victory, Dhoni and Raina seeing CSK home, it's almost as if they gave Mumbai hope on purpose. They made it close to tease them. 

It came to the last over and Dhoni, as he has done countless times, saw his side home with consecutive boundaries. 

They are a side who always seem to know what to do. Who know how to operate. Who know how they work. They are, like the Rajasthan Royals, well trained, drilled and processed, and yet they are like the Kings XI Punjab, awesome, talented and skilled. 

The Chennai Super Kings are close to perfect.

Their victories are so obvious they are almost boring. And there is no greater compliment you can give.