Chaos. Physics describes it as “the property of a complex system whose behaviour is so unpredictable as to appear random, owing to great sensitivity to small changes in conditions.” Anything that disturbs the set or expected pattern can cause chaos.
MS Dhoni, forever the Alfred Hitchcock of captains, took Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their third title. But there was science and a strategy that went beyond current Twenty20 (T20) standards in Chennai’s mesmeric title-clinching campaign.
The decision that sparked conundrum
In their last league game of IPL 2018, MS Dhoni’s clever jugglery of batting order proved to be a masterstroke against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). CSK were 27/3 in a chase of 154, thanks largely to Ankit Rajpoot, who had dismissed Faf du Plessis and Sam Billings off consecutive deliveries. Dhoni promoted Harbhajan Singh and Deepak Chahar to numbers 5 and 6 respectively, and it turned the course of the match.
MS Dhoni’s move to promote Harbhjan Singh against KXIP turned out to be a tactical success. Sportzpics
KXIP bowlers, who had until then stuck to classic Test-match lengths on a lively Pune track, suddenly felt the need to york and bounce the pinch-hitters. However, Harbhajan stepped out to meet the quicks while Chahar slogged Ravichandran Ashwin to the stands off consecutive balls.