Why they won the Indian Premier League

Past Indian Premier League Champions - an Impact Index analysis.

IPL 2010 - Chennai Super Kings (Captain - MS Dhoni)

Dhoni's team has had the lethal combination of individual brilliance as well as team cohesiveness. The team won a lot of games on team strength supporting the individual brilliance well, including the final against Mumbai Indians. They were inconsistent during the league phase though and it could have cost them a place in the knockouts - but they scrappily won 5 of their last 7 league games.

- Chennai Super Kings had the highest impact batting unit in the tournament at the end of the league phase. Their batting relied on Murali Vijay's consistency as an opener and Raina and Badrinath's consistency in the middle order. While Raina and Badrinath absorbed a considerable amount of pressure for the team, Raina also was a key batsman alongside Vijay when it came to Strike Rate IMPACT.

- Chennai Super Kings also had the highest impact bowling unit in the tournament at the end of the league phase. Despite the fact that they were not the highest impact team on any individual batting or bowling parameter, it demonstrated the team effort that they could put with a lot of players contributing to the success regularly. Bollinger, Muralitharan and R Ashwin took charge of the bowling department while Jakati contributed very consistently.

- They had the 2nd highest Team IMPACT in the tournament at the end of the league phase behind Mumbai Indians who were much more consistent than Chennai Super Kings during the league matches. CSK faced MI in the final where a strong performance from Raina around vital contributions from all the players ensured that they edged past them.

- 3 of the Chennai's players were high impact players (IMPACT of 2.5 or more) in the tournament at the end of the league phase. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers had a higher number of high impact players but only a couple of them could rise to the big match occasion and deliver - the main reason why both the teams failed in the semi-finals. Raina, Dhoni and Bollinger led the pack in the league games and also gave tournament-defining performances in the knock-outs while Badrinath gave a tournament-defining performance under pressure in the semi-final. Dhoni's team was also very consistent as 16 of the players managed to have an IMPACT of 1 or more in the tournament - a remarkable titbit, this.


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