Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) are the two powerhouses of the Indian Premier League (IPL). No other team has dominated like they have in the history of the competition. They have shared seven IPL titles between them and the CSK vs MI is one of the fiercest rivalries in the IPL.
Hence, there have been multiple occasions when players from one side have gone to the other through the IPL auction. Some players have done well at Mumbai Indians, some have done well at Chennai Super Kings and a few of them in both franchises.
However, there have been instances where one team has backed a particular player but the other team didn’t. Thus, here are three players who were backed thoroughly by CSK but MI didn’t really give them big opportunities.
1. Michael Hussey
When you think of Michael Hussey and the IPL, you think of him in the yellow jersey. He is very much part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) even though he turned out to play for Mumbai Indians (MI) one season. Right from the start of the IPL (in 2008), Hussey turned out to play for CSK.
In fact, he was the first CSK player to score a ton in the IPL. He played a crucial role in the title-win in 2011 before he won the Orange Cap in 2013 (733 runs). He scored runs consistently through that three-year phase between 2011 and 2013. But in 2014, the left-handed batsman was bought by MI where he played just nine games in that season.
Hussey was hardly backed by MI but when it comes to CSK, Hussey was one of their main contributors. After just the 2014 season, he was axed and CSK bought him back. At the moment, despite playing his last IPL game back in 2015, he is still the third-leading run-getter in the history of the league for CSK.
2. Dwayne Bravo
For the first three seasons, Dwayne Bravo turned out to play for Mumbai Indians (MI). The West Indian all-rounder played 30 games across three seasons and picked up just 26 wickets and with the bat, he averaged of 21.76 and had a strike-rate of 117.18. While the promise was there but MI decided to let go of him.
It was the switch to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) that brought out the best of Bravo. The seam-bowling all-rounder has played as many as 89 games for CSK and has a strike-rate of 136.11 while averaging 26.60. He has played some vital knocks lower down the order. Moreover, it’s with the ball that he’s been a lot more effective and precious to CSK.
Bravo has found himself bowling at the death more often than not. Yet, he has found a way to succeed. The West Indian has a very good yorker along with a deceptive slower ball which he uses very well. Hence, it was CSK where he found more success because of the backing that he got.
3. Dwayne Smith
This might be a slightly surprising name in this list considering the fact that Dwayne Smith has played match-winning knocks for both Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, he was constantly in and out of the MI team. Moreover, his batting position wasn’t fixed either.
Smith turned out to play for MI for three seasons – 2008, 2012 and 2013. There were a couple of match-winning knocks against CSK itself and he got runs against them every time. Hence, that prompted the CSK management to buy Smith in the 2014 auction and back him.
The West Indian opener played 32 games across 2014 and 2015, scoring 965 runs at an average of 30.16. He formed a dynamic pair at the top of the order with Brendon McCullum. Hence, Smith was vital to CSK’s success in those two years.
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