The IPL 2019 is underway as fans look forward to their favorite teams toiling hard to win the title.
Without any doubt, title holders Chennai Super Kings have the most loyal base among the eight teams.
CSK are eyeing their fourth title, which would make them the most successful team in the history of the tournament.
We decode what makes them so successful.
The most important factor behind CSK's success has been MS Dhoni.
Over the years, his captaincy has usually been the difference in closely-fought matches.
He has the knack of picking the right XI and rotating his bowlers wisely.
Further, Dhoni has played his role as the finisher of CSK to perfection. His importance was highlighted, once again, in the match against Rajasthan Royals.
Dhoni, to date, has led CSK in 152 games, out of which he has won 95 matches and lost 56.
He has a win percentage of 62.50, which is the most by any skipper who has led over 100 games.
Overall, he has captained in 166 matches, winning 100 with a win percentage of 60.24.
He is the only captain to register 100 victories.
CSK's core players have been with them since 2009.
Players like Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo define the ethos of the franchise.
All of them know their role as they complement each other.
Further, coach Stephen Fleming has been working with CSK almost since the start and he is the brain behind their tactics.
All these factors have produced a world-class squad.
CSK are known to be one of the most consistent sides, since they use home advantage to the fullest.
In 52 IPL matches in Chennai, they have pocketed 38 wins.
Their winning percentage at their home venue is 73%. Interestingly, they won all their home matches in 2011.
Since they hardly set a foot wrong at Chepauk, they enjoy massive advantage in the tournament.
For now, CSK would look to dominate other teams in the ongoing IPL.
While they sit atop the points table, their path to play-offs looks clear. They also have a shot at their record fourth title.
As for Dhoni, he would certainly have more to look for, post the IPL, as he would play his final World Cup in England from May.
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