Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris believes that MS Dhoni and Lasith Malinga’s one-on-one rivalry in the death overs of the game, has made Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians one of the most intriguing battles of all-time.
Super Kings have made 8 finals in 10 editions they have played in and Mumbai five in 12 editions, having won four out of those summit clashes.
However, Scott Styris also added that CSK is a better team than MI because they have won the most knockout matches. He also added that CSK have produced the most uncapped players for India.
“It’s about consistency, CSK have never missed the final series, have won the most knockout matches, it’s the expectation and reliance on these IPL teams to produce Indian players and CSK have produced the most uncapped players for India and it’s a real desire that they have to continue to develop players in that regard,” Styris told ‘Star Sports’.
Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar disagrees with Styris and believes that there has been a surge by Mumbai Indians coming through ranks.
“…when we look at winning percentage, which is a good way of looking at teams, a good winning record, CSK is right up there, but of late, there’s been a surge by Mumbai Indians coming through the ranks, winning titles as well,” Sanjay Manjrekar told Star sports.
Sanjay Manjrekar also added that MI have managed to win 4 IPL titles whereas CSK have won 3. He also added that MI have threatened CSK in the last few years.
“Mumbai Indians have won 4, CSK has won 3 but they have played less IPL (they were banned for two seasons). When you look at that, Mumbai Indians is emerging as a team that is threatening CSK in the last few years, they have actually been the better team than CSK, a couple of IPL titles to MI.”