Former India international Sanjay Manjrekar reckons IPL giants Mumbai Indians (MI) have steadily become a better team than rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the last few years. Also Read - IPL | MS Dhoni’s Team Meetings With Chennai Super Kings Weren’t More Than Two Minutes Long: Parthiv Patel
Statistically speaking, Manjrekar isn’t wrong. Also Read - We Are Hopeful And Optimistic of IPL Happening This Year: KXIP Head Coach Anil Kumble
Overall, in 30 meetings between them (including the Champions League T20), current IPL champions MI have won 18 times while CSK have won 12. Also Read - Wicketkeepers Need to be Given More Consistent Run in Indian Cricket Team: Parthiv Patel
MI also surpassed CSK (three titles) as the most successful team in IPL’s twelve-year history when they beat them in the summit clash in Hyderabad last year for their fourth ever title.
“The IPL has been going on for about 12 years, and 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,” Manjrekar said on Star Sports.
“Mumbai Indians have won four, CSK has won three but they have played less IPL. 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, couple of IPL titles to MI,” he added.
CSK have made the IPL final eight times in their history (in 10 attempts) but have won just three of them while finishing as runners-up in the rest. On the other hand, MI have won four of the five times they have made the league final.
“When MI come to the final, they tend to win it, CSK not as much. When you look at the entire IPL, CSK go first, but of late, may be Mumbai Indians have a slight edge,” he said.
The 13th season of IPL was to get underway from March 29 with MI hosting CSK at the Wankhede Stadium before it was suspended till April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.