One of the greatest sporting rivalries in the world is between the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings are two of the most successful franchises in the League with the Mumbai Indians winning the League four times and the Super kings winning it thrice ever since the inception of the League in 2008.
The two teams have played each other 30 times, with Mumbai Indians winning 18 times. The rivalry is often referred to as the “EL CLASSICO” of the Indian Premier League.
The presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar two of the greatest Indian cricketers as the captain of both the sides in the first edition of the tournament sowed the seeds of rivalry between the two sides. The presence of the iconic cricketers meant that the fan following of the two franchises was greater than that of any other team.
The rivalry gained momentum when the Super kings faced the Mumbai team in the final of the 2010 edition which was won by the Chennai team. Since then it has been the clash of the Titans as far as the Indian Premier League has been concerned. The two teams have played the finals on three different occasions in the year 2013, 2015, and 2019 with Mumbai Indians winning on all three occasions. The clash between the two teams is always a joy to watch and the organizers also recognize this fact. There are a number of times when the itinerary of the League features the first match as the clash between the traditional rivals.
Although the Mumbai Indians have scored over the Chennai teams when it comes to statistics, the rivalry is more complex than merely seeing who has the tightest head to head record. Legendary rivalries in sports like the ones between FC Barcelona & Real Madrid in football, India & Pakistan in cricket have a much more complex nature than mere results. It is the passion of fans and the fervor created by the moment which makes the rivalry legendary. Fans from both teams are passionate about the game. The League is all set to start on the 19th of September this year to be played in the United Arab Emirates due to reasons of COVID 19 and the first match once again is the gigantic tussle between these two traditional rivals. Only time will tell which team wins but one thing is for sure. Fans from both the teams can not wait for the action to begin!!