New Delhi: The four-times champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will be playing the inaugural match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 edition against the defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) on March 31 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Last year performance
The last season of IPL was ended on the disappointing note for the MS Dhoni-led side as they finished ninth in the ten-team tournament with just eight points. One of the most shocking news came in previous season was Dhoni’s decision to stepped down from the leadership role.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja started the season as the captain but midway, he left his position due to the pressure of the job as well as the worrying run of form. MS Dhoni became the skipper once again, but it was too little too late for CSK.
MaJa ba MaJa ba! 😍#WhistlePodu #Yellove 🦁💛@imjadeja @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/guBuGXgCL6
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 23, 2023
Strong batting line-up
MS Dhoni may try new opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and New Zealand’s destructive opener Devon Conway. The top order of this year looks blistering, with big-bucket singing Ben Stokes and followed by experienced Ambati Rayadu at fourth down.
The middle-order also have skilled all-rounders like England’s Moeen Ali and Shivam Dube, and Ravindra Jadeja. While, skipper Dhoni will be holding the command at the lower-middle order.
Pause. Like. Proceed! 💛#WhistlePodu #Yellove 🦁 pic.twitter.com/DNbMT6NqO8
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 24, 2023
Deepak Chahar returns for IPL
The bowling was not up to the mark last season, but the return of Deepak Chahar will boost the confidence of the side. Mukesh Choudhary, who made his debut in previous edition of IPL for CSK, managed to bagged 16 wickets in 13 matches. Chaudhary will be bright spot for CSK bowling line-up. Sri Lanka’s Maheesh Theekshana is once again expected to be their main spinner.
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Whistles are the order of this Summer! 🥳📆#TATAIPL #WhistlePodu 🦁💛 pic.twitter.com/VoAzUmDyEy
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) February 17, 2023
CSK IPL 2023 Schedule:
GT vs CSK on March 31 in Ahmedabad at 7:30 PM IST
CSK vs LSG on April 3 in Chennai at 7:30 PM IST
MI vs CSK on April 8 in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST
CSK vs RR on April 12 in Chennai at 7:30 PM IST
RCB v CSK on April 17 in Bengaluru at 7:30 PM IST
CSK vs SRH on April 21 in Chennai at 7:30 PM IST
KKR vs CSK on April 23 in Kolkata at 7:30 PM IST
RR vs CSK on April 27 in Jaipur at 7:30 PM IST
CSK vs PBKS on April 30 in Chennai at 3:30 PM IST
LSG vs CSK on May 4 in Lucknow at 3:30 PM IST
CSK vs MI on May 6 in Chennai at 3:30 PM IST
CSK vs DC on May 10 in Chennai at 7:30 PM IST
CSK vs KKR on May 14 in Chennai at 7:30 PM IST
DC vs CSK on May 20 in Delhi at 3:30 PM IST
CSK Strongest XI
Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ben Stokes, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni (C), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary
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MS Dhoni (Captain), Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Chowdhary, Bhagath Verma, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Deepak Chahar, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sidhu, Ajay Mandal, Sisanda Magala.