It is a new role for Ravindra Jadeja as skipper of Chennai Super Kings.
IPL Fever is back and the fans are very excited and so are the players. The 15th edition of the IPL starts from Saturday and will be played in Mumbai and Pune at four locations. In the replay of last year’s final, defending champion Chennai Super Kings will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural match.
In a surprise event, MS Dhoni retired from his captaincy and will play purely as a player for Chennai Super Kings and it is a tough feat for Ravindra Jadeja. Overseas star, Moeen Ali just arrived on Thursday and will miss the opener. Last year’s Orange holder, Ruturaj Gaikwad, will also try to extend his dream run this year.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, opted for a different strategy in the mega auction and bought exciting players. Mumbai star Shreyas Iyer has been given the responsibilities of the captains. Ajinkya Rahane is likely to open with Venkatesh Iyer. They have a 1-4 win-loss record against CSK in the last 5 games and are trying to narrow the margin of loss.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 1
Location: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date Time: March 26 at 19:30 IST and local time
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
CSK vs KKR, match 1 pitch report:
Wankhede Stadium has hosted many epic encounters in the past. Historically, the batters looked more comfortable on this surface and encountered hardly any obstacles. Spinners will play a big part in the middle overs. It is not easy to defend the scores here and bowling first is a good option.
Injury and news:
Deepak Chahar is injured and out until further notice.
Also read: Virat Kohli pays tribute to MS Dhoni after stepping down as CSK skipper
CSK vs KKR, Match 1 Likely Playing XIs:
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Shivam Dube, Dwayne Bravo, Tushar Deshpande, Chris Jordan / Maheesh Theekshana, Adam Milne
Kolkata Knight Riders
Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings (wk), Andre Russell, Mohammad Nabi / Tim Southee, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
Top Picks For CSK vs KKR Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batteries
Lots of expectations are gone Ruturaj Gaikwad after being detained by Chennai. He is always a feast for the eyes and has consistently scored in the last edition. He was the top scorer of the previous edition with 635 runs in 16 games.
Kolkata Knight Riders cast Nitish Rana a huge amount of 8 crores in this year’s auction. Last year he collected 383 runs in 16 innings with an average of 29.46 with the highest score of 80.
Top Picks – Allrounders
Ravindra Jadeja will be a first choice in the all-rounder’s lock. He has had a fantastic name and has worked a lot on his percussion, which makes him even more dangerous in this format. Last year he had a perfect one where he took 13 wickets and scored 227 runs.
Andre Russell has tremendous support from Kolkata’s team management for the talent he displays. He brings a lot of firepower to the center and can bowl at any stage of the match.
Top Picks – Bowlers
Adam Milne will probably bowl with the new icing for Chennai Super Kings. He played for Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past. In his 9 IPL matches, he has scalped 7 wickets with the best figures of 2 for 21.
Varun Chakravarthy is good at controlling runs and he is one of those net bowlers who went on to play at the highest level for India. He was the best wicket-taker for Knight Riders in the last edition with 18 wickets in 17 matches.
Top Picks – Wicket Keepers
Sam Billings is a good spin player which is an added advantage for the overseas wicketkeeper batter in the Indian subcontinent. In his 19 IPL innings, he scored 334 runs, including 3 half-centuries.
CSK vs KKR must choose Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
|Player||Statistics (latest edition)|
|Ruturaj Gaikwad||635 running|
|Ravindra Jadeja||13 wickets and 227 runs|
|Venkatesh Iyer||370 runs and 3 wickets|
|Nitish Rana||383 runs|
|Varun Chakravarthy||18 wickets|
Featured Play XI No.1 for CSK vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Sam Billings, Devon Conway, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad (c)Ravindra Jadeja, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer (vc)Dwayne Bravo, Adam Milne, Varun Chakravarthy
Recommended Play XI No.2 for CSK vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Sam Billings, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja (c)† Andre Russell (VC)Venkatesh Iyer, Shivam Dube, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Maheesh Theekshana
CSK vs KKR Risky Captaincy Picks:
Devon Conway was chosen by Chennai Super Kings purely on his decisiveness. He will make his debut in the IPL and you can take a risk and choose him as your fantasy team skipper.
Shreyas Iyer missed most of the season for Delhi Capitals last year due to injury. He managed to score 175 runs in 8 games at an average of 35 without half a century. He’s a risky captain for your fantasy teams.
Player to avoid:
MS Dhonic lacks exposure in recent times after his retirement from international cricket. He managed to score 114 points last season with an average of 16.28. Better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.
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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. When selecting your team, keep the mentioned points in mind and make your own decision.