The clash of the rivals is here. Two of the strongest teams in the IPL will lock horns for the first match of this year’s IPL. A lot has been changed since two years when CSK made their last appearance in the IPL.
For Wankhede, the batsmen’s fortress, this is how I will line ‘my’ Chennai Team.
This ‘probable’ is based on the player’s current form and their past records in IPL.
For the openers, I will go with Watson and Murali Vijay as Faf is out of the match. Their experience will come in handy. Watson is in great form, while Murali Vijay’s record as an opener for CSK is great.
Suresh Raina, the highest run-getter in IPL will come in next. That’s no surprise. He is the perfect option for number three. I will opt for Dhoni to come in at number four because it’s important to give him more deliveries to play.
Sam Billings at number five. The England player did well at this position for his team, Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash.
Bowlers and All-rounders:
Dwayne Bravo at number six. Everybody knows how good he is down the order with Jadeja to follow at number seven. Bhajji at number eight, Mark Wood at number nine, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar at number ten and eleven.
Deepak Chahar is the leading wicket-taker of this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and Thakur’s good performances earned him a place in Indian playing XI with Mark Wood being the main strike bowler, the team’s pace attack is excellent in away games.
Jadeja and Bhajji will take care of the spin department while Raina, as usual, can have an over or two in the middle.
PROBABLE: Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, Ravi Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Mark Wood, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur.