New captain in limelight as CSK, Titans set for first meeting after epic final

The Titans have five players from Tamil Nadu – Sai Sudarshan, Sai Kishore, Vijay Shankar, Shahrukh Khan and Sandeep Warrier – but CSK have none

New captain in limelight as CSK, Titans set for first meeting after epic final

matching details

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Gujarat Titans (GT)
Chennai, 1930 IST (1400 GMT)

The big picture: Gaikwad vs Gill

When Chennai Super Kings took on Gujarat Titans in the three-day rain-affected final in IPL 2023, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya were in charge of the teams respectively. Shubman Gill took over the captaincy of the Titans after Hardik moved back to Mumbai Indians in what is possibly the biggest player trade in IPL history.

New captain

Then, on the eve of the start of the IPL season, Ruturaj Gaikwad was announced as the new captain of CSK. Gill’s expression at the captains’ conference was almost similar to how most of Chennai had reacted when Dhoni handed over the captaincy to Gaikwad. Gill and Gaikwad, the most inexperienced Indian captain in the IPL, will now face each other in Chepauk on Tuesday.

New captain in limelight as CSK, Titans set for first meeting after epic final

Gill and Gaikwad have already made headlines with their captaincy. After the Titans snatched victory from Mumbai Indians in Ahmedabad on Sunday, their debutant Spencer Johnson talked about Gill’s leadership, saying that the captain sat with him on the bus to help calm his nerves before the game Were. As for Gaikwad, he made fielding changes in his first game as IPL captain, and one such change, which involved moving extra cover to sweeper cover, got CSK their first wicket.

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The other interesting subplot in this game is Chennai Boys vs Chennai Super Kings. The Titans have five players from Tamil Nadu – Sai Sudarshan, Sai Kishore, Vijay Shankar, Shahrukh Khan and Sandeep Warrier. Of the quintet, Sudarshan, Kishore and Vijay are sure to be included in Titans’ XI or XII (accounting for impact players). Sudarshan, Kishore and Vijay have all been part of CSK or Junior Super Kings, their grassroots programme. And during that time, Shahrukh used to be a ball boy in Chepauk for IPL matches. In contrast, CSK does not have a single local player in its main team.

In the pre-match press conference, CSK coach Stephen Fleming was even asked if it would be a “home game” for the Titans. Fleming responded, “In terms of the circumstances some players will be at home.” “But yes, it’s hard to say.”

Team News: Pathirana joins CSK

Sri Lankan death bowling specialist Mathisha Pathirana has joined the CSK squad in Chennai, but it remains to be seen whether he will be called into action after suffering a hamstring injury. Mustafizur Rahman, who made his CSK debut in the season opener by taking four wickets in the space of ten balls, is likely to retain his place in the team ahead of Pathirana.

Toss and Impact Player Strategy

If CSK bats first, Shivam Dubey should start, with Mustafizur coming in as an impact player in the second innings. If CSK bowls first then the opposite can also happen.

Chennai Super Kings

Probable batting XI: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad (captain), 2 Rachin Ravindra, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Shivam Dubey, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Sameer Rizvi, 8 MS Dhoni (wk), 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Mahesh Deekshana, 11 Tushar Deshpande

Probable ball-first XI: 1 Ruturaj Gaikwad (captain), 2 Rachin Ravindra, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Ravindra Jadeja, 6 Sameer Rizvi, 7 MS Dhoni (wk), 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Mahesh Theekshana, 10 Tushar Deshpande, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Gujarat Titans

After winning their first match of the season, the Titans are likely to stick with the same XI and impact player strategy. If they bat first then Sudarshan should start and he can be replaced by Mohit Sharma or any bowler. And the reverse could also happen if Titans bowl first.

Probable batting-first XI: 1 Shubman Gill (captain), 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), 3 Sai Sudarshan, 4 Azmatullah Omarzai, 5 Vijay Shankar, 6 David Miller, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 R Sai Kishore, 11 Spencer Johnson

Probable ball-first XI: 1 Shubman Gill (captain), 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), 3 Azmatullah Omarzai, 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 David Miller, 6 Rahul Tewatia, 7 Rashid Khan, 8 Umesh Yadav, 9 R Sai Kishore, 10 Spencer Johnson, 11 Mohit Sharma

statistics matter

Gaikwad has a strong record against Rashid Khan in the IPL: 95 runs from 60 balls in seven innings at an average of 47.5 and a strike rate of 158.3. Only Sanju Samson (111) has scored more runs than Gaikwad against Rashid in IPL.

Since the start of IPL 2023, Ajinkya Rahane’s strike rate on the first ten balls is 158.3. In comparison, his strike-rate of his first ten balls between 2018 and 2020 was just 85.1.

Dhoni has bowled out Umesh Yadav for 68 runs off 38 balls in seven IPL innings, with just one dismissal at a strike rate of nearly 180.

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Since IPL 2023, Titans’ seamers have taken 25 wickets in the powerplay at an economy rate of 8.35. During this period, no other team has taken more wickets in the first six overs. Afghanistan’s real swing bowler Azmatullah Omarzai has made the Titans even stronger in this area.

pitch and conditions

The Chepauk pitch used on Friday was unusual, with not much turn for the spinners. Instead, the ball slid well onto the bat, especially in the opening exchanges. Believe it or not, CSK’s spinners did not take a single wicket in the opening match of the season. This was only the second instance of CSK spinners not taking wickets in Chepauk since May 2015.

“If you’ve paid attention to my comments over the last few seasons, we’ve been guessing a little bit about wickets as well,” Fleming said. “But it feels great [today].”

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