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IPL 2023 – 3 Players to watch out for from the Chennai Super Kings franchise

Jan 29, 2023

This franchise has won 4 IPL titles

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is presumably one of the most popular and almost every IPL fan’s favourite franchise. Firstly, and mostly because of their one man who has stayed constant with this franchise ever since its inception in 2008 – Mahendra Singh Dhoni. MS Dhoni has led the Yellow Lions to be one of the most successful teams of the IPL’s rich history, leading to 4 IPL titles.

However, this successful team also holds 2 very unique records – The team with the most playoffs appearances (eleven times) and the team to have lost the most number of IPL finals (nine times). Also for the record, CSK had their worst IPL outing on 2 occasions – they finished last in 2020 and second-last in 2022.

3 players who will standout for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023

With a fresh new start with the 16th edition of the cash-rich league, here are 3 players who could be the major game-changers for the Yellow Lions as they would be looking to getting back to their former winning ways :-

1. Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes is a completely different player in present, more so since his return from his “indefinite-break” from cricket due to mental health issues. The sturdy-built all-rounder from England ban bat and ball with equal intensity. CSK would like to bank on Stokes as the explosive middle-order batter to fuel the innings to a grand total, and use him as a 6th bowling option as well to balance the team’s playing XI. In short, Stokes could definitely be the gap-filler for Dwayne Bravo. Stokes’ batting is very important for the team in yellow, as he can take down pace bowling with ease in a line-up that is predominantly aggressive against spin.

2. Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja has been out of action for quite a lot of time now, and the bowling all-rounder is hungrier than ever to get back onto the field. He has been the most reliable player, both for India and CSK, mainly for being the perfect “all-rounder” – great batter, brilliant bowler and an outstanding fielder. Jadeja’s presence in the team would primarily be for his exceptional fielding skills. With the ball, Jadeja can spin and deceive batters to cause those unplayable overs and dismantle the momentum. And all are aware about his batting skills. How about Jadeja plundering RCB’s Harshal Patel for a mammoth 37 runs at the death of CSK’s innings in IPL 2021?

3. Ruturaj Gaikwad

Ruturaj Gaikwad has been the pick for CSK ever since he was purchased by the Yellow Lions. The young batter has been the perfect opener CSK were searching for and in IPL 2023, the 25-year-old would be the obvious option to open the innings for CSK. Though Ruturaj had a moderately low outing in the previous season, yet his 99 off 57 and a 182-run partnership with Devon Conway was a massively standout performance, which ultimately turned out to be CSK’s highest opening stand in IPL history.

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