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Ruturaj Gaikwad kickstarts CSK’s new era as title holders host Virat Kohli-starrer RCB in electrifying IPL 2024 opener

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s CSK will meet RCB as the defending champions will look for a strong start at home in the opening clash of IPL 2024

As the IPL 2024 kicks off with a star-studded clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), fans brace for an electrifying encounter that not only marks the beginning of a new season but also heralds a transition of leadership for the defending champions. MS Dhoni’s decision to pass the baton to Ruturaj Gaikwad just a day before the season opener added an emotional layer to the fixture – particularly given the fact that the match takes place at the home of CSK, the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

CSK skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad (R) with RCB captain Faf du Plessis on the eve of the IPL 2024 opener(CSK Twitter)

CSK, a five-time IPL champion, will aim to make a winning start to their title defence as they look to surpass Mumbai Indians this year, who also have five titles to their name. With Dhoni’s storied IPL career nearing its twilight, the onus falls on the younger talents to step up and fill the void left.

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Rachin Ravindra, the new recruit, and Daryl Mitchell bring a Kiwi flair to the team’s middle order, complementing the experience of Ajinkya Rahane and the promise of Gaikwad.

The 26-year-old newly-appointed CSK skipper inherits a winning legacy meticulously crafted by Dhoni over the years. The team boasts a formidable lineup of all-rounders and spinners who thrive on the spin-friendly tracks of the Chepauk Stadium. Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, and Maheesh Theekshana form a formidable spin quartet, while Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur provide potency in the pace department.

However, RCB present a formidable challenge even if they haven’t registered a win at CSK’s home since 2008. Led by Faf du Plessis and bolstered by the return of Virat Kohli, RCB’s batting lineup exudes strength and depth. The addition of Cameron Green adds to their aggressive lineup, while the explosive Glenn Maxwell would aim at replicating his World Cup heroics.

The team’s fast bowling arsenal boasts the likes of Mohammed Siraj, Lockie Ferguson, and Alzarri Joseph, although concerns linger over their effectiveness in death overs.

In the spin department, RCB face a dilemma following the absence of Wanindu Hasaranga. Maxwell’s off-spin is expected to fill the void, supported by the likes of Karn Sharma and Himanshu Sharma. However, their match readiness and untested nature pose a challenge for RCB’s bowling unit.

As CSK and RCB lock horns in the tournament opener, anticipation runs high for a thrilling contest between two IPL powerhouses. Following the blockbuster opener, the weekend promises to be action-packed as the double-headers will make a return.


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