Starting XI for CSK in IPL 2023: The legendary captain MS Dhoni will lead the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 16th season of the Tata IPL. The team from Chennai has won the IPL championship four times, which is just one less than their biggest rivals, the Mumbai Indians. They will try to become the joint most successful team in the history of the tournament, and I think they have the right mix of players to win yet another IPL. As IPL 2023 could be their captain Dhoni’s last season, CSK and fans would hope for a fairytale ending for one of the best finishers of all time.
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Like MI, CSK doesn’t like to make many changes to the team, and that could be the case again this season, even though they finished 9th in the IPL 2022. They will miss the veteran players Robin Uthappa and Dwayne Bravo a lot, but they have good replacements for the roles they used to play. CSK paid a huge amount of money at the auctions to get England Test captain Ben Stokes and the experienced Ajinkya Rahane. The two players might fit into CSK’s plans for this season. Aside from that, there are some injury worries. For example, Kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson might not be able to play in the IPL 2023 because of a back injury. The franchise has not yet named his replacement.
IPL 2023 predicted starting lineup for CSK:
Openers: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane
Ruturaj Gaikwad is seen as the future of the CSK team, and this is a good thing. The young batter from Maharashtra has been CSK’s best batsman for the yellow team for the last two seasons. And they will be counting on Ruturaj to get them off to a fast start with the bat once again. In his IPL career, the 26-year-old has scored 1207 runs at an average of over 37. He will try to add to that number in the next season.
Ajinkya Rahane is a very experienced player who should start ahead of Devon Conway, who is from New Zealand, to make the team work better. The player who has played in 158 IPL games would be a key player for CSK in the next season.
Middle-order: Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni
CSK might have one of the best middle-order batting lineups of all teams, and when everything works together, they’ll be a very different and dangerous team. Moeen Ali was a big part of CSK’s last two seasons. In 25 games, he scored 600 runs and took 14 wickets. He will be joined by other people from his country, as well as the unpredictable all-rounder Ben Stokes, who missed last year’s IPL.
MS Dhoni is the most famous player on CSK, even though he is nearing the end of his career and has scored less than 140 runs per innings in the IPL. Shivam Dube is the other important part of Chennai’s middle order. In 11 games last season, the all-rounder scored 289 runs at a strike rate of 156.
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Dwaine Pretorius
Ravindra Jadeja, who used to be the captain of CSK, will be the only Indian spinner on the Super Kings team. His overs could be very important on the turns at Chepauk. We all know that he is better with the bat in the last few overs, which helps CSK. Along with him, Dwaine Pretorius from South Africa could be chosen to help with speed. The fact that he has played in T20 leagues and is a good pacer cannot be ignored.
Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Maheesh Theekshana, and Mukesh Choudhary
Deepak Chahar has been CSK’s best bowler in the IPL for a while. So it’s good to hear that the pacer is healthy and ready to play. During the power plays, Chahar is the team’s option for taking wickets, and he walks into the team. Maheesh Theekshana, the mystery spinner, is another important part of the CSK team, especially at home. He keeps things tight and gets early wickets for the team. Last season, he did well for Super Kings, taking 12 wickets in 9 games. The last spot will go to Mukesh Choudhary. A left-handed pacer who was a bright spot for the team last year.
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