As the IPL knocks around the corner, the speculations have already started blowing through the roofs and expect them to be nothing less than absolute crackers. The first game of the season will be played between CSK and Gujarat Titans where MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya will be leading their respective lines.
Chennai Super Kings finished in the penultimate spot in the group table in the precursor edition of the tournament as they registered 4 wins out of the 14 games that they played and they eventually finished above Mumbai Indians with a better net run rate of -0.203. One of their major factors that worked against them from the 2021 season was the lack of the firepower for the opening stand.
In 2021, Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad were the two highest scorers of the tournament with the latter bagging the Orange Cap while the former finishing 4 runs short. However, the departure of Faf du Plessis opened up a huge void in their ranks and that was never filled. With another IPL season almost upon us, here are two opening combinations who can try and bring about the change for the Chennai Super Kings.
#1 Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad
CSK will be desperate to find a proper replacement for Faf du Plessis and Devon Conway can be the best possible fit for the ranks of CSK to be the closest replacement of the former South African captain. Conway is also one of the finest Kiwi openers in business and can bring that early heat that the Yellow army will be desperately looking forward to. Ruturaj Gaikwad had an off season for sure but for youngsters it is a matter of belief and with a mentor like Dhoni in the ranks, it won’t be surprising to see him deliver.
#2 Ajinkya Rahane and Subhransu Senapati
Ajinkya Rahane is a proven contender in the shortest format of the game, particularly in the IPL. His season with KKR didn’t go as planned. However, things change and especially the biggest contender for turning the tide around will be Rahane considering his experience. He can steer the innings around perfectly and most importantly can play a handful of exquisite strokes. Subhransu Senapati is an exciting striker of the cherry and he is pretty young as well that makes him a perfect pick for future. He can get the wheels rolling faster than ever if he gets his big hits going, considering his hard-hitting flair.