With four championships, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) under MS Dhoni have been one of the most dominant teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL). While CSK’s team missed the semifinals in the previous IPL for the second time in 15 seasons, this time they will be aiming to win the championship as it is rumoured that Dhoni will play his final season in the league.
At the top of the batting order, the Conway-Gaikwad duo appears to be the most ideal pairing for CSK. Conway and Gaikwad are fortunately accessible for CSK’s first game. Conway had a strong campaign prior. The New Zealand batsman, who is of South African descent, has participated in seven IPL games so far, amassing 252 runs at an average of 42 and a strike rate of 145.66. An energetic Indian batter named Ruturaj Gaikwad had a successful season last year, hitting 368 runs in 14 games. However, CSK will be expecting an even greater performance from him in the IPL 2023.
MS Dhoni, the captain of the Chennai Super Kings, is fourth on the ranking of cricketers in the IPL with the most sixes. In 206 games, he has hit 346 fours in addition to 229 maximums. Dhoni’s division average is just under 40, and his strike rate is 135.19. Since the team’s first season in 2008, under his leadership, the Chennai Super Kings have claimed the trophy four times in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021.
Power hitters and all-arounders made up a potent squad for CSK. With the arrival of Ravindra Jadeja, Ben Stokes, and Moeen Ali to their ranks, CSK will be anticipating unleashing a barrage of massive sixes during the competition.
All three players have shown they can reach the boundary on numerous occasions, and this could be the year they finally solidify their reputations with big hits.
In addition to Stokes, CSK has access to an abundance of all-rounders (bowling both seam and spin), including Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, and Ravindra Jadeja.