IPL 2023 is expected to be a fascinating contest as this time all 10 teams are evenly matched. CSK would aim to start anew after a forgettable 2022 edition in which they finished in ninth position. Ruturaj Gaikwad he scored 368 runs in 14 matches where he scored 3 half centuries. Ruturaj Gaikwad was the biggest positive for CSK in IPL 2022.
CSK have been bolstered as Ben Stokes has made himself available for IPL 2023 despite picking up a knee injury. IPL 2023 is supposed to be the last for legendary skipper MS Dhoni. With the home and away matches announced for IPL 2023, we can expect competitive wickets.
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Sunil Gavaskar on Ruturaj Gaikwad
Sunil Gavaskar was interacting with Star Sports and was asked about Ruturaj Gaikwad.
“He has also captained Maharashtra on the domestic circuit. So he has captaincy experience. More importantly, I think he is a certainty in the team. You have to be someone who is a certainty, who is one of the first picks. I just think the captaincy will make it a lot more consistent.” Sunil Gavaskar said.
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“We saw that when Rohit Sharma was appointed captain of the Mumbai Indians. Before that, he was doing these adorable cameos. After he was made captain of the Mumbai Indians, he was scoring big runs because he realized how important his wicket was to the opposition and so he wasn’t giving it away. So I think he could be quite similar with Ruturaj Gaikwad.” added.
Great opportunity for CSK
CSK have an excellent record in Chepauk, where they would try to make the most of home conditions. CSK management should use Ravindra Jadeja in the middle order as he is someone who can take on spinners and provide stability to the team and up the ante.
It would be interesting to see if Ben Stokes plays the entire IPL as former England pacemaker Steve Harmison has suggested to the ECB to bring Ben Stokes back and focus on the upcoming Ashes. England head coach Brendon McCullum is pretty sure CSK have a very good medical team and atmosphere.
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