Dhoni to pick Uthappa or Du Plessis in CSK XI


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IPL 2021: Robin Uthappa and Ruturaj Gaikwad to open for CSK vs DC.

CSK Playing XI vs DC in IPL 2021: What will be Chennai Super Kings Playing XI vs Delhi Capitals? All eyes this time are on MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings (CSK). After disappointing IPL 2020, can Dhoni deliver great comeback in IPL 2021 and win their fourth Indian Premier League (IPL) title. CSK starts their IPL campagin against Delhi Capitals on Saturday with a hope that this time they will get their playing XI combination right.

CSK Playing XI vs DC in IPL 2021: CSK looks considerably more stable compared to the previous year, with the return of Suresh Raina and the addition of few players at the auctions. However, it has also put them in a Catch-22 situation. Chennai’s biggest headache going into the CSK vs DC game on April 10 would be what will be their “right opening combination”.

IPL 2021: What will be the opening pair for CSK vs DC game?

Chennai would be a happy side as they boast a plethora of opening batsmen. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa and Faf du Plessis fight for the opening pair slots in Chennai playing XI.

Until last year, Shane Watson CSK’s opening mainstay, while his partner kept changing which caused a lot of instability in the top-order. The regular changes made it hard for the openers to settle down in their roles. As a result, CSK’s middle-order got exposed too soon.

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So, it will be necessary for Dhoni and the team management to pick the right combination to avoid the IPL 2020 debacle.

IPL 2021: But what are the options?

Option1: Ruturaj Gaikwad

Gaikwad had a rollercoaster debut IPL. From testing positive for Covid-19 to getting dismissed for a duck on debut, to scoring three consecutive fifties in the final three matches of the season, the young Pune-born had seen it all. Interestingly, his historic successive half-centuries came as an opener. Therefore, it will be likely that he will be one half of CSK’s opening pair.

Option 2: Faf du Plessis

Faf was inarguably CSK’s best batsman last year. The only consistent player in the yellow jersey, he amassed 449 runs with his highest 87 coming as an opener. However, it was at No.3 where the Proteas actually faired well. In the starting three games, he scored impressive 173 runs which included two half-centuries.

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Option 3: Robin Uthappa

It is this new signing of Chennai this year that has actually spiced up the competition. Uthappa for the majority of his IPL career played as an opener and would love to return to his favourite position. His best as No.1 came in 2014, where he scored 660 runs to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) win the IPL title.

CSK will most likely pick the Uthappa-Gaikwad opening combination, with Faf taking the No.3 slot

IPL 2021: CSK Possible XI vs DC

CSK Playing XI (Probable) vs Delhi Capitals: Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Krishnappa Gowtham

IPL 2021 CSK vs DC match will be played on April 10 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 7:30 pm.

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