IPL 2024: MI-CSK renew high-octane rivalry under new skippers | Cricket News – Times of India

IPL 2024: MI-CSK renew high-octane rivalry under new skippers | Cricket News - Times of India

MUMBAI: When you see corporate bigwigs, cricket officials and even players jostling for tickets, you know it’s the El Clasico of the IPL.
On Sunday night, two of the IPL’s most decorated clubs, with five titles apiece, will resume their iconic rivalry when Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings. Wankhede Stadium.
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What adds to the allure is that this could be MS Dhoni’s last IPL outing where he lifted the ODI World Cup trophy in 2011. Come out to bat, unless required. I go by the trend IPL 2024The Wankhede crowd will cheer him wildly even if he takes a catch or stumps or makes a fleeting appearance with the bat.
After undergoing a controversial transition in leadership, he now leads. Hardik Pandya While CSK is captained by Rutoraj Gaikwad – the two teams have been hot and cold so far.
MI lost their first three games before bouncing back with wins at home against Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bengaluru. CSK started with wins at home against RCB and Gujarat Titans, but stumbled with two defeats on the road and then recovered by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders at home.
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Of late, CSK have laid the wood on MI, beating them four times in their last five encounters. Ironically, CSK will feature four Mumbai aces in their pack – Shivm Dubey, Ajinkya Rahane, Shardul Thakur and Tushar Deshpande. Each of the four should know the Wankhede track like the back of their hand, three of them – Rahane, Thakur and Deshpande were part of Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy-winning team last month.
When MI and CSK met at Wankhede last year, Rahane scored a 27-ball 61 as CSK won by seven wickets.
The match will also set up two contenders for the all-rounder’s position in Team India for the T20 World Cup in June. Playing the role of an impact player, Dubey is CSK’s highest run-scorer with 176 runs @44.00 in five games and a strike rate of 160.
Having hit 13 sixes so far, the 30-year-old has won the heart of someone with whom he is often compared, India’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, who feels the Mumbaikar is sure to make India a success. Should be part of the T20 WC squad.
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As if being cheered on by his home crowd wasn’t enough, Dubey’s impressive performance has put pressure on Pandya (84 runs @ 32.25 in five matches and 1-89 in eight overs) to raise his game as well. Struggling to find his groove while batting very little down the order, Pandya showed signs of finding his mojo during a six-ball 21 not out cameo against RCB on Thursday.
With the rest of their bowling, MI will once again rely heavily on the magic of Jasprit Bumrah, who took five for 21 against RCB, to bail them out against a strong CSK batting line-up.
Where this battle may be decided is how MI’s formidable batting line-up, which is currently looking devastating with the return of Suryakumar Yadav at full strength, CSK’s top-class spinners. Ravindra Jadeja (3-18 in four overs in the last match) and tackles Mahesh. Thickening
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