MI vs CSK IPL 2023: The legendary MS Dhoni will lead the Chennai Super Kings in a blockbuster match on Saturday night against the archrivals Mumbai Indians, 12 years after leading India to a famous victory at the Wankhede Stadium in the 2011 World Cup. That it is the main round of the ‘El Clasico’ of the IPL adds to the appeal of the challenge.
MI vs CSK IPL 2023
Dhoni has shown glimpses of his vintage spark in his brief cameos of 14 not out off seven balls against the Gujarat Titans and 12 off three balls against the Lucknow Super Giants, during which he smashed back-to-back sixes off the pacy Mark Wood. It is early days in IPL 2023. The 41-year-old, who is arguably the greatest white-ball finisher of all time, is not at his fittest, but he can still deliver a punch when necessary.
MI will never forget the damage he did to them last year at the DY Patil Stadium when he scored an unbeaten 28 off 13 balls and launched a ferocious assault on Jaydev Unadkat to help CSK win by three wickets.
While MI should be wary of Dhoni at the tail end of the innings, Ruturaj Gaikwad is likely to cause them a lot of trouble at the start. Gaikwad would be eager to continue his strong start to the season with scores of 92 (against GT) and 57 (against LSG), just to prove his worth and make a case for being included in India’s white ball squad in a World Cup year.
MI will rely on the speed and skill of Jofra Archer to stop the likes of Gaikwad and Dhoni from running away from this match, as their domestic bowlers have also appeared pedestrian this season. With Jasprit Bumrah out, MI is already in a bad spot. On his MI debut against RCB, the English pacer went for 33 in four overs, but he can be counted on to return to his best on a Wankhede strip that provides decent carry.
MI would fervently hope that their star-studded batting line-up, which includes Indian captain Rohit Sharma, his opening partner Ishan Kishan, Australia’s star all-rounder Cameron Green, and Suryakumar Yadav, the world’s No. 1 T20I batter, performs well early in the tournament, especially in a big-ticket match like this one.
When asked if he expected his team’s key Indian batters to perform well, MI’s batting coach Kieron Pollard responded, “I believe all batters have to fire.” I do not believe that any individual should be overlooked. Cricket is played with eleven players; once more, the tournament is just beginning, so everyone wants to get off to a good start. Although our batting performance was not particularly strong, we still managed a respectable total in Bangalore. Allow us to see what occurs since we are once again at Wankhede.”
“MI have no concerns about Surya’s form,” he emphasized.
The young Tilak Varma’s 46-ball, unbeaten 84 was the primary reason MI scored 171-7 in their first game despite falling to 48 for 4 this season. MI would be pleased with this.
MI’s batsmen need to be wary of the swing of Deepak Chahar and the dangerous off-spin of English allrounder Moeen Ali, even though they would be looking to pounce on CSK’s domestic pacers Rajvardhan Hangargekar and Tushar Deshpande, both of whom were warned by Dhoni for bowling too many wides and no-balls.
In their most recent match, CSK narrowly defeated LSG by 12 runs despite the latter initially appearing to be in control thanks to Ali’s 4-26 spell.
Revived following seven days’ break following the eight-wicket sticking on account of RCB, MI, who played four debutants in the opener, would be floated by the possibility of playing their most memorable home game at the Wankhede this season.
The hosts should have a lot of confidence going into the match because they have a 7-3 record against CSK at this location. Even though CSK appear to be slight favorites, recent form cannot guarantee much in a game of this magnitude.