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MS Dhoni FIT after injury scare, CSK mull pace options against Gujarat Titans as Ben Stokes only batting, Follow IPL 2023 LIVE Updates

CSK Playing XI vs GT: GT vs CSK LIVE – Chennai Super Kings have no concerns about captain MS Dhoni’s fitness as…

CSK Playing XI vs GT: GT vs CSK LIVE – Chennai Super Kings have no concerns about captain MS Dhoni’s fitness as they face defending champions Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2023 opener on Friday. Dhoni suffered a knee injury during CSK’s practice but is declared to feature in Ahmedabad. However, CSK have another headache as Stokes will be only batting and he won’t be bowling at least in the initial period. Follow Indian Premier League 2023 LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN

“He is completely fit. There are no injury concerns,” CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan told Insidesport.IN

CSK had a rough season last year, finishing ninth in the standings. Super Kings had their poorest league-wide showing ever with four victories and ten defeats in 14 games.

CSK will attempt to perform at their highest level in this year’s league under the leadership of their legendary captain MS Dhoni after learning from their past errors. At the 2023 IPL auctions held in December of last year, the four-time champions also secured the services of dashing England all-rounder Ben Stokes for a sizable sum of INR 16.25 crore.

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In order to justify the money spent on him, the team will look to the England Test captain to perform at his peak in his first season with CSK.

Stokes will provide the middle order, which currently includes Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, and skipper Dhoni, some much-needed firepower.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, who is in fine form and had a great domestic season, especially in limited-overs cricket, is at the top of the order with New Zealand southpaw Devon Conway, and CSK are comfortable with their opening batters. Ambati Rayudu is likely to bat at No. 3 as he provides a plethora of experience to this position.

IPL 2023 - CSK Playing XI vs GT: The defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT), who will play Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on March 31 at Ahmedabad's iconic Narendra Modi Stadium, will kick off the 16th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Ahead of the match, we look at the strongest playing XI of the MS Dhoni-led side. Follow Indian Premier League 2023 LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN, HARDIK PANDYA

Along with Mukesh Choudhary, all-rounder Deepak Chahar will be in charge of the bowling attack as he appears to be fully healthy again. Ben Stokes will not bowl atleast in few opening matches of IPL 2023.

With Moeen Ali, Jadeja, and Mitchell Santner, Dhoni has a wide variety of spin bowling options to take advantage of the conditions in Motera, which have historically suited slow bowlers.

It is to be noted that Maheesh Theekshana is not available for CSK in IPL opener.

ProbableCSK Playing XI vs Gujarat Titans

Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (c) (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mukesh Choudhary, Mitchell Santner.

Impact Player: Mukesh Chowdhary, Ajinkya Rahane, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu

Chennai Super Kings squad for IPL 2023

MS Dhoni (c), Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Chowdhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Deepak Chahar, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Sisanda Magala, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Varma.

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