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Cricket Fever: CSK vs RCB Face-off in the IPL

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As per the recent announcement from BCCI, the IPL 2024 is set to kick off on March 22, 2024. The inaugural match will witness the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, hosting Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The anticipation among cricket enthusiasts is palpable, and we invite all fans to join in the excitement. Stay tuned to sprintersgames.in & sprinters.news for timely updates and comprehensive coverage of all sports-related news.

Let’s focus on the recent updates of these rivals:

The opening match carries added importance for us and every fan as it marks the comeback of MS Dhoni to active participation. Dhoni is set to rejoin his team in Chennai during the first week of March and commence training. In 2023, the cricket maestro underwent knee surgery, specifically an “arthroscopic repair.” This surgical procedure occurred shortly after he led CSK to a title triumph against Titans in a rain-affected two-day final in Ahmedabad last season. Since then, he has been absent from competitive cricket.

What’s new in CSK?

CSK has introduced several fresh talents to their squad via the auction, notably acquiring Daryl Mitchell for ₹14 crore, surpassing his base price of ₹1 crore. The New Zealand all-rounder, known for his potent power-hitting skills, is expected to play a pivotal role for the defending champions. However, as per insights from our sports experts, the standout addition is Rachin Ravindra. The promising young Kiwi made a significant impact in the World Cup 2023, and this IPL season marks his debut campaign in the tournament.

CSK posted a video where Ravindra said, “It is an absolute privilege to be a part of such a solid franchise in the IPL. A team which has had so much success and who have had such amazing players to play for the team, so very excited to play for the team.”

“Also, I will be part of the IPL for the first time, obviously talked a lot with Kiwi boys who are already involved. They praise the intensity of the crowd and the fanfare that is all in the hype and surrounds is pretty-pretty special. Very very lucky and privileged to play in the same team, Santner, Devs (Devon Conway) are very close to me in the New Zealand team and Daryl is picked up by CSK too, not just them but also the greats of the game, Dhoni, Jadeja, extremely-extremely grateful to be involved in such an amazing franchise,” he added.

CSK successfully secured Shardul Thakur, a member of the 2023 ODI World Cup squad, for a price of 4 crore rupees. This marks a homecoming for Shardul after a two-year hiatus. Having briefly played for Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders in the seasons following his departure from the Super Kings in 2021, Thakur is back with the CSK squad. Additionally, Sameer Rizvi was acquired by CSK for a significant ₹8.4 crore in a competitive bidding scenario. In other notable purchases, Mustafizur Rahman joined for ₹2 crore, and Avanish Rao Aravelly became part of Chennai’s lineup for ₹20 lakh.

IPL 2024 Final Squad for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

The team roster for the upcoming season includes players such as MS Dhoni (Captain), Moeen Ali, Deepak Chahar, Devon Conway, Tushar Deshpande, Shivam Dube, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Ravindra Jadeja, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Ajinkya Rahane, Shaik Rasheed, Mitchell Santner, Simarjeet Singh, Nishant Sindhu, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana, Rachin Ravindra, Shardul Thakur, Daryl Mitchell, Sameer Rizvi, Mustafizur Rahman, and Avanish Rao Aravelly Ajay Mandal.

List of players acquired by CSK:

Shardul Thakur: ₹4 crore

Rachin Ravindra: ₹1.8 crore

Daryl Mitchell: ₹14 crore

Sameer Rizvi: ₹8.4 crore

Mustafizur Rahman: ₹2 crore

Avanish Rao Aravelly: ₹20 lakh

Retained:  The team lineup for the upcoming season features MS Dhoni as captain, along with Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dube, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Ajinkya Rahane, Matheesha Pathirana, Maheesh Theekshana, Tushar Deshpande, Ajay Mandal, Shaik Rasheed, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Mukesh Choudhary, Simarjeet Singh, Nishant Sindhu, and Prashant Solanki.

What’s new in RCB?

Despite continuous efforts, Royal Challengers Bangalore is yet to clinch their first championship. In the recent auction, they put in a strong bid to acquire top talents aimed at bolstering their team. RCB implemented strategic maneuvers by successfully securing England’s Tom Curran and New Zealand’s pace sensation Lockie Ferguson at economical prices of 1.5 crores and 2 crores, respectively.

In the final stages of the auction, RCB successfully secured Swapnil Singh and Saurav Chauhan at their respective base prices of 20 lakh each.

For the IPL 2024, RCB retained the following players:

Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik, Suyash Prabhudessai, Will Jacks, Mahipal Lomror, Karn Sharma, Manoj Bhandage, Mayank Dagar (from SRH), Vijaykumar Vyshak, Mohammed Siraj, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Akash Deep, Rajan Kumar, and Cameron Green (from MI).

RCB made notable acquisitions during the IPL 2024 auction, securing players at various price points: Alzarri Joseph (Rs. 11.50 crore), Yash Dayal (Rs. 5 crore), Tom Curran (Rs. 1.5 crore), Lockie Ferguson (Rs. 2 crore), Swapnil Singh (Rs. 20 lakhs), and Saurav Chauhan (Rs. 20 lakhs).

A quick overview:

CSK has emerged victorious in the championship on five occasions to date, owing much of their success to a formidable lineup of players and the strategic prowess of MS Dhoni. In contrast, RCB is yet to secure their first title despite the presence of legendary players such as Virat Kohli. Despite their star-studded roster, RCB continues to face challenges in clinching the coveted trophy.

Some common FAQs

Which is the most successful team of the IPL 2024?

At present, CSK and MI are deadlocked, each having secured the IPL trophy five times. Consequently, both teams can be rightfully hailed as the most successful franchises in IPL history.

Will Virat Kohli lead RCB in the IPL 2024?

Faf Du Plessis will be departing from RCB for the IPL 2024 season. In the previous year, Virat Kohli had announced Faf du Plessis as the new captain for RCB, signifying a shift in leadership for the team.

What is the biggest change in the IPL 2024?

Opinions may differ, but as per our sports experts, the most significant change would be the removal of Rohit Sharma from the captaincy of MI. Rohit has played a pivotal role in guiding the team to victory on five occasions.

Will Hardik Pandya lead MI in IPL 2024?

Yes, as per reports, Hardik Pandya is set to assume the captaincy for MI in the IPL 2024.

Final words:

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