IPL 2023 will kick off on March 31 with 4 times champions Chennai Super Kings and the last season’s champions Gujarat Titans (GT) will start the season in a season opener.
The 16th season of the Indian Premier League will see 10 teams playing for the title. But today, we will talk about one of the most successful franchises in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) history, Chennai Super Kings (CSK). We will talk about the strengths and weaknesses and the CSK predicted playing XI in the IPL 2023.
Chennai Super Kings won 4 IPL titles (2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021) and is one of the most successful franchises in IPL history. Only Mumbai Indians won more IPL titles than CSK. They have won 5 IPL titles (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020).
We have seen the franchise growing every year and the fan base of this team is huge not just in India, but all around the world. But last time around, in the IPL 2022, they had a very bad season as they finished second last in the points table with only 4 wins in 14 games.
CSK will look to redeem themselves in the IPL 2023 and want to replicate the good performances they have given over the years.
Also, MS Dhoni has again become the full-time captain of the franchise after last year. Last year, R Jadeja was approached as the captain, but the all-rounder has given up the captaincy reins and MS Dhoni was again given the responsibility.
CSK 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, Kyle Jamieson, Ajay Mandal, Bhagath Varma
Chennai Super Kings IPL 2023 squad analysis:-
CSK has gone for one of the best all-rounders in world cricket in the IPL 2023 auction, Ben Stokes, and bought him for a whopping INR 16.25. Now, two of the best all-rounders, Ben Stokes and Ravindra Jadeja will play in the same team. This is a huge boost for CSK to have Ben Stokes on the team. He is a big match player and will play a huge role in IPL 2023 for CSK.
Also, they have two of the best openers in the IPL 2023 with Ruturaj Gaikwad in great form off late in domestic cricket. Devon Conway is a fine player and a watch-winner in world cricket.
Coming to their bowling, they have some good bowlers like Kyle Jamieson, Deepak Chahar, and Mukesh Chowdhary who can bowl well with the new ball. Especially a local boy Mukesh Chowdhary who can swing the new ball and is a wicket-taker.
They have some fine spinners who can control the game in middle overs. The spinners like R Jadeja, M Ali, and M Theekshana are some of the bowlers who can take the game away from the opposition.
Strength of CSK
One of the biggest strengths of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2023 is the all-rounders in the team. All-rounders like Ben Stokes, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, and Shivam Dube will give balance to the team. It gives the team a good batting depth and a few more bowling options than the other teams.
Their openers and the batting lineup are also very good with some of the fine hitters on the team. Also, the leadership of MS Dhoni is important for CSK in IPL 2023.
There is a slight weakness in the bowling lineup of CSK in IPL 2023. They have some of the good pacers for the new ball and the spinners in the team. But they don’t have an out n out fast bowler who can bowl in the back end of the inning. They have to look at this concern as soon as possible.
CSK strongest XI / CSK predicted playing XI in IPL 2023:-
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Ben Stokes, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Shivam Dube, Deepak Chahar, Mukesh Chowdhary, Maheesh Theekshana
In this playing XI, they have a batting depth till No. 9 with D Chahar can also bat as well. Also, they have 7 proper bowling options in the team as well. All n all, this playing XI of CSK is one of the best looking on paper.
Let’s see how CSK will go about its business in the IPL 2023. They have a very good team and they are one of the best teams in IPL history. What do you think? How far Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will go in the IPL 2023? Comment your answer below.
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