The defending champions, Chennai Super Kings had a pretty good outing at the IPL Mega Auction 2022. They did pretty well to compile a solid 25-member squad. Prior to the auctions, CSK retained four players, namely Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Much to the delight of CSK fans, they managed to buy their core players back into the team. Players such as Deepak Chahar, Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo etc. will, once again, be donning the yellow jersey ahead of the 15th edition of the tournament. Besides, they have also invested in some talented Indians such as Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Tushar Deshpande to name a few.
Chennai Super Kings will kick start their IPL 2022 campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders on 26th March 2022 at Wankhede Cricket Stadium. In this article, we have compiled our predicted playing XI of Chennai Super Kings for the first match against KKR.
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders: Chennai Super Kings’ Predicted Playing XI Against Kolkata Knight Riders
Openers: Robin Uthappa and Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad had a stellar season last year. He finished the tournament as the highest run-getter. In 16 matches, he managed to score 635 runs at an average of 45.36 and a strike rate of close to140. Gaikwad formed a successful opening pair with Faf du Plessis.
However, the latter will be playing for RCB in the next season. CSK would be looking to make Robin Uthappa open the innings. Robin Uthappa warmed the bench for the major chunk of IPL 2021. However, when he got the chance he showed what he is capable of. He is likely to open the innings with Gaikwad in IPL 2022.