Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar reckoned that Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will deliberate multiple times over whether to bring Suresh Raina back into the team for the Qualifier 1 against Delhi Capitals (DC). CSK will be up against DC in Qualifier 1 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Raina was dropped in CSK’s previous two matches in the league stage, and Robin Uthappa was given chances in his stead. It didn’t really work out for MS Dhoni and co. and considering how good Raina has been over the years in the playoffs, they might even feel like including him, as per Sunil Gavaskar.
“Speaking of experience, Chennai will give considerable thought to bringing back Suresh Raina for the playoffs. Raina is a match-winner. Of course, in the last few years, he has struggled, especially against the fast bowlers, but he has the ability to change the course of the match. Of course, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, and Avesh Khan will test him, but it’s okay to take this chance as if it gives Chennai the chance to make it to the final,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Jagran.
Delhi have the firepower to come back stronger after the heart-breaking loss – Sunil Gavaskar
The Delhi Capitals (DC) suffered a last-ball defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Friday. Five runs were needed off the last ball and RCB’s Srikar Bharat scored a six off Avesh Khan to take his side over the line. They will be back stronger after that defeat, according to Gavaskar.
“Delhi and Bangalore are the two in-form teams, and even though Delhi were beaten off the last ball against Bangalore, they have the firepower with both bat and ball to come back stronger after the heart-breaking loss.“
“Rishabh Pant is a very positive cricketer, and he will have learned that when defending a total, it’s best to have the two best bowlers bowling the final few overs,” Gavaskar added.
DC holds the mental edge over their opponents having beaten them on both occasions this season.