CSK vs DC IPL 2021: The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) got underway on Friday with a nail-biting thriller of an encounter where the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) piped the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) by 2 wickets in Chennai. Harshal Patel bowled amazingly well returning with impressive figures of 5 for 27 while AB de Villiers smashed a quick-fire knock of 48 runs off only 27 balls. In the second match of IPL 2021, last year’s runners-up Delhi Capitals (DC) will be squaring off against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on April 10 in Mumbai.
1. Rishabh Pant
The newly appointed Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant will surely be a key player in this match against Chennai as he will be leading an IPL team for the first time. Since his superlative heroics in Australia, Pant has been absolutely sensational across formats in international cricket. He is coming into this game on the back of two amazing half-centuries in the last two ODIs against England. Pant will certainly be hoping to replicate his breakthrough performance that came in IPL 2018 where he smashed a phenomenal tally of 684 runs in 14 matches at an explosive strike-rate of 162.66.
Rishabh Pant in IPL 2020
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2. Faf du Plessis
Despite a poor performance by the Chennai Super Kings throughout the season last year, their veteran batsman Faf du Plessis looked in a remarkable form. In 13 matches, du Plessis composed a fabulous tally of 449 runs at an average of 40.81 and a strike-rate of 140.75. He smashed a total of 4 half-centuries in the last season of the IPL. In an interesting fact, the South African veteran has also announced his retirement from Test cricket in order to prioritize on the upcoming T20 World Cup in India. Thus, he will be aiming to do well in the IPL this year to seal his place in the national side for the mega event.
Faf du Plessis in IPL 2020
3. Shikhar Dhawan
Delhi Capitals senior opener Shikhar Dhawan looked in a tremendous form in the previous edition of the IPL. Dhawan scored an excellent tally of 618 runs from 17 matches at an average of 44.14 and an explosive strike-rate of 144.73. He was the second highest run-getter in the last season that took place in the UAE. Shikhar also notched up two remarkable fifties in the recently concluded ODI series against England at home. The senior Indian opening batsman will be aiming to regain his spot in the playing XI for the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in India later this year.
Shikhar Dhawan in IPL 2020
4. Sam Curran
England all-rounder Sam Curran played a breathtaking unbeaten knock of 95 runs off 83 balls to nearly guide England to a massive win from an impossible situation in the final ODI against India. In his debut season for the Chennai Super Kings last year, Curran did amazingly well both with the bat and ball. In 14 matches, the left-arm pacer took a total of 13 wickets at an economy of 8.19 and also smashed 189 runs with the bat. This year he is very much likely to be promoted up the order and CSK captain MS Dhoni will surely be looking to take full advantage of Sam Curran’s batting abilities.
Sam Curran in IPL 2020
5. Prithvi Shaw
After being dropped from the national side, young Prithvi Shaw set the stage on fire with an astounding performance in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy. In a record-breaking season, Prithvi slammed a staggering tally of 827 runs from 8 matches at a phenomenal average of 165.40 that included 4 centuries. He also became the leading run-scorer in a single season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. However, the 21-year-old Delhi Capitals opener did not have a great time in IPL 2020 scoring just 228 runs that included 2 fifties. But he looks in a terrific form at this moment and he will be hoping to take his brilliant form into IPL 2021 as well.
Prithvi Shaw in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021
The Delhi Capitals will be without three main players in this opening match of IPL 2021. Axar Patel tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the tournament while the pace duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are yet to complete their mandatory quarantine period. On the other hand, CSK have already signed Jason Behrendorff as replacement for Josh Hazlewood who pulled out of the tournament due to bio-bubble fatigue.
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