CSK vs RR: Why is Mitchell Santner Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Match? Check CSK Playing 11

Published on: Apr 12, 2023 8:08 pm IST|Updated on: Apr 12, 2023 8:30 pm IST

Mitchell Santner

The important news development coming from the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) camp is that they have dropped their overseas spinner Mitchell Santner for their fourth encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The Chennai Super Kings have performed really well recently in this T20 competition as they defeated Mumbai Indians by a convincing margin of 7 wickets and also won the match against Lucknow Super Giants at home.

CSK vs RR: Why is Mitchell Santner Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Match?

After winning the toss and opting to bowl first, Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni stated that left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner is not part of the CSK playing 11 for this CSK vs RR IPL 2023 match. This only seems to be a tactical change as the Kiwi spinner is part of the five substitute members out of which one can be used as an Impact Player at any moment in the game. However, the Chennai Super Kings cannot include Santner as an Impact Player because they are already playing as many as four overseas players, Moeen Ali, Devon Conway, Maheesh Theekshana and Sisanda Magala. Even after taking two crucial wickets in the match against Mumbai Indians, Santner has been dropped because CSK’s premier off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana is back in the side.

“We will bowl first. It maybe slightly on the slower side, different from the first game. Dew may play a role and it might get better in the second innings. (On his 200th game as CSK captain in the IPL) It feels good and also I feel the crowd has been fantastic. Also the fact that we started in the old stadium, it was very hot and humid. But now it feels like we’re playing in Switzerland. It’s good to play. We have seen cricket change – how T20 was played at that point of time till now, a lot has changed. The crowd has been fantastic. We have had injury concerns and players were unavailable, but still we have done well. Mitchell Santner and Pretorius make way for Theekshana and Moeen,” said Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni during the toss.

CSK Playing 11

1. Devon Conway 
2. Ruturaj Gaikwad
3. Ajinkya Rahane
4. Moeen Ali

5. Shivam Dube
6. Ravindra Jadeja
7. MS Dhoni (C & wk)
8. Maheesh Theekshana
9. Sisanda Magala
10. Akash Singh

11. Tushar Deshpande

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Mitchell Santner IPL 2023 Salary

In the IPL 2022 auction, the Chennai Super Kings bought New Zealand’s left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner at a price of INR 1.80 Crore. He played just 6 matches in IPL 2022 where he picked as many as 4 wickets. However, CSK team management still decided to retain Santner ahead of the IPL 2023 auction.

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