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

Published on: Apr 17, 2023 8:23 pm IST|Updated on: Apr 17, 2023 8:31 pm IST

Mitchell Santner

In match no 24 of the Tata IPL 2023, Royal Challengers Bangalore is hosting Chennai Super Kings at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The Super Kings, who lost their last match against Rajasthan Royals at their home ground, have made a forced change in their playing XI for this game. The injured Sisanda Magala has been dropped and replaced by Sri Lanka’s Matheesha Pathirana. Surprisingly, CSK has also left out New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner, who did play 3 fixtures for the side this season.

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

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and asked Chennai Super Kings to have a go with the bat. It wasn’t a surprise to not see Mitchell Santner in the eleven as CSK dropped him in the last game against RR as well. It was a tactical change to drop the Blackcaps all-rounder in the last game and in this fixture as well. However, CSK has added Sri Lanka’s slinga pacer Matheesha Pathirana in their eleven as a replacement for the injured South African Sisanda Magala who got injured in the last game against RR. Here’s what MS Dhoni said at the toss,

“The toss does matter because this is a venue where it is difficult to contain batters in the second innings. And not to forget dew. I think what’s important is not looking ahead, maybe 180-200 is a par score but we need to keep re-evaluating every 3-4 overs on where we stand and what would be a good total to get to. That is a better way to approach, rather than keeping a total in mind. One change – Magala is injured and Pathirana comes in. The good think is all the players who have come in to replace guys have performed well. But these injuries haven’t been ideal, but that’s what happens because the IPL comes at the end of the cricket season.”

CSK Playing 11

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

6. Shivam Dube
7. Ravindra Jadeja
8. MS Dhoni (C & wk)
9. Matheesha Pathirana

10. Maheesh Theekshana

11. Tushar Deshpande

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Mitchell Santner IPL 2023 Salary

During the IPL 2022 auction, Mitchell Santner, a left-arm spinner from New Zealand, was acquired by the Chennai Super Kings for INR 1.80 Crore. Although he only took four wickets in six matches in IPL 2022, the CSK team management decided to retain him ahead of the IPL 2023 auction.

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