sports desk9 minutes ago
From today the Maha Kumbh of cricket i.e. IPL is going to start. The first match will be played between last year’s champions Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium from 7:30 pm. A big change has also happened in the Chennai team two days before the match. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been captaining the team for 14 years, will no longer be the captain. Dhoni has handed over the captaincy to all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in his place.
This will be the first time after 26 April 2019 that the Chennai team will take the field without Dhoni’s captaincy. In the two matches of the 2019 season, Dhoni was not fit, so Suresh Raina captained.
KKR will come under Iyer’s captaincy
Talking about Kolkata, this team will take the field with the new captain Shreyas Iyer. Last season the team was led by Eoin Morgan of England, but he was not joined by any team in the auction this year. Iyer has been the captain of Delhi and has also led Delhi to the finals of 2020.
Kolkata has the upper hand in the opening match
Chennai has played the first match of IPL 12 times so far and has won 6 and lost 6 times. On the other hand, if we talk about Kolkata, then KKR have won 10 opening matches out of their 14 played. Kolkata won their first match for 7 consecutive times from 2013 to 2019. In 2020, Mumbai Indians defeated Kolkata by 49 runs. Before this, the opening match of IPL was played only once in 2011 between Chennai and Kolkata. Chennai won this match by 2 runs.
How has been the head to head record of both the teams?
So far 28 matches have been played between the two teams in the IPL. Chennai has won in 18. At the same time, Kolkata has won 9 matches. A match between the two has turned out to be fruitless. The last time both the teams took the field against each other was on 15 October 2021. In this match, Chennai team won by 27 runs.
How will be the playing XI of both the teams
In the first match of IPL, two big players of Chennai team Deepak Chahar and Moeen Ali will not be seen playing. Deepak was associated with the team by paying 14 crores, but he got injured in the home series against West Indies.
In such a situation, he is not associated with the team yet. He is late with the team due to Moeen Ali’s visa being late. In such a situation, he will not be a part of the first match. Rajvardhan Hungargekar in place of Deepak and Adam Milne can get a chance in place of Moeen Ali.
Talking about Kolkata, Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer will be seen batting in the first match. Sam Billings can play as a wicket-keeper batsman.