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Aakash Chopra picks Deepak Chahar among 3 CSK players to watch out for vs GT
By SMCS - Mar 26, 2024 11:00 am
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has picked Deepak Chahar among the three Chennai Super Kings (CSK) players he will keenly follow in their IPL 2024 clash against the Gujarat Titans (GT) as well. Both sides will play against each other at Chepauk in Chennai on Tuesday, March 26 as well.

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar had an off-day at the field

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “Deepak Chahar, because he is a wicket-taker with the new ball. He looked slightly pale in the last match. He was releasing the ball well but it was landing slightly short. Pitching the ball up and getting it to swing is his ability and strength. Getting one or two batters out in the powerplay makes him Deepak Chahar.”

“He is coming back after a very long injury layoff. Here Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha will be in front of him and you want to bring Sai Sudharsan to the ground quickly. So I am looking forward to seeing how Deepak Chahar bowls because in a long season, Chennai will only do when Deepak Chahar picks up wickets,” the former India opener further added.

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However, Deepak Chahar registered figures of 1/37 in four overs in CSK’s six-wicket win in the campaign opener against the Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB). He conceded 24 runs in his first two overs but bounced back well to dismiss Glenn Maxwell for a golden duck in the final over of the powerplay as well. And, Aakash Chopra said Ruturaj Gaikwad’s batting and captaincy will be in focus as well.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and MS Dhoni
Ruturaj Gaikwad and MS Dhoni

“I will go with the captain Ruturaj Gaikwad. He was batting well in the last match and then he got dismissed. Now that you are the captain, there is excess focus on you, whether Dhoni or Rutu is setting the field. I think Rutu captained well in the last match. However, how many runs will he score? In the opposing team, you see Umesh Yadav with the new ball. They didn’t get Spencer Johnson to bowl with the new ball. Azmatullah Omarzai will bowl. This pitch will be good for batting and because (Mohammed) Shami isn’t there with the new ball, you will get a little breathing space,” he stated.

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However, Aakash Chopra named the young Rachin Ravindra as another CSK player he will keenly follow. Ravindra smashed 37 runs off 15 balls in CSK’s IPL 2024 opener against RCB as well. While his blazing knock gave the required momentum to the CSK’s run chase, he will try to contribute more.

“I have kept his partner Rachin Ravindra. If you see the 16 champions thus far, the openers rarely played less than an average of 40 balls. Devon Conway and Ruturaj’s partnership was very good and Rachin Ravindra was batting well in the last match. However, he lost his wicket after getting a start. Now the question is whether he can play a long knock here,” Aakash Chopra concluded.