The Indian Premier League (IPL) Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are currently in Delhi as they will be locking horns with Delhi Daredevils (DD) in their upcoming match at the Feroz Shah Kotla On Friday. They have become the second team to qualify for the IPL 2018 playoffs after winning eight out of 10 games they have played so far. On the contrary, DD is the first team to knocked out of the contention for the playoffs as they have lost nine out of 12 matches they have played so far.
The game between DD and CSK can be termed as dead rubber as the result of the game will neither have any effect on positions of both the teams nor on the positions of any other team. However, ahead of the game, the players of both the team were seen hanging out with each other at a five-star hotel in South Delhi.
In a photo posted on Instagram by DD wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, he could be seen spending some quality time with the CSK skipper MS Dhoni and vice-captain Suresh Raina. It must been a great learning for the young cricketer to spend some time with the seasoned cricketers. And Pant’s excitement is pretty apparent by his caption: “When you have senior like these @mahi7781 @sureshraina3.”
Contrary to DD’s fortunes, Pant is going through a purple patch of his career as he is currently leading the list for highest run-scorer this season. In 12 matches, the Delhi cricketer has scored 582 runs at an average of 52.90 and a strike rate of 179.62.
The highlight of Pant’s campaign has been the 128* against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He now also holds the record for the individual highest score by an Indian batsman in the history of IPL.
Dhoni is also enjoying his time out in the middle in IPL 2018, as in terms of runs scored, he is having his best IPL season with 413 runs under his belt from 12 matches so far. He’s scoring the runs at an average of 103.25 and a strike rate of 162.59.
On the other hand, one of the most consistent batsmen in IPL, Raina, who is also termed as Mr. IPL has had a mixed season so far. While he has played few crucial knocks for CSK, Raina hasn’t really set the stage on fire in the 11th edition of the league. The second highest run-getter in IPL history has so far managed just 315 runs from 11 games.