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GT vs CSK IPL 2023 Live Score Updates: Defending champions Gujarat Titans clash against four times IPL champions Chennai Super Kings.
Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings Live Score, IPL 2023 Match 1: Gujarat Titans (GT) face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League lung-opener in Ahmedabad on Friday. Pandya-led Titans, who are the defending champions, hold the edge over Dhoni’s Super Kings after beating them over two legs in the previous season of the IPL. For the men in yellow, IPL 2022 was a season to forget after finishing second last in the points table last season, their worst performance in the tournament so far.
However, CSK are likely start without Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is struggling with a niggle in his left knee. It is understood that he is still feeling some discomfort and doesn’t want to push too much as the team is short on wicketkeeping options.
On Friday, as the 16th edition starts, it will be very different from earlier ones as 12 players per side will take part in the pitched battle at the Motera Stadium with the ‘Impact Player’ rule coming into play for the first time.
IPL 2023: CSK, the all-rounders army
Ahead of the 2018 IPL season and upon their return from a two-year suspension following the match fixing saga, the Chennai Super Kings were branded as ‘dad’s army’. Ahead of the 2023 season, they look more like the ‘all-rounders army’. With the inclusion of Ben Stokes in an already all-rounders heavy lineup comprising of Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja and Shivam Dube. Also, somebody like Deepak Chahar, who adds depth to the batting order.
GT vs CSK IPL T20
MS Dhoni’s stepping stone to success was the T20 World Cup. A similar T20 IPL title in his inaugural season as skipper has catapulted Hardik Pandya towards India’s captaincy in the shortest game format. With the symbolic passing of this baton, another season of India’s Summer cricket Slam begins as Pandya’s Gujarat Titans play Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings.
While Dhoni might be sweating over his fitness, his presence remains a guiding light for CSK, be it from the dug-out, behind the stumps, or as the new gig allows, as an Impact player. For Hardik, it will be more about taking off in the second season. A day before the match, several reunions were spotted on the ground with high-fives among the players from Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings. After all, players worldwide have come down to India and formed a melting pot of the world’s most looked-forward-to cricket assembly – the Indian Premier League.
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