IPL 2024: Gujarat Titans’ TN factor can make it tough for Chennai Super Kings | Cricket News

Mar26,2024


Three Chennai players in Titans XI would like to prove themselves on 'home' ground
Chennai: If there is one IPL venue that Gujarat Titans can call their home away from home, it is the MA Chidambaram Stadium as they have a strong Tamil Nadu influence in their team.
The Titans Playing Pack consists of five TN members who know Chepauk Pitches like the backs of their palms.
The TN Group's 'local' knowledge will be worth its weight in gold when GT takes on defending champions Chennai Super Kings in a repeat of last year's final on Tuesday.

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The beauty of franchise cricket is such that the visiting Titans team will feature five 'locals', while the state's only IPL team, the Super Kings, has no one from the region.
B Sai Sudarshan, Vijay Shankar and R Sai Kishore are set to retain their places after registering a thrilling win over Mumbai Indians in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Sandeep Warrier is a last-minute replacement for middle-order hitters Shahrukh Khan and Mohammed Shami.
During GT's win against MI, left-armer Sai Sudarshan anchored his innings with a 'man of the match' performance and left-arm spinner Sai Kishore prevented the run-flow with his poor spells in the middle overs. Along with this, we also got the wicket of Rohit Sharma which started tilting the balance in favor of GT.

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CSK head coach Stephen Fleming admitted that the familiarity factor of the Tamil Nadu boys could boost the Titans' chances of success.
“It (local knowledge) can help. Certainly, in terms of the circumstances, it will be a home game for some players. But, yes, it is difficult to say,” Fleming said.
Shubman Gill's GT will, without a doubt, rely on its TN stars, but CSK would like to find themselves in a position where they have taught many visiting teams harsh lessons over the years.
The Ruturaj Gaikwad-led Super Kings will stick to their tried-and-tested template, as was the case with their comfortable win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener.

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A welcome boost will be the fact that their new overseas recruits Rachin Ravindra and Mustafizur Rahman – who were initially brought in as cover for Devon Conway and Mathisha Pathirana respectively – have adapted to life at CSK in no time.
Looking at the way Ravindra creamed the ball in the powerplay and left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur troubled the RCB batsmen, it seemed as if both of them had played their entire lives in Chennai.
Pathirana is available for selection
Another good news for CSK is that slinger Pathirana has been declared fit for the GT game and this has become a selection headache for the Super Kings think-tank.
After being sidelined with a hamstring injury during international duty, the Sri Lankan player joined the CSK camp on Saturday. “It's a good headache. Yes, he (Pathirana) is available for selection,” Fleming said.



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