Not Virat Kohli And Faf Du Plessis! Sunil Gavaskar Picks Best Opening Pair In IPL Right Now

Feb 9, 2024

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Indian cricket team's great batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes that Chennai Super Kings' pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway is the best opening pair in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the moment. Gavaskar praised the two batsmen who played a big role in leading CSK to a record-equalling fifth title and ranked them above the high-profile Royal Challengers Bangalore opening pair of Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli. In a recent conversation, Gavaskar praised Conway and Ruturaj and laid special emphasis on how they took the pressure off CSK's No. 4 and No. 5 batsmen.

“That's the advantage they've had over the years. All these years, they've always had batsmen at the top who can attack the opposition right from the first ball and then they've also got finishers,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports. ” ,

“I think their left- and right-handed opening combination of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway is probably the best opening pair in the IPL because they always gave good starts last year. So it takes a little bit of pressure off the players who come in at number Were No. 4 and No. 5,” said the great Indian batsman.

Gavaskar was impressed with the performances of Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 and made a big prediction about the MS Dhoni-led team. Gavaskar said that CSK's bowling was a bit lacking during IPL 2023 but with his inclusion, they have become stronger in that department.

“If you look at their purchases at the auction table, the aspects they had to strengthen, it seems their bowling was a bit lacking last year and also in batting they had to strengthen the middle order a bit after the retirement of Ambati Rayudu , they have done this.” Did all that. Gavaskar said on Star Sports, he has a good mix of youth and experience.

“So, I think CSK will definitely finish in the top four like always. You can't say 'definitely yes' to any team as a favourite. However, the way Chennai Super Kings have performed over the years, they have qualified in 12 out of the 16 editions. So this is likely to happen for the 13th time.”

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