IPL fever is back in town as the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings begin their title defence against the underachievers, Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.
With a number of new faces being recruited, the Kohli-led RCB enter yet another season with a sense of renewed hope amongst growing frustration. They couldn’t have asked for a more daunting task to start their tournament than an away fixture in Chepauk against the most successful team in IPL history.
Nevertheless, with the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, RCB pack a punch and would love to get one over Captain Cool and his men, who look solid as ever with minimal changes in the off-season.
Both teams look to start their respective seasons with a solid win, paving the way for an enthralling start to this year’s IPL, come March 23.
Squads to choose from:
Chennai Super Kings:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni(C), Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Kedhar Jadhav, Dhruv Shorey, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Billings, David Willey, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, Monu Kumar, KM Asif, Murali Vijay, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli(C), Parthiv Patel, Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh, Akshdeep Nath, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme, Shivam Dube, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Prayas Ray Barman, Heinrich Klaasen, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee, Nathan Coulter-Nile.