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IPL 2024 Preview – CSK: “There is a leader!” Will this be Dhoni’s last proud season?

“I don’t know if there is a better time to retire. People have showered me with so much love. It’s easy to thank them and walk away. But I will work hard for their love and try to play one more season,” Dhoni said after Jadeja’s last-ball four in the final against Gujarat in Chennai’s title win last season. These are the ones that spoke.

Chennai Super Kings – CSK

The reason why fans and CSK players alike are so obsessed with the last season is the assumption that it will be Dhoni’s last season! That is why the fans stormed the stadium. They had sacrificed their lives for Dhoni of the other players of the Chennai team. Since Dhoni is going to play this season too, he has to do everything he did last time in repeat mode. If we want to give Dhoni a proper farewell, we have to win the trophy like last time. Is CSK ready for that?

“I want to play my last match in Chennai!” – This is what Dhoni said while winning the trophy in the 2021 season.

The next two seasons did not get that chance. Not so this time. Last time Chennai team was the champion so the final match will be held in Chennai. Dhoni has the advantage of getting the perfect farewell stage as expected. For that, the Chennai team should qualify for the finals. However, there is a high chance that the final match will be held in Chennai. However, the final could be Dhoni’s perfect tribute.


Another Dhoni-centric season, so let’s start with Dhoni. Dhoni sees himself only as a captain. He thinks that doing that one job properly is enough. He comes into the field in the last over only for fans’ liking. It doesn’t look like there will be any change this season. Likewise, there will not be much criticism of Dhoni’s captaincy.

He is still the best captain. He is going to toss the 2k kit face-to-face with the kill. It is doubtful if there is a captain who can last for so many years in the IPL series.


Dhoni had injured his knee last time. Even though it was a little difficult, he did the keeping well. This time Dhoni will be keeping. Dhoni will be determined to complete the task well throughout the series despite the difficulties.

Last season, Ruthuraju and Conway were the main reason for Chennai team’s success. This combination is amazing in right left combination. Conway had scored 672 runs. Ruthuraj had scored 590 runs.


They scored most of the runs for the team. This alliance is now broken. Conway is injured. His fitness will be known only in the second half of the season. Dhoni wants to have some momentum in the opening. Dhoni’s wishes were perfectly fulfilled by the combination of Rutheraj + Conway. Now to form a new alliance. That alliance should be set and give the team the momentum it needs. Rachin Ravindra has been picked up in a mini-auction to replace Conway.

Ruturaj & Conway

Rachin scored 578 runs in the recent ODI World Cup in India. He can also throw the ball. Therefore, there is a high possibility that Rachin will be Dhoni’s first choice when considering Conway.

Maybe if Rachin doesn’t perform well or there is a problem in the overseas slot, Rahane is also more likely to be the opener. Rahane had shown a streak that defied his temperament last season. He had scored 326 runs at a strike rate of 172. No matter where the opening No. 3 lands, Rahane will have to play the same dynamic game.

Shivam Dubey was the big surprise last time. He was amazing by flying huge sixes. He scored 418 runs at a strike rate of 158. Dube, who flies spinners from a standing position without moving his legs too much, should be exposed this time. Jadeja finisher, match winner! Also, his bowling will be important in the 7 matches to be held in Chepauk. Jadeja, who took 20 wickets last time, will have to throw the sword faster for Dhoni this time.

Jadeja Family

In batting, the Chennai team will throw hearts. But, the bowling was a bit modest last time. The bowling unit itself lacked experience. Deepak Sahar also missed some matches due to injury due to drug addiction. Even after his recovery, he was not in his old form. Tusshar Deshpande took 21 wickets but his economy was around 10. He was giving away runs like sand lorries without counting.

Pathirana was also inexperienced but Dhoni kept him somewhat under control by advising him with every ball. Now he is also injured. He was out in the middle of the series against Bangladesh. No wonder he missed the first few matches. Deepak Sahar should return to his old form. A couple of wickets should be taken regularly in the powerplays.

After a few seasons out in between, Shardul Thakur is set to don the yellow jersey again. Ranjib is in Khushi who made Mumbai win the tournament. He is a run-scorer but a wicket-taking bowler. Breaks alliances well.

Shardul Thakur

If he is in good rhythm, he will become the most important reason for Chennai team’s success. Left-arm fast bowler Mukesh Chaudhary is also with them. He should also show his variety when given the opportunity. Mahesh Deeksana needs to bowl with more flair than last season. Catches must be made regularly.

Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell may be available in the XI depending on the overseas slot. Both may get chances in different matches. Only the one who takes advantage of the opportunity can stay in the team.


Ahead of the Chennai team is the Himalayan challenge. They must win for their leader. They have registered a great success last time. The fans want the Chennai team to gift Dhoni with a victory that goes beyond that this time. Let’s wait and see what happens.

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