Dhoni hopeful of Raina return, will Drakes debut?


CSK Playing XI vs DC: MS Dhoni and Co. sweat over Suresh Raina’s fitness, will Dominic Drakes make his debut?
CSK Playing XI vs DC: MS Dhoni and Co. sweat over Suresh Raina’s fitness, will Dominic Drakes make his debut?

CSK Playing XI vs DC: Dhoni sweats over Raina’s fitness, Drakes to debut? – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will have their backs against the wall as they look to turn the tide of recent results when they face the Delhi Capitals (DC) in Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2021 playoffs. MS Dhoni and Co. have lost their last four games vs DC and will need to muster some strength to counter Delhi’s stronghold. MS Dhoni’s concerns are worsened by the injury to Suresh Raina, and it remains to be seen whether the “China Thala” will make it to the team.  Follow all DC vs CSK updates on Insidesport.in 

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CSK Playing XI vs DC: MS Dhoni and Co. sweat over Raina’s fitness, will Drakes make his debut?

DC vs CSK- Qualifier 1: Chennai Super Kings have lost form at the key moment, having lost their last three games heading into the Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2021 Playoffs. CSK’s batting has struggled, with their middle-order seemingly struggling to keep up with the truckload of runs their openers get them. The absence of Raina, despite his own patchy form, has hurt CSK, and MS Dhoni will hope that he can have his trusted lieutenant back to the XI for the game. Head coach Stephen Fleming has maintained silence over Raina’s update, stating that is still uncertain that the left-haner returns from a knee injury. 

Robin Uthappa has replaced Raina in the XI, but hasn’t had much of an impact on the games he has played so far. Dhoni will likely continue with the veteran wicket-keeper, despite the availability of N Jagadeesan, who was in fine form in the TNPL 2021, right before the IPL season. 

The other option could see Dhoni boost his all-round options, with potentially new acquisition Dominic Drakes coming in for Josh Hazlewood. The Australian has been impressive but was taken for runs in the last two games, while Drakes provides much-needed firepower with both bat and ball. Drakes, who replaced the injured Sam Curran, is in fine form, and starred in the CPL final, helping Dwayne Bravo’s side seal the title. 

CSK Playing XI vs DC: MS Dhoni and Co. sweat over Raina’s fitness, will Drakes make his debut?

  • CSK have the best set of openers with both Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis in the race for the Orange Cap. 
  • Ambati Rayudu has chipped in with valuable contributions, but Moeen Ali, MS Dhoni and Robin Uthappa have all struggled in the UAE.
  • Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo take up the finisher’s role and have done decently well in the chances they got and will be key to CSK’s chances vs DC. 
  • Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur are nailed on to start, and it remains to be seen whether MS Dhoni bites the bullet and brings Dominic Drakes to the side. 

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DC vs CSK  – Qualifier 1: MS Dhoni and Co. sweat over Raina’s fitness, will Drakes make his debut?

CSK Playing XI vs DC: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa/Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Dominic Drakes/ Josh Hazlewood. 



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