Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will once again face southern rivals Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the experts are anticipating a mouth-watering contest.
In what would be a test by fire, the RCB will take on the CSK for the second chapter of the ‘Southern derby’ this season in a desperate bid to keep their campaign afloat. Despite a great start to the tournament, RCB slipped to three consecutive defeats.
CSK will be brimming with confidence as their seasoned skipper MS Dhoni is back at the helm of affairs after the team’s abysmal run in the season under Ravindra Jadeja. Dhoni eked out a fine win in his very first game as skipper this season, after Jadeja relinquished captaincy.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar believes CSK have a lot of catching up to do, but the defending champions can still make a turnaround and qualify for the playoffs.
Speaking on ‘Cricket Live’ on Star Sports, Gavaskar said, “They have a lot of catching up to do but they are a team that knows how to make a comeback. But they need to turn it around quickly.
“We saw what happened with KKR last year. When the tournament was being held in India, KKR were nowhere in the picture but in the UAE they won just about everything and went into the finals. So things can turn around in a jiffy in this tournament,” he added.
Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif opined that this week is going to be an interesting one.
“No team can afford to take others lightly. Any team is capable of beating anyone. Each team will try its best to get those two crucial points. It’s time for the big players to show their mettle and take their team forward,” Kaif said.