TATA IPL 2024: 5 Best Opening Pairs Of CSK In History Of IPL

TATA IPL 2024: Chennai Super Kings will take on the team of Delhi Capitals in tomorrow's match in the TATA IPL 2024 season and that match will not be played at CSK’s fortress venue. Before that encounter starts, in this segment, today we will see the five best opening pairs of the team of Chennai Super Kings in the history of the Indian Premier League.
TATA IPL 2024: CSK Will Take On DC Tomorrow At Vizag.
TATA IPL 2024: CSK Will Take On DC Tomorrow At Vizag.

TATA IPL 2024: In the TATA IPL 2024 season, Chennai Super Kings have won two in two matches till now and their third match of this season will be played against the team of Delhi Capitals tomorrow.

However, tomorrow’s match will not be played at the fortress venue of the Yellow Army, where they won the starting matches of this edition.

But this match will be played at Delhi Capitals home ground, which will be a new stadium for them as well. Tomorrow’s encounter between Delhi Capitals Vs Chennai Super Kings will be played at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. The match will start at 7.30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).

Yesterday, Royal Challengers Bengaluru became the first team in the TATA IPL 2024 season to lose a match on their home ground. Before the match between RCB Vs KKR, no team had lost a match at home.

CSK can take inspiration from that record and stick to the number one position on the points table.

While DC will look to make some personal changes to grab that one point which could open their account in this edition of the Indian Premier League 2024 season. Delhi is on eight spots currently and they have faced two losses.

As we all know that, openers play a vital role in the game of cricket and in all three forms of this gentlemen’s game. So today in this segment, let us see the five best opening pairs of Chennai Super Kings in the history of the Indian Premier League.

1. Murali Vijay and Mike Hussey

Hussey And Vijay
Hussey And Vijay Image Source - SUKUMAR/AFP/GettyImages

Chennai Super Kings team has been blessed with quality opening batsmen in the IPL and that is why they are also the successful team of this cash-rich league tournament.

Before Gaikwad and Conway, Vijay and Hussey held the record of being the most successful opening pair for CSK. Murali and Mike were part of the playing XI when CSK won the titles in 2010 and 2011.  

CSK was the first team to defend their IPL crown in the IPL history when Vijay and Hussey were their opening batters. Mumbai Indians became the second team to achieve this similar feat in the 2020 season of the IPL.

In their IPL stint, Mike Hussey and Murali Vijay had shared two-century partnerships as the Yellow Army openers.

2. Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith

Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith
Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith Image Source - BCCI

This opening pair came after the settled pair of above mentioned Murali Vijay and Mike Hussey. The two overseas star batters were part of the CSK franchise in the 2014 and 2015 seasons of the IPL. This was termed as the most destructive pair in the cricketing history.

The New Zealand and West Indian opening duo, Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith, had shared two century stands for the Yellow Army during their stint in this cash-rich league tournament called the Indian Premier League.

3. Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson

Watto And Faf
Watto And Faf Image Source - BCCI

The veteran all-rounder from Australia, Shane Watson and the current skipper of the Royal Challengers Bengaluru, Faf du Plessis were the opening batters of the CSK side when they had a disastrous season of IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates.

Faf and Shane had also shared two hundred run opening partnerships for CSK and one of those partnership was a record-breaking one. CSK chased down 179 runs against Punjab Kings side and they were the only team to win in Dubai, that too while chasing.

4. Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad

Rutu And Faf
Rutu And Faf Image Source - ANI Photo

Gaikwad is now the skipper of Chennai Super Kings in TATA IPL 2024 season. Ruturaj has been mentioned again in this list and he has been paired with RCB skipper Faf du Plessis, when these two openers played for the Yellow Army.

But now Faf has moved to RCB and he is their skipper of that side. While Rutu still plays for Chennai Super Kings even now. These two opening batters were part of the 2021 season when CSK lifted their fourth trophy. Faf and Rutu have shared two-century partnerships as well for CSK.

5. Ruturaj Gaikwad And Devon Conway

Conway And Gaikwad
Conway And Gaikwad

After Faf du Plessis went to RCB, Devon Conway was the next opening batter for CSK and a partner of Ruturaj Gaikwad. But sadly, the player from New Zealand will miss the most matches in the TATA IPL 2024 season because Conway has been injured.

Still, the Super Kings has done a good job until now because their new opener, Rachin Ravindra has been superb for the Yellow Army in the two matches played till now.

The Kiwi spin bowling all-rounder, Ravindra has replaced his teammate Conway quite well.

Conway and Rutu have shared the most century partnerships at the top order in the history of the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings.

These two opening batsmen of the Yellow Army have shared 3 opening stands which is the most in this cash-rich league tournament.

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