IPL 2024: Top 5 Players To Watch Out For During CSK vs RCB Matches

The 17th edition of the Indian Premier League begins on March 22 with an exciting clash between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Led by the legendary MS Dhoni, CSK aims to start their season strongly. On the other hand, RCB, captained by Faf du Plessis, is eager to recover from a disappointing 2023 season. Here are five players worth keeping an eye on as we approach the opening game.

Keep an eye on these five players during the CSK vs RCB matches:

5. Matheesha Pathirana

In the 2023 IPL season, Matheesha Pathirana stood out, catching Chennai’s eye with his impressive skills. He managed to grab 19 wickets in 12 matches, keeping a steady economy rate of 8.00. His outstanding play greatly contributed to Chennai winning their fifth title. Pathirana continued his excellent form in international cricket, leading Sri Lanka’s bowling and taking eight wickets in a T20 series against Afghanistan.

4. Lockie Ferguson

New Zealand’s fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has signed up with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the 2024 IPL season, agreeing to a contract worth INR 2 crore. Having played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) before, he aims to make a big impact this time around. He’s eager to demonstrate his excellent skills in the upcoming matches, following his recent strong performances.

3. Daryl Mitchell

CSK’s acquisition of Daryl Mitchell for a massive INR 14 crore is set to transform the team’s prospects in IPL 2024. Mitchell’s stellar performances in the T20I series against Pakistan have positioned him to strengthen the middle order and lead CSK to victory with his exceptional batting abilities.

2. Ruturaj Gaikwad

Ruturaj Gaikwad has proven to be a key player for CSK, showcasing impressive batting skills that have greatly contributed to Chennai’s recent championship victories. As the 2024 season approaches, CSK is counting on him to lead the team to another successful defense of their title. Gaikwad’s excellent performances in T20 cricket for India have raised expectations even further for what he can achieve in the upcoming season.

1. Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell showed great potential during the 2023 IPL, and RCB expects him to regularly produce game-changing performances. With two centuries in his last 10 T20Is for Australia, the team has high hopes for him. In the upcoming match against CSK, Maxwell’s diverse skills will be vital for securing a win for his side.

Here’s the format table that displays players’ records and stats:

Players Mat Inn Runs HS Ave SR 100s 50s
1. Glenn Maxwell 138 127 3895 201* 35.4 126.9 4 23
2. Ruturaj Gaikwad 6 6 115 71 19.2 73.2 0 1
3. Daryl Mitchell 39 35 1577 134 52.6 98.1 6 5
4. Lockie Ferguson 65 64 3124 31.6 33.3
5. Matheesha Pathirana 12 12 616 36.2 29.9

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