The IPL 2021, the longest season of the Indian Premier League played over 7 months due to Covid-19 Pandemic. Finally, the finale of this season will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings on Friday ( 15 October ) on the occasion of Dussehra in Dubai. While MS Dhoni-led CSK will eye on their 4th IPL title and Kolkata will hope to repeat of 2014 IPL final.
MS Dhoni’s Super Kings:
Chennai Super Kings looks stable in their playing XI. The Opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis are outstanding. CSK batting lineup will revolve around Ruturaj Gaikwad. Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Raydu, Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja strengthen the CSK batting lineup. Robin Uthappa replaces Suresh Raina in the last matches also play an impressive knock against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1. MS Dhoni bat is quite silent in the IPL 2021 but his bat make his wings when CSK need a winning shot. In Qualifier 1 Thala Dhoni finishes off in style with his four.
The bowling department of CSK is also pretty well. In the form of Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja they attack with the bat and ball. Josh Hazlewood understands the pressure situation well. Deepak Chahar is also good with his pace attack.
Eoin Morgan’s Knight Riders:
Kolkata Knight Riders opening batsman Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer are quite good in the last matches. Iyer who smashes his 3rd IPL fifty of this season, look very impressive with the bat. Middle-order with Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik. All batters in the middle order and lower order have come good for KKR at some point in the tournament.
Eoin Morgan form creates tension for Kolkata Knight Riders. As he falls for 0 many times. KKR chief mentor David Hussey had indicated that all-rounder Andre Russell could be fit for the IPL final against CSK. Many believe that Russell should replace Eoin Morgan. But Morgan leadership has stood the test of time as he has marshalled his available resources well.
Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi pace attack. And Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine all-around performance with bat and ball strengthen KKR.
IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings playing XI:
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Raydu, Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni ( WK/ C), Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo, Josh Hazlewood.
IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders playing XI:
Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan ( C), Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik ( WK), Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy.