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IPL: How Men in Yellow may lineup in the tournament opener

Prattay Khan
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The men in yellow are all set to make a comeback at the Indian Premier League after they were restrained from playing the last two seasons. Their return is certainly going to make this year's IPL more fascinating than the last one, and the best part is that they have got back their legendary skipper M.S. Dhoni. Except for a few changes, the squad is mostly similar to the squad which played in IPL 2015.

The Chennai Super Kings possess a massive fan following not only in India but around the globe, and the viewership in this year's IPL is anticipated mounting as compared to the preceding two years because of their comeback.

This year they didn't manage to reclaim Ravichandran Ashwin in their squad as Kings XI Punjab went past CSK's bid, and they'll undoubtedly miss his services. The absence of Mitchell Santner from this year's IPL owing to the knee injury will also be a bit of a blow for the men in yellow considering his recent form. Apart from the probable playing eleven the, bench strength also looks up to scratch with a blend of youth and experience.

Until now in their 8 IPL seasons, they have absolutely dominated proceedings and went on to win two IPL titles. Not only the IPL titles, they never failed to make it to the playoffs in the 8 years and made it to the finals on 6 occasions. This year their fans will be hoping for the same from Dhoni and his boys, and they'll be up on their feet cheering for their team.

CSK"s probable XI in IPL, 2018 are:-

#1 Faf du Plessis

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The South African skipper is all set to open the innings for the CSK this season. He has been in magnificent touch off-late and will be looking forward to making full use of the first six overs of field restrictions.

This won't be the first time he'll be opening the innings for the men in yellow as he used to do it on a consistent basis before the suspension of the franchise.

#2 Murali Vijay

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Murali Vijay is anticipated partnering Faf du Plessis up front. India's established opening batsman in the longest format of the game is quite handy with the bat in the shortest format of the game as well. He can strike the ball quite a distance and can turn the tide if he gets his eye in. He has been a bankable opener for the CSK and will endeavour to achieve the same in this season as well.

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