Suresh Raina has been dropped from the playing XI against Delhi Capitals and Robin Uthappa will be making his debut for the franchise. The veteran batsman was roped in by the side in IPL 2020 and had to wait for over a year to make his debut for the franchise. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni explained the reason behind dropping Raina from the playing XI.
Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant who is celebrating his 24th birthday today won the toss and elected to bowl first. He also explained the reason behind the importance of finishing in the top two.
” We will bowl first. The wicket might do a bit early, so better bowling first. We just need to focus on the basics, continue doing what we have been doing, want to finish in the top two. Ripal Patel is making his debut, Smith goes out. He’s a lower middle-order batsman who can bowl a few overs. Always great learning from him (MS Dhoni), but right now he’s a rival, so focus is on the game” said Pant.
Suresh Raina Sits Out With A Troubled Back
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni said at the toss that Suresh Raina has been rested for this game due to a back issue. He also spoke about Uthappa’s inclusion and the importance of finishing at the top two.
“We were looking to bat first, but we were not 100% sure, the wicket seems to be tacky. Got a few changes – Sam is out, Bravo is back, Chahar replaces Asif and Robin Uthappa replaces Suresh Raina, who has a back issue. We are trying to rest players who have some niggles, top-two is important, if you have a bad day in the qualifiers, you have another chance to make a comeback” said MSD.
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Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w/c), Ripal Patel, Axar Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood