Roasting Chennai Super Kings – RR vs CSK Preview

Roasting Chennai Super Kings – RR vs CSK Preview

It’s been over a year since I watched a game in the stadium. A year and 5 months to be precise. But today, in the RR vs CSK clash, that will change. No, I won’t go to UAE, UAE will come to me. Okay that was cringe but I am part of the virtual fan wall for the Rajasthan Royals this season! This is because of the Super Royals initiative that I was selected for. I’m really very thankful to RR for picking me for this, and to Star Sports for putting together such a unique idea. It promises to be an experience like no other. Plus, I’m going to be on TV because of it! I’ve made it, y’all.

Let’s talk about today’s game. Look, you can’t expect an unbiased analysis from me when one of the teams, on top of being my favourite and hometown team, has given me not just one, but so many opportunities of a lifetime! I mean, they’ve featured me in many of their videos, they’ve let me talk to Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal over Google Meet, and they’ve given me preference over millions of other fans to take part in the virtual fan wall. So, I’m definitely going to be biased today, and my goal for today, is not to provide the most accurate and fair analysis, but to convince everyone reading that RR is superior to CSK. Let’s do this. Welcome to the roast of CSK.

Chennai Super Kings

  1. Shane Watson*
  2. Murali Vijay
  3. Faf Du Plessis*
  4. Ambati Rayudu
  5. Ravindra Jadeja
  6. Sam Curran*
  7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c)
  8. Kedar Jadhav
  9. Piyush Chawla
  10. Deepak Chahar
  11. Lungi Ngidi*

Yeah thats’s right. Exactly the same playing XI as the last game. Because MS Dhoni has so much faith in his players that he nevr changes a winning team combination, even if it means that a pure specialist batsman is batting at No.8! This team is so imbalanced that even a see-saw with    Mohammad Shahzad on one side and Yuzi Chahal on the other, will be more balanced than this team. They have only 5 bowling options! Like whaaat! What if one of those 5 gets injured, captain cool? And they are more prone to injury since, well, you know, they’re all at the age of retirement… This is a team, who has made last season’s purple cap winner sit out! On UAE pitches! A spinner!

Shane Watson Rant (I just had to get this out of me)

The only good innings Watson played in all of 2019

 I have no idea what their team management was doing when they said – “Oh sure, let’s play a 40 year old all-rounder except he’s not really an all-rounder anymore because he can’t bowl anymore so we will have only 5 bowling options but that’s okay, he played one good innings last year, and one good innings the year before that, and he acted irresponsibly when he was injured and continued playing which could’ve caused deeper injury but of course he didn’t think about that, so he’s the perfect player for us”. In case you haven’t figured out who that rant was about, it’s Shane Watson, the player who the Rajasthan Royals supported for so long, and only let go because of the circumstances. And how does he repay them? By going around bad-mouthing their team selection and talking up how much better CSK is. Dude, first of all, they kept picking you only because their team has no depth, not because they had so much faith in you or things like that. And secondly, you’ve played 2 good innings for them in 2 years, get over yourself for god’s sake.

 This CSK team is so old, that the team gets pensions from the government. Which their owner’s son-in-law proceeds to throw away while betting on their games. In conclusion, this CSK team is the worst thing that ever happened to mankind (only when they’re playing against RR, though).

Rajasthan Royals

  1. Yashasvi Jaiswal
  2. Robbie Uthappa
  3. Steve Smith* (c)
  4. Sanju Samson
  5. Riyan Parag
  6. David Miller*
  7. Tom Curran*
  8. Shreyas Gopal
  9. Jofra Archer*
  10. Jaydev Unadkat
  11. Mayank Markande/Kartik Tyagi

This team looks fantastic. Buttler’s absence for the first game might actually be a blessing in disguise, because it gives RR a chance to play both Yashasvi and Robbie, and figure out who should continue as the opener once Buttler does join the team. I am personally rooting for Yashasvi to do well today. His performances in the U-19 World Cup were simply mind-boggling, probably the best ever in history. We all know he deserves a spot in the side, but he has to justify it with a solid performance today.  The onus will be on Steve Smith and Sanju Samson to keep things steady in the middle order. Riyan Parag, the Assamese youngster will be itching to get another opportunity to do his Bihu dance celebration today, and he should if he sticks to his strong points. There will also be a bit of a battle between David Miller and Tom Curran, regarding who will stick around in the XI even after Buttler returns. I think it’s Miller’s place to lose though, because RR really needs that specialist finisher, while the role Curran plays can be replaced by Rahul Tewatia or Ankit Rajpoot without too much trouble.

The young superstar Yashasvi Jaiswal will be looking to make ripples in his IPL debut today. Credits : Rajasthan Royals

 Shreyas Gopal will have to carry RR’s spin department, and I feel that he will do so exceptionally well. After a 2019 season with 20 wickets, he will hope to do even better his time with the UAE pitches being his greatest ally. This Sharjah pitch of today’s game however, will support his teammate Jofra Archer more. Jof is coming back from a hectic English summer where he blew hot and blew cold. But there’s no denying that he is one of the world’s very best at what he does. So, as long as Jof is bowling the death overs, RR will have no problems there. Then they have Jaydev Unadkat, who has infamously, not performed well for RR in the past. But this time, he is coming off of the best Ranji season by a bowler in history! He got the record for the most wickets in one season, while also leading his side to a Ranji Trophy victory! I would say that’s enough to get a place in the side, at least. And lastly, they have the young trickster Mayank Markande. I have a feeling though, that on the Sharjah pitch they might give a nod ahead to Kartik Tyagi. Kartik is the bowler version of Yashasvi. He can really shine this season if given regular chances, but in this RR team loaded with stars, that might be a little tough. Let’s see what the future has in store for this bright kid. In conclusion, this RR team is the best thing that’s ever happened to mankind (against all teams).

Prediction

I mean, do you even need to ask? If you read even a little of the blog, you know what I’m going to say.

My Prediction Counter – 2-1

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