CSK’s Home Advantage in Doubt: Ex-CSK Star’s Bold Assertion Ahead of IPL 2024

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As the IPL 2024 schedule unfolds, former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batter Abhinav Mukund has made a striking statement, suggesting that the iconic Chepauk Stadium is no longer a formidable stronghold for MS Dhoni and his team. Mukund, who represented CSK from 2008 to 2012, expressed his views, emphasizing that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) could pose a significant challenge in the season opener, despite backing CSK to emerge victorious.

Reflecting on the historic rivalry between CSK and RCB, Mukund noted the close encounters between the two teams at Chepauk, which have left indelible memories for fans. He acknowledged the changing dynamics of the pitch conditions, highlighting that CSK suffered defeats to Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at home last year, despite clinching the title. However, he maintained that CSK’s formidable spin arsenal could still give them the edge in familiar conditions.

The changing nature of pitches at Chepauk has altered the dynamics. CSK’s stronghold seems to have weakened, although their spinners provide a strong advantage,” Mukund remarked in an interview with Jio Cinema.

The IPL 2024 schedule unveiled the first two weeks and 21 matches, with CSK set to play two fixtures at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Among their upcoming home clashes, a rematch of last year’s final against Gujarat Titans awaits them on March 26.

Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar expressed confidence in MS Dhoni’s leadership prowess, foreseeing his impactful role in guiding the team.

MS Dhoni’s leadership will be instrumental once again. His ability to nurture and mold young talent into champions is unmatched,” Manjrekar commented during an interaction with Star Sports.

With anticipation building for another exhilarating IPL season, all eyes are on CSK as they navigate through potentially challenging encounters at their home ground.

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