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Rohit Sharma; Aakash Chopra; Babar Azam

'It is over for them. They won't qualify': Aakash Chopra predicts WTC Finalists; says it 'won't be easy' for Team India

Former India opener Aakash Chopra analysed the chances of all sides for a qualification in the final of the World Test Championship.

Chennai Super Kings' Ruturaj Gaikwad plays a shot

CSK's Ruturaj Gaikwad joins McCullum, Hussey with incredible 92-run knock in IPL 2023 opener vs GT

Gaikwad's nine sixes were the second most by a CSK batter in an innings in IPL. The other batters to have hit nine sixes in an innings for CSK are Robin Uthappa vs RCB in 2022, Brendon McCullum vs SRH in 2015 and Michael Hussey vs PBKS in 2008. Murali Vijay holds the record for hittng most sixes for CSK in an innings. He had hit 11 against RR in 2010.

MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni joins Gayle, AB, Virat Kohli in magnificent IPL list after mammoth six in GT vs CSK opener

Dhoni smashed a colossal six in the final over of the innings against Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2023 opener.

Ravi Shastri; Hardik Pandya with MS Dhoni

Watch: Ravi Shastri says 'Gujarat Giants' in mega blunder at IPL 2023 opener; Hardik's unsettling reaction sums it up

Ravi Shastri accidentally mispronounced Gujarat Titans' team name and the side's captain, Hardik Pandya, couldn't suppress giving a reaction.

Mohammed Shami became the 15th Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets in IPL.

Watch: Mohammed Shami's two-stump shattering scorcher makes his 100th IPL wicket memorable in GT vs CSK opener

The IPL 2023 is underway with defending champions Gujarat Titans bowling against Chennai Super Kings, and Mohammed Shami provided a rip-roaring start by picking up his 100th and the first wicket of the season. Bowling his second over of the innings coming round the wicket, Shami sent it a scorching rocket that bamboozled Devon Conway and left his stumps a royal mess.

Gujarat Titans' Captain Hardik Pandya and Chennai Super Kings' Captain Mahendra Sinh Dhoni, right, walk to the field before the inauguration of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 in Ahmedabad, India, Friday, March 31, 2023. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Hardik Pandya's 'everyone in the country…' remark on MS Dhoni at GT vs CSK toss sends crowd into frenzy

After winning the toss and opting to bowl against Chennai Super Kings, GT captain Hardik Pandya said Dhoni has been an inspiration and motivation for almost everyone in India.

MS Dhoni; Arijit Singh

Watch: Crowd goes downright berserk as MS Dhoni grooves to Arijit Singh's song in breathtaking IPL 2023 opening ceremony

Arijit Singh performed in the opening ceremony of the 2023 Indian Premier League ahead of the season's first match between GT vs CSK.

Imran Khan (L); MS Dhoni with Hardik Pandya

'If India doesn't allow Pakistan to play in IPL...': Imran Khan's bombshell claims fuel fire to BCCI vs PCB tussle

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan launched a brutal attack on BCCI as he talked about its ongoing tussle with the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Jasprit Bumrah

Mumbai Indians confirm Jasprit Bumrah's replacement, sign ex-RCB pacer for INR 50 lakh ahead of IPL 2023

The Mumbai Indians confirmed the replacement of Jasprit Bumrah ahead of 2023 Indian Premier League season on Friday.

Rishabh Pant's IPL 2023 replacement has been officially named by Delhi Capitals.

Delhi Capitals officially announce replacement for Rishabh Pant in IPL 2023

Delhi Capitals have finally ended the suspense around Rishabh Pant's replacement for IPL 2023, naming 20-year-old Abhishek Porel as the newest addition in their squad.

Hardik Pandya (L) with Ashish Nehra

'In an ideal world, Hardik should...': AB de Villiers' groundbreaking message to Pandya hours before GT vs CSK

Hardik Pandya's Gujarat Titans will meet Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the 2023 Indian Premier League.

RCB's replacement player Michael Bracewell lit up the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Watch: RCB's replacement player smokes 7 sixes, belts 105 not out in intra-squad match ahead of MI IPL 2023 clash

In order to prepare for their opening match of the IPL 2023 against Mumbai Indians on Sunday, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have hit the ground running. The players were divided into two teams, one lead by captain Faf du Plessis and the other by Suyash Prabhudesai in RCB's first intra-squad match the season.

MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are expected to light up Friday evening.

'Hardik Pandya just like MS Dhoni' says Kumble, Zaheer Khan picks 'Jodi No. 1' before GT vs CSK IPL 2023 tie

The blockbuster opening match of the IPL 2023 pits two captains who have a lot of history together – MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. The title mentor vs mentee has headlined several media outlets as part of the build-up to the IPL opener between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings. It was in 2016, that a young Hardik made his India debut under Dhoni, and today, seven years later is being looked up as the next limited-overs captain for India, while MSD gets ready for his swansong.

Ben Stokes and MS Dhoni together for CSK is going to be a sight to behold.

'I know you're not new but...': MS Dhoni to Ben Stokes in front of N Srinivasan before CSK vs GT IPL 2023 opener

In MS Dhoni and Ben Stokes, Chennai Super Kings have the present and future of the IPL. With Dhoni already 41 years of age, it is no surprise that Stokes is the man to usher CSK into the future. It is still not known if IPL 2023 is Dhoni's last season but if it is, CSK's future is in great hands with Stokes.

Ravindra Jadeja will be a key player for CSK in IPL 2023.

Harbhajan Singh drops humongous statement on Ravindra Jadeja ahead of CSK vs GT IPL 2023 opener

Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja's former India and CSK teammate, expects a huge promotion for the all-rounder in IPL 2023.

Ahmedabad witnessed heavy rainfall on Thursday evening.

GT vs CSK IPL 2023 weather report update: Storm, heavy rain lash Ahmedabad on match eve; blockbuster opener in doubt?

Just as everyone was excited for the opening match of the IPL 2023 between defending champions Gujarat Titans and four-time winners Chennai Super Kings on Friday, the weather in Ahmedabad changed for the worse. On the eve of the match, the skies opened up lash the city with some heavy rainfall, accompanied by a storm. Angry, dark rain clouds gathered over the city and what started off as a drizzle enough to call off the practice sessions of both teams, it soon turned into a heavy rainfall.

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