IPL 2024: It's a clash of superstars more than franchises, says Manjrekar on CSK v RCB opener

On February 22, it was announced that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings will go against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the IPL 2024 at the M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar believes it’s a clash of superstars and not just franchises.

In an exclusive interview with Star Sports, Manjrekar expressed his thoughts on the upcoming tournament opener. He mentioned, “I think the champion’s team should play the first match, and CSK deservingly are in the first game. Ideally, it should have been last year’s finalist who should have played against them but I think there is a good reason to have this opener. Because what you are seeing now is a clash of the superstars, more than the franchises, it’s Dhoni versus Virat, isn’t it?”

Manjrekar also shared his views on the CSK squad and the impact of Dhoni on the team. He said, “Absolutely, just as there is a preamble to the tournament, that happens in the auction, the mini-auction that just happened, once again, such smart buys by CSK, they’ve got Darryl Mitchell now in the team, and I think that’s going to make a huge difference. And MS Dhoni will do his thing, he’ll show us that captaincy that has such a huge impact just like last season.”

Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer also commented on the big clash on Sunday, March 24, between Gujarat Giants and Mumbai Indians. He called it a fixture to look forward to and highlighted the significance for Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya. He said, “It will be the first game for Shubman Gill as the captain of Gujarat Titans. And for Mumbai, Hardik (Pandya) is coming back and leading so it will be mixed emotions for Mumbai Indians fans. We can expect that it will be a full house that day with almost 120,000 people, that’s a fixture to look forward to.”

Jaffer also shared his predictions about the match, stating, “I think Hardik Pandya will look to get this out straight away, and if he gets one win he will set an example of how he’s leading by example. He will be looking to stamp his authority in the game.”

The opening match of IPL 2024 promises to be an exciting clash between two powerhouse teams, setting the stage for an action-packed season ahead. The fans can definitely look forward to witnessing some intense battles between the star-studded line-ups of CSK, RCB, Gujarat Titans, and Mumbai Indians.