IPL 2022 will start off with 2021 finalists (CSK and KKR) playing against each other at Wankhade Stadium, Mumbai. Chennai vs Kolkata has been an under-rated rivalry in IPL despite the intense rivalry these two teams had over the years when compared to CSK vs MI (or), CSK vs RCB. Both new skippers Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer are in form of their life. Shreyas Iyer will love to carry his form from where he left in T20I series against Sri Lanka while Ravindra Jadeja also looked very impressive in the recently concluded Test and T20I series against the Lankans.
Kolkata hopes will majorly rely on one of the players like Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana and Andre Russell to perform above their weight, while CSK also have solid batters like Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu respectively while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is expected to be the Most Valuable Player of CSK in this IPL edition. Mystery spinners like Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy has troubled the main man MS Dhoni many times and these two will be key for Kolkata to restrict Chennai to a low total.
Let’s have a look at some of the numbers and stats before start of CSK vs KKR game:
Among current players
Most runs for CSK vs KKR in IPL: MS Dhoni (442)
Most wickets for CSK vs KKR in IPL: Ravindra Jadeja (16)
Most runs for KKR vs CSK in IPL: Andre Russell (284)
Most wickets for KKR vs CSK in IPL: Sunil Narine (20)
3 – Varun Chakravarthy has dismissed MS Dhoni in all 3 innings that he has faced in the IPL so far.
MS Dhoni vs Varun Chakravarthy in IPL
4 – Dwayne Bravo needs 4 more wickets to surpass Lasith Malinga and become the highest wicket taker in IPL history.
Most wickets in IPL:
Lasith Malinga – 170
Dwayne Bravo – 167
Amit Mishra – 166
5 – Ravindra Jadeja has smashed 111 runs at a terrific strike rate of 246.67 in the last 5 innings against KKR.
Ravindra Jadeja in the last five innings against KKR in IPL:
22(8) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (2021)
6*(1) at Wankhade Stadium, Mumbai (2021)
31*(11) at Dubai International Stadium (2020)
21*(8) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (2020)
31*(17) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (2019)
6 – Shreyas Iyer will be 6th player to captain KKR in IPL after Sourav Ganguly (2008 & 2010), Brendon McCullum (2009), Gautam Gambhir (2011-2017), Dinesh Karthik (2018-2020) & Eoin Morgan (2020-2021).
25 – Robin Uthappa needs 25 more runs to surpass MS Dhoni in IPL. Although MS Dhoni might also play in the match but Dhoni might bat below the order thus Uthappa has a chance of going past Dhoni.
200 – Ravindra Jadeja will captain the side in IPL after playing 200 matches.
Most matches played in IPL before captaining a franchise:
Ravindra Jadeja – 200
Manish Pandey – 153
Kieron Pollard – 137
Ravichandran Ashwin – 111
Sanju Samson – 107
Ravindra Jadeja will be the first player to lead a franchise in IPL for 1st time after playing 200 matches.
1000 – Dwayne Bravo needs 19 more runs to smash 1000 runs for CSK in IPL while Sunil Narine needs 46 more runs to complete 1000 runs in IPL.
4000 – Ajinkya Rahane needs 59 more runs to complete 4000 runs in IPL.