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Indian top-order batter Ruturaj Gaikwad revealed when he got to know about replacing MS Dhoni as Chennai Super Kings captain. The 2024 season of the IPL is set to kick off with the 2023 champions taking on the Royal Challengers Bengaluru at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. 

The decision of Gaikwad being the new CSK captain was announced on the eve of the IPL 2024 opener when the Maharashtra batter was part of the annual photograph of all captains from the tournament. The Super Kings released a statement confirming that the decision was taken keeping in mind the future of the franchise.

I got to know last week:  Gaikwad on knowing about captaining CSK 

Speaking at the toss ahead of the first match,  Ruturaj Gaikwad said,  "Feel privileged. But I want to try and be in my shoes, not fill anybody's shoes. (On captaincy) I got to know last week, but Mahi bhai hinted at it last year. Everyone is experienced here, sadly we are missing Conway and Pathirana."

Talking about the toss, Faf du Plessis and the Royal Challengers Bengaluru called it right and decided to bat first. Speaking about CSK's XI, Gaikwad said,  "We've got Rachin and Mitchell coming in though this year so they should fit in well. Looks like a good pitch, a hard surface that should hold up well for the second innings. Four overseas - Mitchell, Rachin, Fizz and Theekshana. The domestic player Sameer Rizvi is making his debut as well."

Chennai Super Kings Playing XI vs RCB

Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Rachin Ravindra, Ajinkya Rahane, Daryl Mitchell, Ravindra Jadeja, Sameer Rizvi, MS Dhoni(w), Deepak Chahar, Maheesh Theekshana, Mustafizur Rahman, Tushar Deshpande

CSK Subs: Shardul Thakur, Shivam Dube, Shaik Rasheed, Nishant Sindhu, Moeen Ali

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