MS Dhoni (9.5 credits)
MS Dhoni has had an excellent IPL this year if you go by numbers, with 91 runs in four innings and a strike rate of 135. But a closer look at the scorecards would show that this year Dhoni has struggled to get going.
He initially failed to get a move on, and it was too late by the time he warmed up. It is also important to remember that MS Dhoni has been coming to bat at numbers six and seven.
Thus, from a fantasy point of view, it may also be highly possible that he may not come to bat at all in the innings. Therefore, you can afford to keep MS Dhoni out of your team for this match by keeping these points in mind.
Sunil Narine (9 credits)
Sunil Narine’s lack of form is one of the main factors that Kolkata Knight Riders has not done as well as was expected of them. In four matches, he only picked up two wickets with the ball and scored only 27 runs. His batting has been exposed by the short ball, time and time again.
He seems to be out of touch, and the insistence of Kolkata Knight Riders to open with him put more strain on him. He seems to have lost the magic on the bowling front, and has become too predictable for the batsmen.
Chennai Super Kings also only has right-handed batsmen in the top six, and although the record of MS Dhoni against him is not so great, other batsmen should be able to play him with relative ease. Therefore, keeping the out-of-form Sunil Narine out of your team will be safer.
Ravindra Jadeja (9 credits)
A player who was expected to be Chennai Super Kings’s impact player this year, Ravindra Jadeja, has not lived up to his reputation. In five matches, he managed to pick only three wickets and was also expensive, going at 9.55 runs per over.
The opposition could make this match a difficult one for Ravindra Jadeja. Not only does Kolkata Knight Riders have three left-handed batsmen in their top six, Shubman Gill, their star batsman has never got out to left arm spin the IPL.
His batting was good and he even scored half a century in the last match, but it is possible to keep Ravindra Jadeja out with many quality all-rounders in this match.