Today is a double header at the IPL. In the first match, Chennai Super Kings are facing Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both teams have won their previous games and are high on confidence. Royal Challengers Bangalore specially, are on a winning streak and have won every game they played.
Also, this is a battle between table toppers. While, Royal Challengers Bangalore are at the top position, Chennai Super Kings are at the second position, in the points table. So, Bengaluru would look, to consolidate their position at the top by fifth victory in a row, while Chennai would look to displace Bangalore from the first position.
This match is being played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. Both teams have gone with changes in comparison, to the previous match. They have brought, two changes each. For Bangalore, Kane Richardson and Shahbaz Ahmed misses out. In comes, all rounder Daniel Christian and fast bowler Navdeep Saini.
Dhoni – Kohli hug
Similarly, Chennai also have two changes. Moeen Ali is not fully fit so, he is out and Lungi Ngidi the fast bowler is being rested. They are, replaced by Dwayne Bravo and Imran Tahir. Also, this will be the first game in this season for the veteran leg spinner from South Africa, Imran Tahir. It will be interesting to look forward, to the bowling of Imran Tahir on the small ground of Wankhede stadium.
However, at the toss an emotional moment happened between, the two players. The players were none other than the skippers of, their respective teams, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli. It was the skipper of Chennai, Mahendra Singh Dhoni who, won the toss and elected to bat first. After, the toss both the players hugged each other, shook hands, smiled and were engaged in long conversation.
It was a throwback to the playing era of the Indian team, when Dhoni was still active international cricketer. With him, now retired from international cricket for close to two years, it’s a rare sight for the two stalwarts of Indian cricket, Dhoni and Kohli to stand on the same ground. But then, that is the joy of the IPL.
Watch the video of toss and the moment between Dhoni and Kohli, here: