IPL 2018: Combined Playing XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings, RCB vs CSK

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India’s former and current skipper go head to head as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB team 2018) take on the returning Chennai Super Kings (CSK team 2018) in Match 24 of the IPL 2018 season on April 25, 2018. RCB and CSK have got some of the finest T20 players which would make for an exciting prospect of creating the IPL 2018 RCB vs CSK combined playing XI. It will be a hard decision to name the skipper of our IPL 2018 CSK vs RCB combined playing XI as it features both Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. IPL RCB vs CSK combined playing XI will feature the in-form and available players for the next IPL 2018 RCB vs CSK match. The IPL RCB vs CSK combined playing XI will feature a minimum of 1 wicket-keeper, 4 batsmen, 1 all-rounder and 3 bowlers.

IPL 2018 Combined Playing XI – RCB vs CSK Combined Playing XI

Virat Kohli – Captain (RCB Team 2018)

We have decided to go with Virat Kohli as the captain of our CSK vs RCB combined playing XI as he is the captain of Team India in all formats and MS Dhoni has returned to captaincy after a fap of 18 months. However, Virat Kohli “The Batsman” is more of a factor in any team he plays for and he would open for our IPL 2018 CSK vs RCB combined playing XI like he has been doing for the RCB team 2018. Kohli opening the innings means he will get plenty of deliveries to bat and if he manages to bat until the end of 10th or 12th over, we could be looking at a big score from Virat Kohli in any format of the game.

Shane Watson (CSK Team 2018)

Drawing out any playing XI or combined Playing XI has a simple rule attached to it which is to ensure you have a wicketkeeper in your Top 7 and even better if you have 2 players who can give you 4 overs from the Top 7. One of those players in our IPL 2018 RCB vs CSK combined playing XI is Shane Watson who has once again transformed himself to be one of the best all-rounders in T20 format.

Suresh Raina (CSK Team 2018)

Suresh Raina is expected to be fit for the IPL CSK vs RCB game and automatically slots at the number 3 position in our IPL CSK vs RCB combined playing 11 to offer solidity and flair like he has been doing for CSK for a number of years now. Raina recently lost the tag of being IPL’s all-time leading run scorer to Virat Kohli which must spur the CSK star to come back with a bang and what better way to score big runs and justify his selection in the IPL CSK vs RCb combined playing XI.

AB de Villiers (RCB Team 2018)

Slotting at the number 4 in our IPL RCB vs CSK combined playing 11 is the South African Superman AB de Villiers. Although, ABD is not enjoying the best of the form of late but you do not make any combined playing 11 without selecting Ab de Villiers if he is available for selection. Like Kohli, ABD is vital to RCB doing well this season and the RCB fans would hope to see him get back to scoring big runs sooner rather than later.

MS Dhoni – Wicketkeeper (CSK Team 2018)

MS Dhoni’s fitness is still a concern for every one after his near match-winning knock against Kings XI Punjab. Dhoni scored a brilliant 74 but he and CSK fell 4 runs short of the eventual target. Dhoni’s batting form has been questioned in recent months, however, he still is a great wicketkeeper and certainly more than capable batsman to get into any combined playing 11 and so he does in our IPL CSK vs RCB combined playing 11. Dhoni’s six-hitting ability was once again on show in his innings vs KXIP and CSK fans would hope that Thalaiva keeps delivering the goods for them this season.

Ambati Rayudu (CSK team 2018)

Every good T20 side needs a floater who is capable of batting anywhere and anytime asked upon. So far this IPL 2018 season, Ambati Rayudu has been opening the innings for CSK team 2018, however, he is slotted to come down the batting order in our IPL RCB vs CSK combined playing XI. Rayudu has worked on his game of boundary hitting and has been scoring consistent runs in last few IPL seasons. With Rayudu in the middle order, RCB vs CSK combined playing XI is prepared for any scenario and can even afford to lose early wickets and yet get to a big total.

Dwayne Bravo (CSK Team 2018)

Mr. DJ AKA Dwayne Bravo becomes the second player in Top 7 of our RCB vs CSK combined XI who can bat and certainly bowl 4 overs in any match under any situation. Bravo has 123 IPL wickets and over 400 T20 wickets and he is regarded as one of the finest death overs bowler and will be ideal for this RCB vs CSK combined playing 11, as he will be the 4th choice seam bowler in this lineup.

Washington Sundar (RCB Team 2018)

Since we already have framed 3-man pace attack in the RCB vs CSK combined playing XI, it was imperative that we go with a heavy spin attack as well. Starting the spin attack is Washington Sundar who is renowned to start the bowling in the powerplay overs. Washington Sundar was a success for India at the Nidahas Trophy and will be the key man for RCB this season and finds a place in the RCB vs CSK combined playing XI.

Harbhajan Singh (CSK Team 2018)

The man who has bowled the most number of dot balls in IPL history, Harbhajan Singh is the next spinner to find a place in our CSK vs RCB combined playing XI as the Turbinator has once again got his mojo back since joining the CSK team 2018. Bhajji has looked a bowler capable of picking wickets this season unlike at Mumbai Indians where he was used more as a containment option. Harbhajan will be the senior most spinner in the RCB vs CSK combined playing 11 which will be vital for the likes of Sundar and Chahal as well.

Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB Team 2018)

Speaking of Yuzvendra Chahal, the leg-spinner brings the mystique and wicket-taking capability to our RCB vs CSK combined playing 11 and like ABD, his form may not have been greatest so far this season but he is one player whom you would not look beyond while framing a combined playing 11 featuring RCB team 2018. One of Chahal’s greatest assets is his ability to flight the ball and never be scared of getting hit for runs. He is always ready to put wickets ahead of containing runs as picking up wickets is the easiest way of stopping the opposition from scoring big runs.

Umesh Yadav (RCB Team 2018)

Wrapping up the RCB vs CSK combined playing 11 is the maverick Umesh Yadav, who can go for more than 50 runs in one match and then in the next match can pick 2 wickets in first 2 balls of the match. Umesh Yadav has looked fitter and stronger this season and has generated an extra or two yards of pace from his bowling which can only be a good news for the RCB and Indian cricket fans.

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