New IPL season opens with Dhoni vs Pandya and Impact Player rule

In the opening match of IPL 2023, Gujarat Titans faced Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The match marked a significant occasion as MS Dhoni faced off against his protege and a possible future India captain, Hardik Pandya.

The Impact Player rule, which allows teams to substitute a player during a match, was also in focus.

Several pacers, including Kuldeep Sen, Mohsin Khan, Mukesh Choudhary, and Yash Dhayal, were unavailable for the tournament due to injuries.

Shubman Gill and Harry Brook, who have been performing exceptionally well in cricket, were also in the spotlight.

Meanwhile, Steve Smith, who played for Delhi Capitals last season, will be involved in the IPL as a commentator for the first time.

Chennai Super Kings suffered injury issues as Kyle Jamieson, Maheesh Theekshana, and Matheesha Pathirana were all ruled out of the tournament,

while Akash Singh replaced the injured Mukesh Choudhary in the squad.

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