Not Ruturaj Gaikwad Or Suresh Raina! Ex-AUS Star Holds Record For Scoring Most Runs In A Season For CSK

March 31,2023

The 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to start from Friday (March 31), and in the first match of this year’s tournament, four-time champions Chennai Super Kings will face defending champions Gujarat Titans. The season’s opener will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The CSK, which will play under the leadership of MS Dhoni this year, once again had a forgettable season last year. The team finished in the second-to-last position in the league table and was only able to win four matches out of a total of 14 played during the league stage. Last year, CSK's batters and bowlers both failed to fire on a consistent basis, but this time, the team will hope to stage a comeback and return to the playoffs once again.

Last year, despite having many star batters like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, and Dhoni himself, CSK failed to put big runs on the board and missed the presence of Faf du Plessis, who had joined Royal Challengers Bangalore during the IPL 2022 mega auction. This year, CSK has added strength to the batting unit by adding the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Ben Stokes, and will have high hopes from them to score big runs in the tournament.

In the last 15 editions of the IPL, on three occasions, CSK batters have managed to top the Orange Cap list. Opening batter Ruturaj Gaikwad was the last batter to win the Orange Cap in the IPL during the 2021 season, when he scored 635 runs. But did you know that he doesn't hold the record for scoring most runs in a season for CSK? The record of scoring the most runs in a single edition of the IPL by a CSK batter is in the name of former Australian batter Michael Hussey, who now serves as the team’s batting coach. The left-handed batter, who joined the side in 2008 and scored a century in the first match itself, amassed a total of 733 runs in 17 matches of the 2013 edition.

The 47-year-old was associated with CSK from 2008 to 2013, and in 2014 he joined the Mumbai Indians, for whom he played for one season. In 2015, he made a comeback for CSK again but was unable to produce the same magic.