CSK will be missing opening game's hero Ambati Rayudu with Ruturaj Gaikwad replacing him in the playing XI.
Yashasvi Jaiswal — confined to his mentor Jwala Singh’s Santa Cruz residence in Mumbai — is turning to The Song of God for inspiration.
Smith said that he is also excited to see how Jaiswal would do if and when the season starts.
Playing for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-dayers this season, Jaiswal had made heads turn by slamming a double ton against Jharkhand.
The Priyam Garg-led Indian side couldn't become the fifth Indian team to win the coveted trophy as they lost to Bangladesh in the summit clash played on February 8.
Jaiswal was also the highest run-getter in the tournament with 400 runs in six innings, including an unbeaten hundred against Pakistan in the semifinal.
While batting, India lost their last seven wickets for 23 runs and then gave away 33 extras in the rain-hit match.
Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal was the standout performer for India, scoring 88 off 121 balls.
Jaiswal has turned in consistent performances throughout the tournament in which India have won every match they have played thus far.
Jaiswal unbeaten century in India's 10-wicket win in the semifinal against Pakistan took his tally in the tournament to 312 runs, making him the top scorer.
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Yashasvi's father said he wants his son to feature in the Indian cricket team and make the country proud.
The gulf in class between the two sides was evident as Indian bowlers collectively choked Pakistan to a paltry 172 in 43.1 overs and chased the score without losing any wickets.