PREVIEW: CHENNAI SUPERKINGS IN CL T20 2010
All set to roar at CL T20 2010…
Frankly speaking, Chennai Superkings is reputed to be the most consistent team in the IPL journey so far. It will be much of a surprise if CSK doesn’t continue to pump excitement in our veins in the upcoming mega blockbuster event CL T20 2010 in the rainbow nation. Doug Bollinger, one of the best pacers, roped in by CSK this year, will be playing for Chennai in the Champions League this year and will be a significant asset to the team.
Journey to CL T20..
Being one of the most consistent team in the first two editions in IPL, Chennai started IPL has a hot favorite of many. Till midway of the league stage, Chennai was more towards the bottom than the top and hope of getting to semis was getting crushed. But why to fear, when Captain Cool is here ??. After some nail-biting matches, the door to the semis was pushed open. “Semis are a kind of a lottery.. ”, says Captain Marvel MS Dhoni. In the end, it was Chennai Superkings rejoicing their victory after beating a forlorn Mumbai Indians in the finals. Though it was a team effort, Doug Bollinger and Suresh Raina were the standout performers for the Superkings.
The old lion, Matthew Hayden who was the orange cap holder in the second season of IPL, failed miserably to achieve the same feat this year. Murali Vijay, the other opener had a great season on the other hand, bagging one century versus Rajasthan Royals. Suresh Raina as blistering as usual took Chennai out of serious trouble in a few games. R. Ashwin, a promising young spinner came in the later part of the tournament and surprised almost the batsmen with his spot-on deliveries. He played a crucial role in CSK’s triumph. So, in one line, the mega success was the outcome of some stunning fielding performances, mindblowing batting and some economical bowling.
The men in yellow..
MS Dhoni(c /wk), Srikkanth Anirudha, Subhramaniam Badrinath, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Doug Bollinger, Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey, Shadab Jakati, Joginder Sharma, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, Muttiah Muralidaran, Murali Vijay and Thilan Thushara.
Its heartening to see the all-rounder Albie Morkel play for CSK and Muralidaran to display his magical supremacy along with IPL 3’s pleasant discovery, Ravichandran Ashwin who is expected to share the new ball with Doug Bollinger. Batting is something which usually does not let CSK down. It is quite a strong lineup heading with Haydos and Vijay leading at the top followed by Raina, Badrinath and the captain himself. With the flamboyant and graceful captaincy, the common cricket lover cannot help but fancy Chennai’s chances in this tournament. One must not forget that it was also in this rainbow nation that MSD led India to the inaugural T20 WC triumph and that CSK had quite a successful campaign in the league stage of the second edition of IPL. Overall, it’s a fairly balanced squad that has the capacity to crush any batting and bowling attack. So, fingers crossed!!
Chances ahead this year in CL
No doubt, Chennai Superkings is one of the strongest contenders for the title, it won’t a easy battle to reach the semifinals for CSK is placed with four other tough sides in Group A in the league stage. The other teams in Group A are Victorian Bushrangers, Central District Stags, Wayamba Elevens and Chevrolet Warriors. The first match of Chennai would be played on 11th Sept. versus the Bushrangers who had a pretty exciting CL last time. Its going to be the last tournament where we’ll be seeing these guys playing as a unit for there are going to be fresh auctions later in November this year. So, lets hope that the brilliance and flamboyancy of the ‘Chennai ke sher’ will not let our high hopes down and will repeat the IPL 3 magic once again…….