IPL March 27, 2010

Chennai, have you forgotten something?

They have the other IPL requirements: gaudy shirts, batsmen, cheerleaders, and a drummer
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The lottery-winning Samurai warrior with new-found mates © Indian Premier League
 
Given that the IPL is months in the planning and the franchises have at their disposal enormous piles of cash, it really is surprising that Chennai forgot to buy any bowlers. Perhaps it just got lost amid all the build-up. You know how it is, no matter how many lists you make there’s always something you forget. Gaudy shirts? Check. Cheerleaders? Check. Grinning man with a drum? Check. Batsmen? Got ‘em. Anything else? No, I don’t think so.

I exaggerate (but only slightly). There is Muttiah Muralitharan of course. But IPL Murali isn’t quite as compelling as normal everyday Murali. He whizzes through his overs smartly enough and there is plenty of smiling, but using the greatest offspinner of all time in this fashion is rather like asking Mozart to play an Abba song on a kazoo. Very nice and all that, but you can’t help feeling that you haven’t quite got your money’s worth.

Still they do have lots and lots of batsmen. Some say that Matthew ‘Matty’ Hayden is over the hill. Tell that to the poor little cricket ball he assaulted on Thursday. He remains, along with Yuvraj Singh, the most brutal leather abuser in the world. He hits the ball so hard you wince at the moment of impact. He was in awesome form against Zaheer Khan, chopping four boundaries with the anger of a mad axe man who had not received his invitation to the annual convention of psychotic wood choppers.

But at a crucial juncture, he called for The Mongoose (sadly not in the way that Tarzan used to summon up the beasts of the jungle) and departed soon after. Bhajji was the Hayden-slayer and celebrated in the traditional manner; that is haring off towards third man roaring like a Samurai warrior who’d just discovered he had the winning lottery ticket. The yellow-shirted Hayden meanwhile retired to a white plastic chair on the boundary, where he demurely sipped a cup of tea looking for all the world like a children’s entertainer taking a break at a village fete.

Cue Suresh Raina who started with a nonchalant cuff to score his first maximum (it was sponsored, but I forget the name of the company). But the most significant boundary of his charming innings came when Dwayne Bravo, around the wicket, aimed a stinging bouncer in the general direction of his nose. Raina leant back like a boxer evading a flailing upper cut and without flinching, merely touched the ball, sending it looping to third man. It was a vast improvement on the eyes-closed swishing technique he employed against the short ball last summer.

Not all the Chennai willow-wielders acquitted themselves quite so well. English viewers retain a soft spot for Parthiv Patel who came on the 2002 tour as a plucky teenager. Indian supporters haven’t always held him such high esteem, but he was doing nicely on Thursday, until he tried to emulate his more illustrious team-mates. Hopping outside the leg stump, he was horrified to find the ball following him. Ryan McClaren’s yorker demolished first Parthiv and then the stumps. In ten pin bowling terms, it was an excellent spare.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • Anand on April 14, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    I have a solution to CSK's bowling woes. Rope in Wasim Akram who is currently wasting himself as the KKR's bowling coach. Wasim with some training can still be a handful; after all he never relied on his run-up but the swish of his golden arm created all the magic. Krish Srikanth who is a good friend (rather his bunny!) of Waz should woe him into CSK. If this is done, then see their bowling magically transformed.

  • Harish on April 13, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    LOL at "but using the greatest offspinner of all time in this fashion is rather like asking Mozart to play an Abba song on a kazoo."

  • jeg1939 on April 3, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    You need 5 good bowlers for any teams backed by brilliant fielders. Vijay made a 46 ball century but Bollinger did the damage he was responsible to dismiss both Watson and yusuf. It is hard to get a better example 20-20 is not a Batsman's game alone!

  • Anonymous on April 1, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    chennai will bounce back in a rocking manner...

  • xoxo on March 30, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Ironic that the highest wicket taker so far in IPL3 is from CSK

  • bino on March 30, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    please take badrinath out of the team or atleast let him bat down the order.... he is the damn weak link in batting as he considerably reduces scoring rate... pl.. one more thing.. hayden can concentrate more on batting than on bat selection.... if csk needs to win he certainly has to fire...

  • RODSWA on March 30, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    RCB gonna thrash CSK once again in tomorrows match............ hahahahah........ kumble will open bowling and the man with mongoose will be the prey.................

  • Anonymous on March 30, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    i would like to give tips to chennai team. Until bollinger and hussey comes 1.ask hayden to hang around first 10-12 overs and post 120 runs along with vijay who can rotate the strike. 2.let dhoni comes and albie next.since they can hit the ball hard try to put and another 120+ runs to ensure 250 RUNS ON THE BOARD

    ALL THE BEST CHENNAI

  • jason on March 30, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    csk teaam>>>>>>>>>> 1.vijay 2.hayden 3.raina 4.hemang badani 5.albie 6.dhoni 7.ashwin 8.murali 9.nitini 10.ganapathy 11.tyagi pl dont change the batting order becoz if dhoni came earlier then others wont get chance 2 play

  • Haja on March 29, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    Why dhoni not intrested to inculading hameng badhani in playing XI (he can bowl also)

  • Anand on April 14, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    I have a solution to CSK's bowling woes. Rope in Wasim Akram who is currently wasting himself as the KKR's bowling coach. Wasim with some training can still be a handful; after all he never relied on his run-up but the swish of his golden arm created all the magic. Krish Srikanth who is a good friend (rather his bunny!) of Waz should woe him into CSK. If this is done, then see their bowling magically transformed.

  • Harish on April 13, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    LOL at "but using the greatest offspinner of all time in this fashion is rather like asking Mozart to play an Abba song on a kazoo."

  • jeg1939 on April 3, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    You need 5 good bowlers for any teams backed by brilliant fielders. Vijay made a 46 ball century but Bollinger did the damage he was responsible to dismiss both Watson and yusuf. It is hard to get a better example 20-20 is not a Batsman's game alone!

  • Anonymous on April 1, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    chennai will bounce back in a rocking manner...

  • xoxo on March 30, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Ironic that the highest wicket taker so far in IPL3 is from CSK

  • bino on March 30, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    please take badrinath out of the team or atleast let him bat down the order.... he is the damn weak link in batting as he considerably reduces scoring rate... pl.. one more thing.. hayden can concentrate more on batting than on bat selection.... if csk needs to win he certainly has to fire...

  • RODSWA on March 30, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    RCB gonna thrash CSK once again in tomorrows match............ hahahahah........ kumble will open bowling and the man with mongoose will be the prey.................

  • Anonymous on March 30, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    i would like to give tips to chennai team. Until bollinger and hussey comes 1.ask hayden to hang around first 10-12 overs and post 120 runs along with vijay who can rotate the strike. 2.let dhoni comes and albie next.since they can hit the ball hard try to put and another 120+ runs to ensure 250 RUNS ON THE BOARD

    ALL THE BEST CHENNAI

  • jason on March 30, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    csk teaam>>>>>>>>>> 1.vijay 2.hayden 3.raina 4.hemang badani 5.albie 6.dhoni 7.ashwin 8.murali 9.nitini 10.ganapathy 11.tyagi pl dont change the batting order becoz if dhoni came earlier then others wont get chance 2 play

  • Haja on March 29, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    Why dhoni not intrested to inculading hameng badhani in playing XI (he can bowl also)

  • sundar on March 29, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    chennai cant win if badrinatha and balaji is in the squad, badrinath is fit only for sunnaambukaava team(street team in chennai)give chance to foreigners, they are earning more in ipl. dont let them sit in the bench.

  • Natraj on March 29, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Guys, Please stop saying that we are weak in bwlng. We are in-consistent with the bat too. Checkout RCB and RR. They dont have out of the world batsman but yet in good form. T20 is more for confidence and form rather than experience. I still wonder how Yuvaraj is in our T20 world cup squad.

  • marcus on March 28, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Get Hayden using the Mongoose from his first ball. CSK need to show they are on the front foot again, and get attacking the ball. Ntini can do a job with the ball - he has all the experience you could ask for. Bollinger is worth a punt... Dhoni needs to get further up the order.

  • Abdullah AbdulRaheem on March 28, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    A rare funny, good article on Page 2. But a few similes too many, perhaps?

  • Kopper on March 28, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    The IPL is all about momentum...winning or losing will become a habit...that's what is happening to CSK and KXIP

  • Surya on March 28, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Badri is a goner in IPL. Vijay is not explored to the that extent. Ashwin?? Could anyone tell me what speciality he's in??

  • Shoonyam on March 28, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    A few more interesting comments on Aswin,Badri and Vijay and the like would have been nice. Just to know what you think of younger fellows...Do write in on the domestic talent in IPL

  • salvato on March 28, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    come on dhoni we love you bring Ntini inside he is very good bowler we still keep a hope on u pls do something ...............

  • Rajesh, USA on March 28, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    No doubt Chennai bowling is very week. They should try to play Ntini while Kemp is out. Also play Tyagi in place of Sharma or Goni. There is no reason to play 6 bowlers. Use Raina as the sixth bowler. Start with Ntini and Tyagi, and finish with Morkel, Murali, & Ntini. Dhoni or Morkel should bat higher in the order than Badri. This is their best line-up in the current squad: Hayden, Patel, Raina, Dhoni, Morkel, Badri, Vijay, Balaji, Murali, Tyagi, Ntini.

  • shiva on March 28, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    now this was a very good article ! Loved reading it. Refreshingly different and funny , unlike your earlier ones which seemed more like disgruntled ramblings about the IPL's success.

  • Nirmal Kumar on March 28, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Its 20-20 Guys you dont need to save your wickets, no use. it is not going to matter when the scores are also leveled. The way Badrinath and Raina played on the other day against mumbai was pathetic, they finished as they were going for a tea break in Test match. If you cannot play Bravo and malinga try to walk down the wicket and play something innovative or if you cannot play him let the next batsman come and play..

    Chennai can very well go with this line up, Hayden, Patel, Badrinath, Morkel/Hussey, Raina, Dhoni, Bollinger/Ntini, Murali, Jakati, Balaji, Tyagi/Ganapathy/Gony... go chennai with this line up & Play positive cricket you will win.

  • raja on March 28, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Lovely, Andrew. This is Raja from CF. :-) Catching up on your writing after a long time - and I find it is still just as crisp and funny as it was when I last read it. Keep it going !

  • Anonymous on March 28, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Hey srinivasan Don't blame Perera. It was just his first game in IPL and his stronger discipline is batting. It was Dhoni's fault as he brought him on the 16th over. I don't know how good a decision from him to bring in his debutant to bowl the 16th over when the opposition was already holding the upper hand. And it was the first thing that Perera had to do in the match as he didn't bat. I really felt it would be a bad decision in the part of Dhoni ASA he called Perera to bowl. You have to utilize your youngsters especially some one who makes the debut and played no part in the game till then. It was a wrong decision from Dhoni & Don't blame Perera.

  • Surya on March 28, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Barring Hayden, Murali, Raina and Dhoni, none performs in CSK. You can't always rely on only these players and win. Well, I'm not surprised by Balaji's bowling as that's how he's been bowling since his international debut. The biggest mistake they've done is including Ashwin instead of Jakati in the first 5 matches. CSK's winnable score with this kinda bowling is at least 300. If it's below that I'm 200% sure they will be defeated.

  • N.M.Sharma on March 28, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    I suggest "MATTY" not to toy with the conventional and Mangoose bats. Stick to conventional bat and play resposibilly and stay in the crease till 10-12 overs and set a huge score.

  • The One on March 28, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Get Ntini in dammit!!! He's one helluva underrated class bowler.

  • rajat k on March 28, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Of course everybody knows that chennai lacks strike bowler , but at the end of the day u have to use the resources what u have got....use albie or perera higher in the batting order.........send badri to open with haydos............get rid of parthiv...........by april 5th bollinger would be available.............u have to take chances to win after a sequence of defeat..................and mind that u r playing with only one spinner against y pathan...................i am big fan of csk.................jai csk

  • Ramesh on March 28, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    What Nitini doing? is he fit to play or just there to make everyone laugh with his jokes

  • Karthik on March 28, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Wat abt Makaya Ntini.. Keeping him as a amuser in team room?? Should give him a try before bringing Bolliger in.. Wat abt thushara???

  • kumaresan on March 28, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    csk will come back

  • Udayakumar on March 28, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Yeh... sure they should reconsider the team here is my tips 1. Hayden 2. badri 3. Raina 4. Hussey 5. Dhoni 6. Morkel 7. Ashwin / Ganapathy 8. Muralitharan 9. Bollinger 10. Balaji 11. Goney / Tiagi

    please dhoni hope u will read this and consider this :( .. i m chennai fan club member too.. pl. dont make more dis app

  • kumaresan on March 28, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    csk should come back again. we are the most winner in whole ipl. we can. we already played 2 season without best bowlers except murali. dhoni do some magic, we are all behind you.

  • karthik on March 28, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    main problem with chennai is bowlin even a 6th class boy will agree 2 it, but if they go with a premium bowler it will b a large tail,, its better 2 go with a all rounder who will contribute both skills,. u cant fill vacancies left by freddi or kemp those r big boots 2 be filled but atleast make a try go for some one like luke wright who has t20 century and will fetch u wickets,,, or graem swan with best of 90 and economy under 7 which is master class in this format,,even a guy like chigumbura who 2 has a t2o centuary and can take on the new ball,,, better open with these people who can smash balls all around and win matches with both bowlin and battin and even great fielders. bailey i think is not siuited in this line up,,, a guy like philip hughes or travis burt will b an absolute craker jacker,, hughes or luke wright opening with hayden followed up by raina,badri,albie,and ms is always there think 4r a wile chennai......./

  • Playrkilr on March 28, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    Bollinger will join on april 05 guys!!! and hussey also coming on the same day (Y) goooo chennai!!!!!!

  • karthik on March 28, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Well, If u intend to win you should go find the instincts in the game, It was Raina's day he should have bowled atleast 2 or 3 overs in the middle and perrera should have been brought on early with the new ball, Balaji and Parthiv is a total waste of time get a real bowler and an allrounder for the fans sake.... Tamilnadu has better players than these...

  • R K KRISHNA VAZRAPU on March 28, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    chuck out parthiv and L Balajit they r the reall match winners for opponent team.. plz try to improve fielding . fielding was pretty bad against RCB and Mumbai Indians

  • pnb on March 28, 2010, 3:10 GMT

    Guys, Why Makahaya Nitini & Thushara off the the ground for CSK. along with this 2 bowlers and Morkel, murali could do much better for CSK. Attacking with Nitini, Thusara, Morkel, murali, raina & Gony or balaji could get CSK bowling lines better..i feel..

  • parthi on March 28, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    it's tooo early to say Chennai has LOST THE TRACK.....things could change when Doug and Hussey join our team .....it's better to replace Balaji with Ashwin

  • Slurker on March 28, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    Quite hilarious !

  • TD_160 on March 28, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    The pitches and the ground sizes in the IPL favour the batsmen, so I suppose Chennai's thinking would have been that having good batsmen is what matters. I think their performances to date show that you need at least two good pacemen to restrict and take wickets in the first six overs to in T20.

  • vn iyer on March 28, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    Y arent they picking Nitini in the squad. Nitini is one of the best bowlers in the world. Is he in the team just to entertain in the dressing room

  • Nate on March 27, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    chennai bowling will be boosted by the new member of their squad who has replace oram for 2010 IPL. Bollinger will be in the squad at April 5, and should get in the team no matter what. However, that means that Hussey might not be played unless Chennai drop Hayden or Morkel

  • Adil on March 27, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    Murali, Morkel and Kemp can bowl 12 overs but there is other 8 overs when opposition hitting hard so they can use 2 regular local and 2 part time bowlers who can bowl 7 to 14 economicly. As they are playing with patel so dhoni have to learn bowling hhahhahahah

  • Prashant on March 27, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    C'mon Dhoni ... Bring again dat passion n desire fr Win in the team ............ I don't understand y such decision being made,, excluding Tyagi n putting Joginder in d team inspite of Tyagi wonderful performance in last match............. n Y to put Parthiv in d team .......... Murali Vijay has much better technique n Power dan Patel...... C'mon Dhoni ... Don't let Ur Fans feel down ... C'mon CSK

  • Prashant Srivastava on March 27, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Where is Goni?

  • Satheesh on March 27, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    I wud like to give a few tips for Chennai's best team combination...From what they have at their hand, they should choose a bowling attack that has the variety :) Bowlers: Murali,Balaji,Jakati,Thushara, Ganapathy All rounder: Morkel Batsmen: Vijay, Hayden, Badrinath, Dhoni, Raina, ..After Bollinger arrives replace Thushara. Reasons: Ganapathy is a more than decent bowler and a decent batsman off from a decent Ranji season. Thushara is a good bowler who can get you wickets and score some useful runs lower down. Parthiv is too bad and can never be a T20 Bat. Squad has a good Right-Left combination in batting and good variety in bowling L/A seamer, L/A spinner, R/A Mefium pacers and a World class Offspinner

  • chan on March 27, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    yo abhilash & for Morrison even the Daredvils are Double D's.

  • kannan on March 27, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    It is quite along wait for Hussey to join But in the meantime, even if the bowlers stick to wicket to wicket line, and contain the bashing, there can be some respite for them Hope Bolinger will bring the much needed fire to the bowling dept Mr Dhoni Why do you keep Balaji for the final over He cannot take Hat trick every time

  • Rahul Oak on March 27, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    This has been my biggest issue with CSK right from season 1. Why they refuse to play Ntini (who was one of the best bowlers in the South African Pro20 tourney) beats me. Instead, they opt to go with injury prone overrated players like Oram and wotshisface Bailey. Just in: They signed up Bollinger - maybe they like his face - because I doubt he'll get a game. In general, the strategy seems to be: A bowler short? Let's pick another batsman. Beats me!

  • Pava on March 27, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    I think it is fine unless their bowlers perform terrificly bad.. like they did in the last match. A good bowler would end up giving 6 runs in an over on avg. A bad bowler would give 7-8. Result, 20-30 more runs. But they have the needed battign strength to pull that off. Just that Kemp got injured in the wrong moment, they lost to Punjab and it was Parera and balaji who let them off against Mumbai - not to forget the great batting by Sachin.

  • Jojy John Alphonso on March 27, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    Tomorrow Chennai take on my favorite team RR and I hope they continue this bad streak. I am hoping that RR enters the semis atleast.

  • vishnu vardhan on March 27, 2010, 19:11 GMT

    I think chennai should use a regular fast bowler and they should try a different combination in the next matches.They havnt used perrera so for in the tournament.He would be very useful in the death overs.

  • Dhandev on March 27, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Dhoni has been let down by the Indian bowlers mostly. No one has stepped up and taken leadership of the fast bowling compartment. Makhaya Ntini should get a game with the current form of the bowlers and Dhoni will use Bollinger right away once he arrives in India.

  • Rohit88 on March 27, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    Great article Andrew. Keep up the good work!

    Chennai needs to invest in STRIKE BOWLERS. Flintoff was a great choice, but now needs 3 people to support him onto the pitch. Ntini is out of form. Oram and Morkel are not strike bowlers (plus Oram is away now).

    Next IPL, Chennai should bid for one of those Australian quickies, like Doug Bollinger or Peter Siddle. Get someone who can cripple the opposition's opening.

  • Moheesh on March 27, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Bollinger is coming in. Hope he creates some early inroads. Heard that there is one player by name C.Ganapathy, warming the benches. Heard that he is a bowling all-rounder. When Jogi, Gony and Tyagi are given a musical chair sort of chance, why not give him a try? Keeping my fingers crossed for you CSK!!!!!!

  • Dr.Iyer on March 27, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Don't think Bolly can bring a change. He and Murali can tie 8 overs. Remaining dozen will go for atleast Ten. CSK are paying for poor planning. MSD can be the captain of World No 1 side. But that alone can't win you matches with an attack worse than a Street side.

  • Nick D.C. on March 27, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    It's all George Bush's fault.

  • Nish The Dish on March 27, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Dude, you are funny. Loved the axe man cometh and Ten pin spare analogies. Still laughing. Great stuff.

  • alex on March 27, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    it's nice 2 see raina playing short ball well.looks like he worked on it..and the main thing the bowler...now they have doug bollinger...australia's successful baller in the last summer,so expect an improved perfomance..gud luk msd...

  • Sagar on March 27, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    You are THE most entertaining Sports writer I have ever come across! Please keep 'em coming! :)

  • Prabhakar on March 27, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    It is only a matter of time before CSK start winning again. The key is that they are a well knit unit and Dhoni knows about 'winning'. He has single handedly led his teams ( India, domestic, etc) to victory several times, in his young career. Something that the likes of Sachin have still not been able to do even after 20 odd years.

  • Ismail parayil on March 27, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    well, now i came to know that the csk owners are brilliantely mis guided by Mr srikanth while the auction.Pls dont look at the team with local spirit only nd there are enough tallents excluding badri and vijay and balaji pls look at that tallents pls keep this three away frm IPL

  • crazy4cricket on March 27, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Good writing! And I think, in the current state that Chennai is in, even the "grinning man with a drum" can help. Sadly, we are big time Chennai supporters and want to be there for every single match and always expect CSK to win that cup / sheild / whatever.

  • raj on March 27, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    i am wondering why are they not using Ntini? He is a good allrounder i guess............

  • Bipin on March 27, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Come on Chennai, you are the Super Kings, we have faith in you, the only team that bounces back and gets up there with vengeance, you got to the finals in the first edition, think on that, you came back from behind last year and this year the call is the same. Your batting power is the best of all, but the opposite in bowling. Captain Dhoni is right, the bowlers are short on confidence, get Ntini in, Bollinger will join in April, Hussey is back. Hussey, Hayden, Ntini and Murali will be a good team from outside.

    Good luck, we are with you, cheering from where we are.

  • Mani on March 27, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    I believe its the right time for them to reassess the situation. Dhoni is back in the side. He keeps things simple and straight. CSK has a tough task ahead but still, by looking at the fray- MI, RCB are consistent...DD, DC are tough but the combination is important for them...RR & CSK can come all guns blazing on their day but not consistent...KXIP and KKR are the most inconsistent sides in this edition.....so the real competition is for the 3rd and 4th spot b/w DD, DC, RR, CSK

  • Gangadharan on March 27, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    CSK should drop Murali vijay,Badri and Parthiv, and give chance to others.CSK should look for one all rounder ,which can make the difference.Anyways we hope they will be back in action as Dhoni factor is still there.

  • Chatura R on March 27, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    " ..... with the anger of a mad axe man who had not received his invitation to the annual convention of psychotic wood choppers." Brilliant stuff!! My wife is wondering why I am laughing at the computer.

  • Banwari dahima on March 27, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    The best playing XI is 1. Dhoni 2. Hayden 3. Raina 4. Badrinath 5. Vijay 6. murli 7. jakati 8. ntini 9. morkel 10. Balaji 11. Srikanth aniruda

    Try this, i really dont understand where is ntini try this and really this time this is a fact the chennai fans are very very very disappointing with the performance of chennai super kings.

    Please bring back the hunger of win. go guys go be like tiger dont leave any one go chennai super kings

  • yuvaraj on March 27, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    chennai' s bowling side all 10 members depend with Muthiah, chennai's batting side all 10 members depend with hayden that is the major problem, all 11 players has to show there performance every match that is the only way to get (CSK) IPL2010 Championship

  • kaushik on March 27, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Why not give Ntini a chance to play a game ... if someone like Perera can be given a spot ...Ntini I assume cant be worse ....

  • vi_ch on March 27, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Do not put Yuvraj in the same league as Hayden.Yuvraj lacks the discipline and commitment of Hayden.Not even fit to tie his shoe lace.

  • Samuel on March 27, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Guys chennai might be down at present but Dhoni and his team are sure to bounce back strongly.... Chak de CHENNAI... With hussey and bollinger we are destined to win

  • Hitesh on March 27, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    "He called for The Mongoose (sadly not in the way that Tarzan used to summon up the beasts of the jungle)"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAH.....priceless

  • Vikky on March 27, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    If Chennai should win... they should sack Balaji and find some good bowlers.. 10 guys effort should not be spoiled by one guy... that one guy is Balaji... Even a school boy can hit him out of the stadium... So Mr.Srinivassan, pls think a while... buy some good bowlers and bowlers are equally needed for a victory...

  • Mahesh on March 27, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Superkings fans dont get dissapointed. Chennai will bounce back. Dhoni must open the innings along with Hayden untill the arrival of Hussey. Play Thushara instead of perara. Its time for the local players to play well. Balaji u can,make the super kings to win the IPL 3. Never lose ur confidence.

  • Mahesh on March 27, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    Kick Balaji out of the playing eleven. CSK cant afford to have a burden of having such a bowler who neither have the pace to surprise the batsman nor have the accuracy, line and length. The wickets he get, is because of the batsman's carelessness or Balaji's luck.

  • Ashik on March 27, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    A loss even after putting a decent total on board - all credit goes to tossy bowling by Perrera who was hit for 19 in one over and over-confident bowling by Balaji. If all TN players (Vijay, Ashwin & Balaji) from CSK are chucked keeping Badrinath, one could think of winning. Now they wud feel the importance of losing Dinesh Karthik who is far better than all these. And still we are too early in the IPL, no wonder CSK reaches semi's.

  • Theena on March 27, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    I laughed for the Murali-Mozart analogy. Thank you for that.

  • Gnanakumar on March 27, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    all the bowlers were & are in the international level and played. they should know what is the line and length they are bowling and it should be meassured according to the person who is in the opposite side. chennai side team mets to go to the bowler and talk to them as soon as they bowl one ball in the wrong side , not waiting untill he gives 36 runs in one over. its every team players responsibility, not only the captains. he cant run up and down to the bowlers. still they can do for this term/next look for some bowlers and as well to give some break to parthiv patel. he is under pressure

  • Mayank Patel on March 27, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    I dont understand what parthiv patel was doing when dhoni was back in side. In 20-20 we expect players to score quickly but he doesnt have those capabilities to score quickly. They should include Goni who can atleast bawl and sometime can slog. And Dhoni should come one down n then Morkel instead of sending Badrinath.

  • Nat on March 27, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    1. Balaji is a diffrent bowler initially & during death overs, he is just a damp & dumb dodo 2. Albie, cannot make any doffrence, if he doesnot bend his back 3. Gony, Joginder, etc are also ran cases 4. Murli & Ashwin are ok, but hittable in death 5. So, what do we have here?... void....

  • ssk on March 27, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    take partiv patel out chennai will win

  • Harsha on March 27, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Parthiv should go & badri should open with hayden. Albie should bat up the order, as it looks like he needs time to settle before opening up. Jakati should be looked at as a bowling option.

  • sivakumar on March 27, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    if chennai want to make semis this year ipl,they must change their team .pls drop balaji,parthiv,joginderin the team and select arunkarthik,ganapathy and tyagi.pls give some chances to this players.tyagi bowled beautifully against bangalore but dropped for mumbai game.i cant understand the team selection policy of chennai.balaji is selected after repeated failures.ganpathy can bat better than balaji also.arun karthik is played well for tamilnadu for the past two seasons

  • asic on March 27, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    As a hardcore chennai fan, i'm horrified to find that there are no bowlers at all. its ok to manage to fill some 4 overs with part time bowlers, but to do the same for 12 overs, barring murali and balaji(atleast he is acknowledged as a bowler) is hardly going to help.Two ppl, albie and kemp haven't fired yet in the tournament. Btw, kemp can slay the ball just as good as hayden.i've not seen that happening yet. Wonder why. regarding badri, less said the better.

  • The White Hunter on March 27, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    This is a rather serious article more suitable for Cricinfo Magazine rather than Page 2. The last one on Sangakkara's scream was more like it.

  • Ajay on March 27, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Dhoni problem is lack of consistency - two games won where single handed won by either hayden or dhoni.... team work is absent...

  • Rev on March 27, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    "the anger of a mad axe man who had not received his invitation to the annual convention of psychotic wood choppers. " --- I haven't laughed that hard in ages! Love watching Hayden bat, and will look forward to reading the next Miller masterpiece.

  • satvir singh on March 27, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    i want to sponsor names of all players, so players will be called, like Matthew ESPN hayden or Sachin Karbon kamal tendulkar, yuvraj citi singh, saurav airtel ganguly and so on

  • Narasimhan on March 27, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Well, I wish to give few tips for Chennai to get back to winning ways. Barring Murali, Chennai dont even have a mediocore bowler. Only way for Chennai to win matches is to score more than 280 while batting. I hope their bowlers will somehow defend scores above 280. Rope in Doug Bollinger to fill the void created by Justin Kemp. CSK, believe in yourselves, come-on, pull up your socks, IPL 2010 crown is waiting for you.

  • vinayababu on March 27, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    no one can beat sachin in any format of cricket.

  • Nats on March 27, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Chuck out Parthiv - he has never ever delivered, if you want to add, consistently. Add another bowler. He now is the only factor between winning and losing.

  • Sri on March 27, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    The team balance is still something to think about, especially opening the batting with Parthiv Patel when they could easily draft a another bowler or an allrounder to maintain the bowling options... two wicket keepers for a 20/20 format... weird!!!!!

  • Sajin on March 27, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Chennai have only themselves to blame after 4 losses in a row.......... There are no match winning bowlers in the chennai line up barring murali nd u can't expect murali to change d game single handedly when all d othrs are getting sprayed across the park.. Dhoni c'mon do something....dont disappoint the fans.......

  • Akshay on March 27, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Hahaha. Great piece of writing. Keep it up.

  • Abhilash on March 27, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    its called a DLF maximum and if you are Morrison then its a DLFer!!

  • srinivasan on March 27, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    CSK failed despite a decent score because of slip shod fielding, erratic bowling by Balaji and Perera --too many full tosses one after another despite the previous one being hit for 4 --and more than anything else by complete lack of passion to win

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  • srinivasan on March 27, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    CSK failed despite a decent score because of slip shod fielding, erratic bowling by Balaji and Perera --too many full tosses one after another despite the previous one being hit for 4 --and more than anything else by complete lack of passion to win

  • Abhilash on March 27, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    its called a DLF maximum and if you are Morrison then its a DLFer!!

  • Akshay on March 27, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Hahaha. Great piece of writing. Keep it up.

  • Sajin on March 27, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Chennai have only themselves to blame after 4 losses in a row.......... There are no match winning bowlers in the chennai line up barring murali nd u can't expect murali to change d game single handedly when all d othrs are getting sprayed across the park.. Dhoni c'mon do something....dont disappoint the fans.......

  • Sri on March 27, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    The team balance is still something to think about, especially opening the batting with Parthiv Patel when they could easily draft a another bowler or an allrounder to maintain the bowling options... two wicket keepers for a 20/20 format... weird!!!!!

  • Nats on March 27, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Chuck out Parthiv - he has never ever delivered, if you want to add, consistently. Add another bowler. He now is the only factor between winning and losing.

  • vinayababu on March 27, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    no one can beat sachin in any format of cricket.

  • Narasimhan on March 27, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Well, I wish to give few tips for Chennai to get back to winning ways. Barring Murali, Chennai dont even have a mediocore bowler. Only way for Chennai to win matches is to score more than 280 while batting. I hope their bowlers will somehow defend scores above 280. Rope in Doug Bollinger to fill the void created by Justin Kemp. CSK, believe in yourselves, come-on, pull up your socks, IPL 2010 crown is waiting for you.

  • satvir singh on March 27, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    i want to sponsor names of all players, so players will be called, like Matthew ESPN hayden or Sachin Karbon kamal tendulkar, yuvraj citi singh, saurav airtel ganguly and so on

  • Rev on March 27, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    "the anger of a mad axe man who had not received his invitation to the annual convention of psychotic wood choppers. " --- I haven't laughed that hard in ages! Love watching Hayden bat, and will look forward to reading the next Miller masterpiece.