Chennai Super Kings May 3, 2012

Chennai's batting woes

IPL 2012 so far has thrown up quite a few surprises. Although Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were among the top run-getters in the league prior to the start of this season, their remarkably consistent run has been a revelation

By Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

IPL 2012 so far has thrown up quite a few surprises. Although Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were among the top run-getters in the league prior to the start of this season, their remarkably consistent run has been a revelation. Sehwag, in particular, is in the midst of an extraordinary run that has seen him become the first player to score five consecutive half-centuries in Twenty20 matches. On the other hand, the younger Indian batsmen such as Suresh Raina and M Vijay, who were expected to dominate the scoring, have been well below par. Chennai Super Kings, in particular, have been badly affected by the poor form of their batsmen in this tournament and the return of Michael Hussey will be a huge boost to their flagging fortunes.

M Vijay, who was one of Super Kings' most valuable batsmen in the previous two editions, has been woefully out of form scoring just 31 runs in 48 balls (strike-rate 64.58) while being dismissed five times. In contrast, he made over 400 runs in the 2010 and 2011 tournaments at an excellent scoring-rate. Suresh Raina and S Badrinath have struggled too, with averages below 25. While Badrinath's average is better than his worst return in a year (19.66 in 2009), his scoring-rate of 6.30 is the lowest among all seasons. Raina, on the other hand, has managed to score at a decent clip but his average of 21.88 is well below his lowest average in the previous four seasons (31.00 in 2009). Super Kings' captain MS Dhoni too has had his issues with batting and has failed to register a single fifty-plus score so far. His average (27.66) and strike-rate (116.08) are also much lower than his corresponding numbers in the previous seasons.

Performance of the batsmen in the five seasons (Runs/avg, Runs per over/50+ scores
Batsman 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
M Vijay - 60/15.00, 5.37/0 458/38.16, 9.41/2 434/27.12, 7.68/3 31/7.75, 3.87/0
S Badrinath 192/32.00, 8.86/2 177/19.66, 6.47/1 356/32.36, 7.06/2 396/66.00, 7.59/5 147/24.50, 6.30/1
Suresh Raina 421/46.77, 8.23/3 434/31.00, 8.45/2 520/52.00, 8.57/4 438/31.28, 8.08/4 197/21.88, 8.20/0
MS Dhoni 414/41.40, 8.01/2 332/41.50, 7.63/2 287/31.88, 8.20/2 392/43.55, 9.52/2 166/27.66, 7.00/0
Virat Kohli 165/15.00, 6.30/0 246/22.36, 6.73/1 307/27.90, 8.68/1 557/46.41, 7.26/4 192/21.33, 6.19/1
Yusuf Pathan 435/36.25, 10.74/4 243/20.25, 7.96/1 333/33.30, 9.94/1 283/31.44, 8.44/0 48/6.85, 5.76/0

While Super Kings are faced with a huge problem with majority of their batsmen out of form, the performances of Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan have also been a concern for their respective teams. Kohli has averaged just 21.33, which is his second-lowest average across the five seasons. He has also managed to score only at just over a run a ball. Pathan, who was a consistent match-winner when he played for Rajasthan Royals, has failed to have the same effect with Kolkata Knight Riders. He has only managed 48 runs this season at a disappointing strike-rate of 96.

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  • fanedlive on May 7, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Just seeing the way csk are playing i first get the impression that the slow and low pitch of chennai is not helping the big hitters like dhoni raina bravo morkel to play freely.also the spiners like jakati and jadeja are bowling poorly.there much of the ball is on shorter side but ashwin bowled well in tendom.the correct team is hussey,vijay,raina,dhoni,bravo,morkel,jadeja,ashwin,jakati,bollinger,yo mahesh

  • fanedlive on May 5, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    CSK Not exploring potential upto the bar either batting, fielding or bowling,..

    Frontline seemers & leg breaks needs improvement, those can change the game

    Jadeja to be focused on legbreaks and to be used even first over to take the wickets

  • fanedlive on May 5, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    You can see one of the worst batting strategy by CSK. During the last few over CSK is the only team which though having wickets in hand looks at defending and taking singles.

    Its not that I want them to win all the matches, it frustructing to see a T20 played in this manner.

    What is this guy Dhoni doing. Nowadays whenever I see Dhoni in TV is can only get frustrated with the way he plays. Even kids play better. He is the worst player in this entire tournament who does not bother about his team and just looks at protecting his wicket. Not sure whether he is afraid of being dropped from CSK.

  • fanedlive on May 5, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    I think Dhoni should give chance to other people who have not got a chance and waiting in the wings.Mukund is one needs a chance same as Vignesh. Drop Ashwin or Jadeja or jakati for alternate matches so that they can come a bit prepared to play well None of them are in good form reaching semis itself will be big problems.Jadeja is not taking wickets nor scored enough runs at a good pace-.Ash bowls well but no useful wickets he has become a liablity in some matchessae with Jakati -he knows that his contribution is not great. So Dhoni should employ any other bowler who can give 20 runs for 4 overs and take few wickets as well same in Batting in top order-keep rotating - if one batsman cannot score runs -at a good pace and taking sharp singles he should be replaced by another batsman who can deliver. Yesterday Dhoni could not hita six or score at a faster rate yesterday.please remember Iam not criticising personally but only pointing out poor performance as I am a genuine CSK fan.

  • fanedlive on May 5, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Dont innovate for the sake of it, when there is a simple and sufficient stat called 'strike rate' why would you invent a new one 'runs per over' ?

  • fanedlive on May 5, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Dhoni total failure...he did it again!! Horrible run scoring that is! Over 13, score 110. The end score in 20 overs 160! Is this one day match or T20??? When the situation warrants 180, he sets 160 (thanks to Bravo, otherwise it would have been only 140 finally). The opposition was weak, any other team would've romp home with ease. I think MS has lost the cricketing brain and is in own world of fatigue. Fleming should do some plain talking.

  • fanedlive on May 5, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    first four...faf,hus/vijay,raina,morky,rest any1 can come..

  • fanedlive on May 5, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    Chennai managed to beat Deccan and gained 2 valuable points. situation is still dicey and its very difficult to predict who will be the final four. have faith on MSD to figure in the finals once again

  • fanedlive on May 5, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Why does no one talk about jadeja? He has been the costliest buy for this year and his performance has been abysmal save for that one match against dc..dhoni always looks to shield him..while bowling he neither bowls in first 6 overs nor during the slog..while batting, he always bats when there is least pressure..I have said in many posts that he is hugely overrated and its becoming obvious by each match..there are so many indian players much more talented than him and it's really disappointing to see dhoni backing him for such a long a long period in all forms of cricket...

  • fanedlive on May 5, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Why not bring Scott Styris in? His slow bowling would be perfect in their home pitch....and he is a proven performer with the bat.

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