Chennai Super Kings May 3, 2012

Chennai's batting woes

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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
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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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  • Annu kedia 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

  • Venkat 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

  • Vel 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.

  • barana 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.

  • Vilander 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' ?

  • Venki 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.

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

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

  • padmanabhan 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

  • Cricwizard 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...

  • ben 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.

  • Annu kedia 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

  • Venkat 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

  • Vel 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.

  • barana 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.

  • Vilander 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' ?

  • Venki 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.

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

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

  • padmanabhan 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

  • Cricwizard 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...

  • ben 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.

  • tinku on May 5, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    I THINK JADEJA SHOULD TAKE REST

  • ElBeeDubya on May 5, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    I am not sure why Bravo doesn't get a lot of love considering he has contributed in many ways (batting, bowling AND fielding) for CSK. Does it have anything to do with the fact that he is a relatively new addition to a CSK team that has had a much more consistent team (than any other IPL team)? Here is my preferred batting order:

    Faf Badri Raina Dhoni Bravo Albie Vijay (in the pinch-hitter role) Jadeja Kula Ashwin Jakati

    Lack of options in the Indian bowling talent and relative failures of Jakati, Ashwin, Jadeja and Vijay are hurting the team. Pushing Vijay and Jadeja lower down the order and giving them the freedom to swing their bat could be the best option right now. OTOH, none of the spinners (Jakati, Ashwin, Jadeja, Raina) firing on Chennai's spin-friendly home turf is going to be more difficult to fix. Today's lucky victory against the lowly Deccan team is not something to get excited about...

  • Maran on May 5, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Time to drop Jadu; he has been given enough opportunities, and failed. Ashwin to be more aggressive rather than worry about containment - almost a repeat of Bhajji's recent past. Dhoni to push Morkel and Bravo up the batting order.

  • sudi on May 4, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    CSK are the real deal. Few losses and people start whinghing. They are still the team to beat and i am sure they will go all the way as previous years. Its a lul before the storm, have faith in the 11 on any given day and they will deliver. Every one in the 11 can bat and bowl, thats the strength of this line up. Whistle podu CSKka

  • sadha on May 4, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    RAINA HAS GOT THE TALENT BUT DISSAPOINTS WITH HIS LACK OF JUDGEMENT ON WHEN TO HIT THE BIG SHOT THUS GETTING OUT AT CRUCIAL PERIODS.HE IS PROBABLY THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER IN IPL HISTORY IF YOU LOOK AT HIS ALLROUND CONTRIBUTIONS 1. MOST RUNS 2.MOST CATCHES PLUS HIS VALUE AS A BOWLER.HE ALSO PLAYS THE GAME WITH GOOD SPIRIT.

  • naveen on May 4, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    csk went wrong when they picked jadeja for 2million. They should have go tback murali...who would dryup 4 overs in his worst days.

    hilfenhaus is gooad addition, faf seems to be running between wickets like indian openers of the past...otherwise he is good not swashbuckling.

    CSK can turn around as they have always done during 2nd half of IPL.

    All the best!!

  • cricpatron on May 4, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    The CSK came through good this time, but it still appears very vulnerable, and many of the players aren't playing with confidence and courage except the overseas players (come on, lets be frank). Until someone else is crowned Champion, the CSK are still Champions and they must play like champions, can someone really kick them on their b---. The boys ought to know that nothing short of excellence is acceptable for a championship team. The CSK bowling is awful and the batting a lot circumspect compared to previous seasons.

    What happened to you people?

    Sleep knowing you are Champions and wake up knowing you are still champions.

  • aruna on May 4, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    i think csk must add.experians fast bowler(nuwan k.,tim s.,ben h.,)my chose1 badrinath 2 du plesis 3 raina 4 vijay 5 ms 6 jaduu 7 bravo 8 morkel 9 kulasekara 10 ashwin 11 indian fast bower.

  • sudeep lamsal on May 4, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    in my opinion today's match goes to chennai because they are trying to made a good comeback.in the squad we have found mike hussy who is regarded as the father of ipl history.best of luck chennai

  • Sunthar on May 4, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    chennai batting line up should be: Hussey DuPlessis Morkel Raina Dhoni Mukund, Badri Jadeja Bravo Ashwin YoMahesh Jakati

  • Poo on May 4, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Dhoni should sit out. He has scored like 15-30 runs between 11th to 18th overs in more than four matches now. The target set were something like 110, 155, 142, etc. What the heck is he thinking? T20 is about rational yet aggressive run scoring. He is the sole reason CSK lost 3 matches. What are the coaches and management doing instead of asking him to take a break!

  • anil on May 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    CSK may go with 1.VIJAY 2.HUSSEY 3. DU PLESIS 4.RAINA 5.BADRINATH 6.DHONI 7.JADEJA 8.ASHWIN 9.BOLLINGER 10.HILFENHAUS 11. JAKATI/TYAGI

  • RIXORICHARD on May 4, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    duplesis with hussey should open, then try morkel at 3, with dhoni then raina , follwed by badri, then u got the bowler ashwin jadeja, bollinger , hilfenhows n jakati.

  • anil on May 4, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    CSK should go with 1.VIJAY 2.DU PLESSIS 3.RAINA 4.MORKEL 5.DHONI 6.BRAVO 7.JADEJA 8.VIGNESH 9.ASHWIN 10.BOLLINGER 11.JAKATI/TYAGI

  • Anonymous on May 4, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    @ v.Ramakrishnan

    In the previous seasons, CSK's performance got better match after match, but this season looks very shaky. The team has never been aggressive. MSD must think positive and allow Morkel up the order. The concept of "PINCH HITTER" well suits the 20-20 format. Sad that no teams use it! Players like Kulasekara, Ashwin can very wellbe used for it when the run rate is not so great.Instead batsmen who take time at the crease to settle down are seen when the team needs quick runs. notbeing able to chase down scores of less than 160 with a firepower like CSk is surprising. DD is the weakest team when it comes to batting order, but they are at the top coz of the attitude shown by sehwag and pieterson. If the top 3 wickets are picked in the DD team, they have none to build the innings, but they still are aggressive but CSk has 6 wickets to be picked before declaring the team dead, but they are very pessimistic and that reflects on the results of the game.

  • vamsi on May 4, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    csk has better attacking batsman and defending bowlers.the way they look into the game should change.many misunderstanding cost them runouts which leads to short of 20 to 30 runs from their projected score. its not going chennai's way right now back to back losses and tat too in their home ground.hope dhoni's men bounce back again and we are yearning to see chennai defend their title again..

  • Ansh on May 4, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    U guys r forgetting duplessis He is in amazin form send him smashing up the order

  • CRVN on May 4, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    CSK should set their priorities right. They really mess up the team composition. Would like to revamp the line up. Bring back Vijay in place of yo Mahesh. 1. Vijay 2. Du pless 3. Hussey 4. Dhoni 5. Raina 6.Badri 7.jadeja 8.Morkel 9.Ashwin 10. Hillfenous or Kulasekara 11. Jakati.

  • TharaniDharan on May 4, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Ya come on CSK past is past... Let's cheer up man... I have strong hope that CSK will return to its form and will the trophy for the third time...... Being a big fan of COOL CAPTAIN i say very very all the best to MSD and his Co to return to their form..... Come on CSK We are the KINGS and We are the Champions.... I roar for CSK...

  • Jayakumar on May 4, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    100% sure, today CSK will win the match.. My suggestion 11s are

    Vijay & Hussey (Openers) Raina DuPlessis Dhoni Morkel Jadeja Ashwin Hilfenhaus Joginder Sudeep Tyagi

    Its time to show off...All the best CSK...

  • Tabrez Shaikh on May 4, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Disappointment of csk fans cannot be argued, when a team having most balanced side and match-winners are more than half a side and standing on losing side most of the time is something which was unexpected from this side. As far as I see Dhoni gambles with his domestic players at crucial points which is not paying off well this time. Reason for this gambling maybe coz of t20 world cup ahead which is a good thought bt as far as franchisee and regional fans are concerned, they will not accept this when they are on losing side. I guess we can few changes in the team as well as Dhoni as a CSK captain will be playing and making count of their foreign players to get onto the winning side. For today I would like to see the team below playing with the same batting order; 1) S Badrinath 2) faf du plesiss 3) Suresh Raina 4) Mike Hussey 5) George Bailey (wud like to see him bring stability) 6) MSD 7) Albie Morkel 8) R Jadeja 9) R Ashwin 10) Yo Mahesh 11) Shadab Jakati

    Good luck with CSK

  • TRAM on May 4, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    yep. CSK is struggling to adjust to the slow low bounce of the new Chennai tracks. Looks like they dont have a practice track similar to the middle track. The point is csk is capable of 200+ score just like that, where as other teams which are only capable of 160+ find Chennai track suit their batting approach. ALL csk batsmen are experts in Playing on-the-raise sixers, that is their strength. One checnnai track has decieved them, two opponents have figured csk strength very well and are bowling short of length. Just study how csk batsmen got out in all Chennai matches. And added to that CSK bowlers are (as usual) way below starndard. No yorkers, no slower ones, no plans. And last but not least Dhoni's defensive approach. He does not have 2 close-in fielders when defending 150 score !! Doesn't look like he learns from mistakes.

  • Raks on May 4, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @Sainath Ramakrishnan - how would picking Vijay strengthen the batting. It would make it weaker. Jakati can atleast bowl.

  • wafiq on May 4, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    u guyz have forgotten kulasekara ,best bowler in the recent matches,y shud he gets dropped

  • BBHASKARA on May 4, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    WHAT INDIAN CRICKET AND NATION SHOULD EXPECT HUGELY FROM IPL IS THAT FROM ALL FORMS OF CRICKET AT DOMESTIC LEVEL OUR COUNTRY SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIND NEW ASPIRING AND FRESH BREED OF YOUNG CRICKETERS WITH ASTONISHING TALENT.

    OUR TEAM DESPERATELY NEEDS FURIOUS PACE ATTACK BATTERY ABLE TO DELIVER EVERY SINGLE BALL AT A PACE OF 145-150 CASE.BUT OUR SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR NO REASON TEACH THEM LINE AND LENGTH WHICH SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY WILL BECOME PART OF A CRICKETER IF HE IS CONSISTENTLY PLAYING WITH PASSION AND PRIDE TO BE PART OF THIS TEAM.

  • Shankar on May 4, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    CSK's problem is that their 4th batsman slot., Last 2 seasons Badrinath played at that slot most of the matches., he consolidated the game in middle overs allowing the batsmen to play freely 17-20 th overs.,

  • Avinash on May 4, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Please push Morkel up in the batting order or replace him with Bollinger

  • V.Ramakrishnan on May 4, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    CSK is making too many mistakes this season. While Vijay,Dhoni have not contributed with the bat,Ashwin and Jakati have done nothing noteworthy with the ball.Even the present position is due to responsible contribution from the overseas recruits.Just because CSK have bought Jadeja for more than 2 million USD,it does not mean that he cannot be replaced.Certainly,players who had done well earlier,like Vignesh should be given a chance.Team balance and contribution from all players resulted in 2 IPL crowns. Sadly,the team looks a pale shadow of the first few years.It will be a miracle if CSK reaches the semifinals,especially when teams like DD,KKR and KINGS XI have performed extremely well. However,as an ardent CSK fan,I still feel that CSK will sneak into the semis and raise the bar thereafter to win the trophy for the 3rd time in a row.

  • samitha on May 4, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    i think kula..must comeback channai team.because they are lack of good quality past bowler.may be bolinger isn't wrk.and albe needs good support.

  • kannan on May 4, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Raina, Dhoni and Kohli are tired after playing matches all around the globe.... so they are not able to make a good score in IPL. They will struggle in The international series which follows the IPL, because they will be even more tired by playing nonstop IPL.

  • Sudaman on May 4, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    This is just statistics to fill a page. While it speaks a certain bit of truth about M Vijay which is rather coincidental than anything, it is all just numbers for others. I am for one who loves statistics but not to interpret a state of a sports team. There are more than what numbers can reveal especially in sports world. Statistics such as this should be kept for the business world.

  • Rajeev Sahni on May 4, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    IPL-2012

    WHAT INDIAN CRICKET AND NATION SHOULD EXPECT HUGELY FROM IPL IS THAT FROM ALL FORMS OF CRICKET AT DOMESTIC LEVEL OUR COUNTRY SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIND NEW ASPIRING AND FRESH BREED OF YOUNG CRICKETERS WITH ASTONISHING TALENT.

    OUR TEAM DESPERATELY NEEDS FURIOUS PACE ATTACK BATTERY ABLE TO DELIVER EVERY SINGLE BALL AT A PACE OF 145-150 CASE.BUT OUR SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR NO REASON TEACH THEM LINE AND LENGTH WHICH SHOULD AUTOMATICALLY WILL BECOME PART OF A CRICKETER IF HE IS CONSISTENTLY PLAYING WITH PASSION AND PRIDE TO BE PART OF THIS TEAM.

    WE HAD COMMENTS FROM WASIM AND WAQAR WHERE THEY CATEGORICALLY TEACH PACE AS FIRST ATTRIBUTE THAN INSWING/OUTSWING/REVERSE SWING AND OTHER VARIETIES IN BOWLING AUTOMATICALLY COMES HANDY LATER ON.

    AJINKYA RAHANE/MANVINDER BISLA/RAJAT BHATIA/RP SINGH'S GOOD FORM/PANKAJ SINGH/NEGI/SHIKHAR DHAWAN'S FEARLESS PLAY/MANDEEP SINGH HAVE IMPRESSED ME WITH THE KIND OF TALENT/ATTITUDE AND MATURED INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE RARING TO BE PART OF SQUAD.

  • Sainath Ramakrishnan on May 4, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    CSK has a decent spin bowling attack.....so may be they cud drop jakati n pick vijay to make the batting strong and send him down the order to finish the innings.....the spin will be still strong with ash jadu and raina....and that vijay has had rest for sometime will may be make a gud come back....

  • alwyn on May 4, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    dhoni - u send opening batsmasn as du plessis(striker), non striker albie morkel.....

  • Anonymous on May 4, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    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.Mike Hussey & Anirudha Srikkanth has to be the openers.Anirudha srikkanth has to be included.

  • hari on May 4, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Chennai Batting Line-up should be : Mukund, Badri (openers) Hussey Raina DuPlessis Jadeja Bravo Morkel Dhoni Ashwin YoMahesh Hilfenhaus (for Bravo may be a good change)

    Bowlers in squad YoMahesh, Bravo, Morkel (Fast-medium) Ashwin (off-spin), Jadeja (left arm slow), DuPlessis (leg spin) Raina, Badri (part-time off spin)

  • sreeraj on May 4, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    I think albie morkel should be promoted in the batting order.And as well as Dhoni.If CSK have a good partnership in the opening till the 10th over.Then dhoni could come out at no:3 spot and morkel could come next or suresh Raina.

    In the bowling part hilfenaus could be picked instead of Kulasekara or Yo Mahesh can be dropped and we can pick sudeep tyagi for this game.

  • V.Subramanian on May 4, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Hi C

    1.Take bowling first. Or even if you have to bowl next, ensure that every ball is an unplayable ball ( including at least 2 to 3 slower balls every over by fast bowlers)

    2. Bowl to the off side making use of the 'wide line mark', filling the off side heavily and keeping 2 near wide long on and 1 to take care behind the bowler since these are the areas where easily 4s are scored. Pack 3rd man and deep point, where catches are possible.Protect behind the wkt keeper.

    3.Batting: Beware of slower ball. Hit at the last minute only. Make use of the crease and come out and play for fast bowlers, but never to slow bowlers. Every team has 2 good batsmen and so have clear plan to take care of them. Dont take chances with 2 best bowlers in each team. Try to play safe singles or doubles and if possible why not 4s or 6s, but never underestimate. Steyn, Reddy, Mishra are good bowlers, be cautious.

    4. Albie can open, make use of power play.And openers should play upto 15 overs.

  • Jitender on May 4, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    The problem with Chennai is they keep relying on mediocre cricketers like badrinath, Ravinder jadeja, saha and these arent good enough to win you matches when other teams are playing good. And without powerhouse like hayden its very hard especially when dhoni is not batting good. Hard to see them qulaifying for play offs this season, but you may never know.

  • Nair on May 4, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    "On the other hand, the younger Indian batsmen such as , who were expected to dominate the scoring, have been well below par" - looks like you missed out the names here! We all live with deadline pressures!

  • B S Kumar on May 4, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Let's spare a thought for Chennai who have had to contend with that slow and low pitch, where run making is really hard. This same batting line up chased 205 successfully on that super strip being saved for the finals, and hammered 194 in Hyderabad. How can such a line up not fire eventually? Today we will see them come through and peak at the right time.

  • Shan on May 4, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Being a fan of Super kings, i am really worried about CSK batting form.

    Noticebly, MS should play in an aggressive manner, like Gautham and Shewag do. Sometimes, MS plays like 50 over match not always pushing to gaps and take single but hit loose balls to the boundry.

    MS come on, play like a giant.

    Best

    Shan Sri Lanka

  • Ramesh on May 4, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    The performance of the foreign players has been the only saving grace for CSK. The bowling has never been great and this time, the failure of the batsmen has magnified this fact. Ashwin has become predictable, bo linger has lost his touch or maybe it is the lifeless pitches Albie is once in 3 matches performer, jadeja and jakati are lost. The bench strength is not something that CSK can boast of either. Will be surprised if they make to the SF.

  • Anahad on May 3, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    I believe that T20 cricket allows batsmen a freedom of inconsistency for a short period, but the batsmen mentioned above need to get their eye in in one game and i think they can easily find form in the coming matches. What is important for them right now is to try and find the middle of their willows as soon as possible. Raina and Kohli have had decent starts. Badrinath needs to be given a definite job in the batting order. The prime concern rght now for Kolkata is Pathan's form. A wham-bang approach hasn't been working this season as one has seen bowling mature through the years, with the perfecting of slower balls and yorkers. Patience along with a spirit of enterprise have kept Gayle, Gambhir and Veeru going- one needs to adapt quicky, wait for the right oppurtunity and attack only at crunch times in the game. The constant adaptations players need to make n their games, which often result in innovations, i the key of the IPL...

  • Baban deb on May 3, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    I hope csk will win against DC.because they have lost last match.

  • Srivathsa on May 3, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    CSK's batting line-up should be 1.Mukund 2. Bravo 3. Raina 4. Dhoni 5.Hussey 6.Morkel 7. Badrinath 8. Jadega 9. Ashwin 10. Jakathi 11. Bollinger/Hilfenhas

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  • Srivathsa on May 3, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    CSK's batting line-up should be 1.Mukund 2. Bravo 3. Raina 4. Dhoni 5.Hussey 6.Morkel 7. Badrinath 8. Jadega 9. Ashwin 10. Jakathi 11. Bollinger/Hilfenhas

  • Baban deb on May 3, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    I hope csk will win against DC.because they have lost last match.

  • Anahad on May 3, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    I believe that T20 cricket allows batsmen a freedom of inconsistency for a short period, but the batsmen mentioned above need to get their eye in in one game and i think they can easily find form in the coming matches. What is important for them right now is to try and find the middle of their willows as soon as possible. Raina and Kohli have had decent starts. Badrinath needs to be given a definite job in the batting order. The prime concern rght now for Kolkata is Pathan's form. A wham-bang approach hasn't been working this season as one has seen bowling mature through the years, with the perfecting of slower balls and yorkers. Patience along with a spirit of enterprise have kept Gayle, Gambhir and Veeru going- one needs to adapt quicky, wait for the right oppurtunity and attack only at crunch times in the game. The constant adaptations players need to make n their games, which often result in innovations, i the key of the IPL...

  • Ramesh on May 4, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    The performance of the foreign players has been the only saving grace for CSK. The bowling has never been great and this time, the failure of the batsmen has magnified this fact. Ashwin has become predictable, bo linger has lost his touch or maybe it is the lifeless pitches Albie is once in 3 matches performer, jadeja and jakati are lost. The bench strength is not something that CSK can boast of either. Will be surprised if they make to the SF.

  • Shan on May 4, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Being a fan of Super kings, i am really worried about CSK batting form.

    Noticebly, MS should play in an aggressive manner, like Gautham and Shewag do. Sometimes, MS plays like 50 over match not always pushing to gaps and take single but hit loose balls to the boundry.

    MS come on, play like a giant.

    Best

    Shan Sri Lanka

  • B S Kumar on May 4, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Let's spare a thought for Chennai who have had to contend with that slow and low pitch, where run making is really hard. This same batting line up chased 205 successfully on that super strip being saved for the finals, and hammered 194 in Hyderabad. How can such a line up not fire eventually? Today we will see them come through and peak at the right time.

  • Nair on May 4, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    "On the other hand, the younger Indian batsmen such as , who were expected to dominate the scoring, have been well below par" - looks like you missed out the names here! We all live with deadline pressures!

  • Jitender on May 4, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    The problem with Chennai is they keep relying on mediocre cricketers like badrinath, Ravinder jadeja, saha and these arent good enough to win you matches when other teams are playing good. And without powerhouse like hayden its very hard especially when dhoni is not batting good. Hard to see them qulaifying for play offs this season, but you may never know.

  • V.Subramanian on May 4, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Hi C

    1.Take bowling first. Or even if you have to bowl next, ensure that every ball is an unplayable ball ( including at least 2 to 3 slower balls every over by fast bowlers)

    2. Bowl to the off side making use of the 'wide line mark', filling the off side heavily and keeping 2 near wide long on and 1 to take care behind the bowler since these are the areas where easily 4s are scored. Pack 3rd man and deep point, where catches are possible.Protect behind the wkt keeper.

    3.Batting: Beware of slower ball. Hit at the last minute only. Make use of the crease and come out and play for fast bowlers, but never to slow bowlers. Every team has 2 good batsmen and so have clear plan to take care of them. Dont take chances with 2 best bowlers in each team. Try to play safe singles or doubles and if possible why not 4s or 6s, but never underestimate. Steyn, Reddy, Mishra are good bowlers, be cautious.

    4. Albie can open, make use of power play.And openers should play upto 15 overs.

  • sreeraj on May 4, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    I think albie morkel should be promoted in the batting order.And as well as Dhoni.If CSK have a good partnership in the opening till the 10th over.Then dhoni could come out at no:3 spot and morkel could come next or suresh Raina.

    In the bowling part hilfenaus could be picked instead of Kulasekara or Yo Mahesh can be dropped and we can pick sudeep tyagi for this game.