May 26, 2012

Newsfile IPL 2012

Newsfile: May 26

ESPNcricinfo staff

Feel like it is our time again - du Plessis: Faf du Plessis, the Chennai Super Kings batsman, has said the side's leadership and experience of having won titles are the reasons they perform strongly in crunch games. Super Kings crushed Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils comfortably in the playoffs to make their third straight IPL final, and their fourth in five seasons of the tournament.

"I think it comes from the leadership; [Stephen] Fleming [the coach] is good with the big games and also MS [Dhoni]," du Plessis told iplt20.com. "MS has played in a lot of big tournaments and has won the World Cup. So, he is pretty cool when it comes to that and most of the players now have the same feeling. Most of the guys in CSK have been here for a couple of years and we have won those trophies, so when we get to this stage of the competition, we have got this sense of calmness and maybe the other teams feel a bit of pressure that we have won silverware.

"I was the first one to say that we are lucky to make it to the semi-finals. We shouldn't have been here. But since we are here, the team's confidence has grown massively. It's starting to feel like it is our time again for us to do three in a row. You definitely need luck in all sports and we have had a lot of luck, but now we are playing our best cricket and that is most important."

Gambhir the hardest to bowl at - Morne Morkel: Gautam Gambhir has been the most difficult batsman to bowl at in IPL 2012, according to Morne Morkel, the leading wicket-taker so far this season. "He has always been a quality player and went into this tournament with an excellent plan," Morkel told the Times of India. "He has mixed caution with aggression quite beautifully and that has worked well for him." Chris Gayle, the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman, is by far the highest run-getter this season, but Gambhir has been instrumental in leading Kolkata Knight Riders to the final with six half-centuries on his way to 588 runs at a strike-rate of 144.47.

Morne Morkel to cheer for Super Kings: Now that Delhi Daredevils are out of the IPL after losing to Chennai Super Kings, Morkel said that he would be supporting the latter in the final against Knight Riders. "One reason for supporting CSK will be Albie [Morne's brother, who plays for Super Kings]," Morkel told iplt20.com. Also, we lost to KKR in Pune [in the first qualifier], so I am supporting CSK all the way, and I am hoping they lift the trophy."

Gambhir gave me the confidence - Yusuf: There is more praise coming Gambhir's way, this time from a team-mate. Yusuf Pathan has credited Gambhir, his Knight Riders captain, for supporting him during his string of low scores earlier this season. Yusuf had just one knock above 25 in 14 innings but came good in the first qualifier match against Delhi Daredevils, his unbeaten 40 off 21 deliveries taking Knight Riders to their maiden IPL final. "I was batting well in the nets," Yusuf told the Indian Express. "But the runs were not coming. It can happen in this format of the game. I was never under any pressure as Gautam always gave me the confidence. He told me I was just one innings away from returning to form. He has been fantastic as a leader and I am happy that I could justify the faith he showed in me."

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Posted by chithin on (May 27, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

dhoni uses his brains thats why they came to finals

Posted by shahul on (May 27, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

@Anish Konar Mind that RCB and CSK had equal points. If chennai had won the match against mumbai it would be in a well deserved place to the playoffs. Its not that chennai doesnt deserve the title. whatever be the league status, first two teams have two chances and they need to win just one to make it to the final. But chennai being placed at 4th, it had to beat two top teams. this itself shows the quality of the team.

The purpose of league match is to find four teams for playoffs. Chennai did it. The purpose of playoffs is to beat opponent to move to finals. If other teams cannot do it against a team which is placed below then in league, how can they be better?

Posted by anil on (May 27, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

@Yusuf comment - I Guess Gambhir does not have a choice. It is the Owner SRK choice. So enjoy it. Does not matter even if you perform in 1 game throughout the toutney. If Gambhir wants to keep his job, he better shower praises on you when ever he can. LOL!

Posted by Prabhakar on (May 27, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

What Morne is trying to say is that he didn't mind the trashing against CSK bcoz he was nor part of the playing 11!!!

Posted by sundaresan on (May 27, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

what do you mean lucky, csk but 17 points on the board and mumbai 19 points. luck is 1% and the rest is 99%. the two big wins is enough to show csk is not made up of luck but a top quality teams. the teams who have won in last over are all lucky only. stop this talk of luck time and again acknowledge that csk is a good team. let the best team on that day win.

Posted by Noor on (May 27, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

all talking about csk's luck but forget about cummulative performance result which is csk performed well than rcb or rr or kxip

Posted by pravin on (May 27, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

I dont want KKR to win and ok with anyone who wins apart from KKR. Because, I want Shahrukh not to win IPL. He is good with moives should remain like that...

Posted by Murali on (May 27, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

CSK got enough points for qualifying for the playoff's, didn't they? CSK didn't design the schedule, so they had to hope three results went their way to make the playoffs. Kings XI Punjab just weren't good enough to beat Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore weren't good enough to beat bottom-placed Deccan Chargers. What's luck got to do with it? If it was luck they would have lost in the eliminator's but they thrashed MI and DD was floored. CSK will lift the cup the third time. Wait, watch and applaud the champions.

Posted by Ikram on (May 27, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

@ Anish >> Luck might have favored them to enter the playoffs.. true.. but was it pure luck again that took them to finals? It was their sheer brilliance!! No team plays better than CSK when it comes to crunch games. They're destined to win IPL!

Posted by GURU on (May 27, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Today is CSK day...CSK will make hat-trick this time and this record cannot be beaten by any team in IPL history.

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