Super Kings v New South Wales, CLT20, Chennai October 4, 2011

Law of Averages 1, Chennai Super Kings 0

After winning three of their first five tournaments, and making the semi-finals and final in the other two, Chennai Super Kings finally succumbed to the law of averages
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Towards the end of the debacle that was the English summer, an SMS joke had become popular among Indian cricket tragics - that every day since April 2 has been Fools' Day for MS Dhoni's supporters.

It was dark humour at its worst, and sidestepped the fact that Dhoni's Chennai fans didn't have it so bad, with a memorable IPL campaign to savour after the World Cup. The Super Kings' abject Champions League defence, however, means his international blues have now extended to his franchise yellows. It also raises the more uncomfortable question of whether, six months after the best moment of his life, Dhoni has completely lost his winning touch.

By the time the last rites were administered - in front of a shell-shocked crowd that did not know what defeat meant until ten days back - the Super Kings were a poor imitation of the champion outfit whose dominance had become almost inevitable. Prior to this tournament, they had made four finals in five tournaments, and were losing semi-finalists in the other. Their last three campaigns had all ended in title wins. Surely there must have been a catch somewhere in the fine-print?

David Warner's mind-boggling century ended the Super Kings' fairytale in violent fashion, but there were warning signs right through the tournament. The consistency of their Indian batsmen - Suresh Raina, M Vijay and S Badrinath - had been the Super Kings' differentiator in the IPL, where other sides struggled to find domestic players good enough to back up international talent. The trio was collectively off the boil this time, managing a combined 158 runs in 12 outings, at an average of just over 13. Michael Hussey and Dwayne Bravo tried to carry the slack through the tournament, but it was always going to be too much.

While the batsmen were a let-down right through, the bowlers chose to misfire on the biggest day. Albie Morkel pulled out on the eve of the game, leaving the attack and the middle-order short-changed. His absence left the onus on Doug Bollinger and R Ashwin, but Warner had audacious plans in store for both. Ashwin came on inside the Powerplay, and Warner immediately unsettled him with a couple of clobbered switch-hits. Ashwin never recovered.

"He was one of their wicket-takers that we had to respect, but I thought why not go after him," Warner said. "We didn't want him to get on top of the batsmen. I thought the best way to go about it was to switch-hit him and make him think, 'Alright, where do I bowl now'. That's exactly what he did, he stopped at the crease and from there I knew he was going to start dragging them short and not pitch them up. We took him out of the equation and another guy had to stand up for them. Fortunately for us, none of them did."

In reality, Warner did not let anyone else do so. The Super Kings' cupboard had remained barren until Bollinger's inspirational arrival midway through the 2010 IPL season. Today he ran into his own men, in whose company he had won the inaugural edition of the Champions League. The team with more New South Welshmen won this battle, as Bollinger was looted for 48 in three overs.

"There's no doubt there's always a good rivalry with one of our players," Simon Katich said. "I am sure the boys probably had the battle in the back of their minds. They wanted to see who would win that battle with Doug and I am sure they wanted to get him!"

CSK may have got away with the odd player or two being off-colour. But for that, they would have needed Dhoni at his inspirational best. They would have needed the Dhoni who smashed Irfan Pathan into the ice-topped Dharamsala hills before jabbing his own helmet in an adrenaline-induced fury during IPL 2010. In his place, they had a mentally and physically jaded, error-prone man. Against Mumbai, he clanged a simple stumping to allow Malinga's match-winning heist. Against T&T, he crawled to 7 off 22 balls in a game that was lost by 12 runs. Against NSW, he was out of ideas against Warner, and out too soon in the chase.

Stephen Fleming, the CSK coach, admitted managing fatigue, especially with Dhoni, Raina and Hussey, was a challenge throughout the event. He also lamented the change in the Chepauk wicket that not only negated the home advantage, but also worked against the Super Kings' brand of cricket. To sum up, he could have just as well used a quote that Dhoni famously made - a few weeks early in hindsight - after India lost the Lord's Test. "Most of the things that could go wrong, did."

In retrospect, the amazing thing is that it took so long for that to happen to this side. Law of Averages 1, Chennai Super Kings 0.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RandyOZ on October 6, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Aussies are king again! yess

  • on October 6, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    CSK's early exit could well be a blessing in disguise for Team India as Dhoni & Raina get much needed rest to focus on the ODI series coming up. With bowlers like Aravind, who was destroyed last night, being picked for India Dhoni and the think-tank really need to plan out strategies to beat the English team which is supremely high on confidence.

  • AidanFX on October 5, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    I like Bollinger but I am glad he was destroyed; can he stop get selected in the Aus team; Tests especially.

  • Sunil2381 on October 5, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    @madras_boy... 'demolition of England and Australia'? Really?

    That said, a captain is only as good as his team, and in some cases - a bad opposition team...Dhoni has been deserted by both over the last 6 months. Its no longer his time to hand the last over to Joginder Sharma, he aint gonna be lucky all his life. Get your act together, pick youngsters, lose some series so you can rise up later and prob do some lesser commercials and keep wickets properly and oh yes, bat a bit too.

  • madras_boy on October 5, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    As a CSK fan, I am Glad we lost the CLT else I will be seeing lot of comments saying everything is fixed etc etc. As Fleming/Dhoni said, it went wrong in all aspects. Dhoni's missed stumping of Malinga and Dhoni's 7 of 22 balls proved FATAL to CSK. Itz high time for Dhoni to rest. He has now got some quality time to rest and concentrate on the demolition of England and Oz.

  • ani_cric on October 5, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    FLUKE DHONI is exposed .....

  • on October 5, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    I'm very glad CSK lost, Dhoni and few of his men will get good rest before English series... Lot of people have started commenting about Dhoni being lucky, which every captain in the world can be said of - Waugh or Ponting or Fleming or Vaughan... Dhoni has certain skills which are very suited for the Indian team and hence he was winning. Recent flops were purely due to non-performances and injuries and fatigure due to overdose of cricket. A simple rest may not bring it back to winning terms but that's the challenge India team has to go through....

  • Raj12345 on October 5, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    This is my long term argument. Both Dhoni & Raina riding comfortably because of others performance. They can score only runs when Bowler like Irfan bowls. If there is quality bowler, then these flat track bullies never score runs. All 3 top mens ( Srini, Chikka & Dhoni) should go away as of now from Indian cricket. Oh my god how safely Raina in ODIs & Test. This is really joke.

  • A.Ak on October 5, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    They must be tired of winning. The reason why I am saying this is simple. When you are winning, you are not sure where/what to improve. CSK are too good, the real champions.They often play with settled unchanged 11. Same think with team India. ODI champions, Test no.1 , got stuck, not sure where to improve, suddenly in no time, all went out of the hand. It is really good that it happened, because now they can re-group. Now Dhoni got 10 days rest, before lading team India which must to do some retaliation.

  • r.rajasekkar on October 5, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    It's too stupid to criticize Dhoni for these failures,Even though he is a captain with midas touch @ the end of the day,he is a Common man to have this phase of life. Think of the way he mold the team for WC winning strategy,Definitely he is the man of the millennium for Indian Cricket.A successful leader is a one who knows his strength & weakness. In that way Dhoni knows what to do & what not to.. So instead of say what went wrong,try to focus to back him up, Because at the end of the day this what our honorable captain expect from us i.e fans support & motivation to win the match

  • RandyOZ on October 6, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Aussies are king again! yess

  • on October 6, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    CSK's early exit could well be a blessing in disguise for Team India as Dhoni & Raina get much needed rest to focus on the ODI series coming up. With bowlers like Aravind, who was destroyed last night, being picked for India Dhoni and the think-tank really need to plan out strategies to beat the English team which is supremely high on confidence.

  • AidanFX on October 5, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    I like Bollinger but I am glad he was destroyed; can he stop get selected in the Aus team; Tests especially.

  • Sunil2381 on October 5, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    @madras_boy... 'demolition of England and Australia'? Really?

    That said, a captain is only as good as his team, and in some cases - a bad opposition team...Dhoni has been deserted by both over the last 6 months. Its no longer his time to hand the last over to Joginder Sharma, he aint gonna be lucky all his life. Get your act together, pick youngsters, lose some series so you can rise up later and prob do some lesser commercials and keep wickets properly and oh yes, bat a bit too.

  • madras_boy on October 5, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    As a CSK fan, I am Glad we lost the CLT else I will be seeing lot of comments saying everything is fixed etc etc. As Fleming/Dhoni said, it went wrong in all aspects. Dhoni's missed stumping of Malinga and Dhoni's 7 of 22 balls proved FATAL to CSK. Itz high time for Dhoni to rest. He has now got some quality time to rest and concentrate on the demolition of England and Oz.

  • ani_cric on October 5, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    FLUKE DHONI is exposed .....

  • on October 5, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    I'm very glad CSK lost, Dhoni and few of his men will get good rest before English series... Lot of people have started commenting about Dhoni being lucky, which every captain in the world can be said of - Waugh or Ponting or Fleming or Vaughan... Dhoni has certain skills which are very suited for the Indian team and hence he was winning. Recent flops were purely due to non-performances and injuries and fatigure due to overdose of cricket. A simple rest may not bring it back to winning terms but that's the challenge India team has to go through....

  • Raj12345 on October 5, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    This is my long term argument. Both Dhoni & Raina riding comfortably because of others performance. They can score only runs when Bowler like Irfan bowls. If there is quality bowler, then these flat track bullies never score runs. All 3 top mens ( Srini, Chikka & Dhoni) should go away as of now from Indian cricket. Oh my god how safely Raina in ODIs & Test. This is really joke.

  • A.Ak on October 5, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    They must be tired of winning. The reason why I am saying this is simple. When you are winning, you are not sure where/what to improve. CSK are too good, the real champions.They often play with settled unchanged 11. Same think with team India. ODI champions, Test no.1 , got stuck, not sure where to improve, suddenly in no time, all went out of the hand. It is really good that it happened, because now they can re-group. Now Dhoni got 10 days rest, before lading team India which must to do some retaliation.

  • r.rajasekkar on October 5, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    It's too stupid to criticize Dhoni for these failures,Even though he is a captain with midas touch @ the end of the day,he is a Common man to have this phase of life. Think of the way he mold the team for WC winning strategy,Definitely he is the man of the millennium for Indian Cricket.A successful leader is a one who knows his strength & weakness. In that way Dhoni knows what to do & what not to.. So instead of say what went wrong,try to focus to back him up, Because at the end of the day this what our honorable captain expect from us i.e fans support & motivation to win the match

  • on October 5, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that coaching has been poor for this series. Bollinger seems to be out of gas. Jakati was clueless and didnt know the line or length. Ashwin has got into a bad habit of using a carrom ball as his stock ball. These are technical issues. and can be sorted out if fleming done his job properly. Dhoni has run out of ideas and seemed to be a bystander rather than a commander.I cant imagine Bollinger and Jakati bowling rubbish short balls.I also find that the team itself does not have a local standby spinner. That is rubbish team selection in subcontinental conditions. Maybe warner was lucky or Jakati was unlucky yesterday and CSK paid the price. But even otherwise all through the tournament they didnt look like a team prepared to win.they let Mumbai off the hook, They let T&T of the hook and they let NSW of the hook. In fact the win against cape cobras was due to a bravo blitz and CSK had no right to qualify for the next round. Better luck(plan/coach) next time

  • AidanFX on October 5, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    I've always considered MS Dhoni and average player and nothing has changed my mind. India need a new captain, watch them continue to decline if he stays there.

  • SunsCricket on October 5, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Even if CSK Loses, say another 5 seasons, or India loses the next 5 series, MS Dhoni is pretty safe in his Captaincy Role. His poor Batting & ordinary keeping is not a surprise at all, just because his elevation to the Captaincy was not based on his performance. Now his real Luck still remains in tact that his CSK manager is the Indian Selectors Chairman, and CSK Owner is the BCCI President. So Dhoni can continue with scoring one innings with 50 odd, per Year.

  • CricFreax on October 5, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    CSK never had good bowling talent except Ashwin and a bit of Bravo. All others were average bowlers only. They were winning just by their batting strength and choking the chasing team in middle overs. CSK bowlers did not use their brains when the pitch was not favouring them. They did not think or try to do anything different like varying the pace or slow yorkers etc. Like horse with blinders they were just bowing the same lenghts and lot pf short balls, They did not have specialized seam bowlers. Part timers should have given only one or max of two overs. I feel Dhoni is not good at team selections and does not know much about pitch to bowlers selection. These things only costed them. I think the bowlers should learn how to bowl in pitch which doesnt suit them and batsmen should learn to play and not hit each and every ball

  • Naresh28 on October 5, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    BCCI/Selectors are to blame Dhoni was supposed to be having a break after England. Instead he was at it again. His toss,captaincy and luck has deserted him. He should now be rested for ENgland ODI series. Gambhir could take over. Raina also needs a break. There are sufficient youngsters for batting slots. The bowling could be better with the addition of OJHA - the left armer. Rahul Sharma should be in the team as well. Varun has been tried in th ROI vs Rajasthan match. Yadav seems to be a better wickettaker than Varun. India came out tops in th Emerging tournament in Australia and are currently tops in the U19 here in India.

  • Bobby614 on October 5, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    this is a proof of how LUCKY dhoni was, all these years. He was gifted with high-quality Senior players.. now they are fading away.. and so is Dhoni.. Nothing surprising to me either. Dhoni's luck seems to be running out. Greg Chappel might be interested in mentoring him.

  • on October 5, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    I want India to thrash England. Who cares about CSK?

  • hattima on October 5, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    @jonathanjosephs Your idea about coin tossing is not quite correct. It's 50-50 in 'ideal' situations, but in practice you can manipulate it any way you want. A famous probability professor from Stanford used to give demonstrations of that in his popular lectures! I also remember Sunil Gavaskar mentioningduring one commentary session that he used to practice calling coins, you can do that by looking at the way way the coin is held, the spin of the coin etc. Of course there would still be a chance factor involved, but it can be better than 50-50 in your favour if you practice.

  • on October 5, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    CSK was fortunate enough 2 hav gifted overseas players like HUSSEY , MORKEL , BOLLINGER n best INDIAN players like DHONI , RAINA n domestic talents in d form f BADRINATH , VIJAY , ASHWIN

    this tym they hav lost their luck... tht they had in previous tournaments. MSD shud change his squad...

    even though players like BADRINATH , VIJAY r talented, at present they r out f form.

    CSK should giv chance to players like ANIRUDHA Srikkanth , Abhinav MUKUND n Yomi MAHESH should be in for JAKATI...

    if they make these changes CSK will be an unbeatable team

  • on October 5, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Dhoni needs a vacation, he been playing cricket non-stop. he should take rest for a while. CSK still rocks

  • on October 5, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    CSK have won everything and more that could be won in Club Championships,So it doesnt matter losing one time......CSK Will Be Back !!!!

  • FAB_ALI on October 5, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    DHONI NEEDS REST!!!!It is as simple is this. He has not been allowed any and it is showing off in the results. The selectors must think of giving him rest against the West Indies or may be the last 3 matches against Eng also. He should not be back before Australia Tour.

  • on October 5, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs.. Okay.. if u say the innings of Bravo as a luck on Dhoni's side, wt abt d innings of Malinga and Cooper(far lesser batsman to Bravo's Calibre).. hope u wud agree that if not for Malinga and Cooper, CSK wud hv won those games.. So, do u also say CSK's 2 losses are ONLY coz of bad luck..?? Give credit where it is due man..

  • on October 5, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    too much is expected from dhoni not only fans but also organisers..hence this result

  • on October 5, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    thank god csk lose and sorry dhoni your luck is over now please sit in home and watch england beat 5-0 again in 0di

  • RGRG on October 5, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Happy Birthday machi ;)

  • on October 5, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    yes one time all think only Dhoni Luck for CSK u should play u r game, better next time CSK,Like vijay,bhadrinath,saha, jakarti , this are only IPL player ( imean alak bulak ) not like Hussy,Raina or Brove , if u want win like this compition u should win i am happy that CSK out of the torrnament,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Best of Luck Dhoni In ODI agianst England

  • johnathonjosephs on October 5, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    the way i see it Dhoni's Luck: 10 Reality Bites: 8 Dhoni has been running out of luck for the last couple months. It is almost impossible to even contemplate that the strongest team on paper (Raina, Vijay, in form Hussey, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni, Bollinger, Ashwin, Jakati, Albie Morkel, Badrinath) won only one game, and that also out of luck (if not for Bravo's one handed innings, Chennai wouldn't have won a single game). Some insane people here on the board. One person mentioned that Dhoni should practice coin tosses....... i hope everybody knows there's a 50/50 chance each time you do so and nothing (not even practicing for 10 years straight) will help you in any way

  • Selva_247 on October 5, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    I see Lot of People saying People Prefer club more than country. I think its not fair. Almost all indians when they get a job abroad with more Remuneration they go and never think that they should stay back in india because its their home nation and they never bring patriotism into picture. When it comes to individuals who have commented above they never think about patriotism when they have to make a decision. But they feel all others except them should be patriotic. For us Cricket is entertainment. For those who are plaing its a profession and obviously as you and me do they shift their job when they get better renumeration. I am a hard core fan of CSK just because i feel only CSK play as a team amongst the IPL teams. The player who has been benched for 3 years dont complain as in case of other teams. I feel they live the game no matter they win or loose just like the T&T team. I started loving T&T for the same attitude they show as CSK.

  • Sandman5five on October 5, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    I am so happy this happened. I wish even RCB doesn't make the semis, and Mumbai gets clobbered in them. Please God make that happen. Then after seeing their pet IPL teams getting thrashed, may be the BCCI will realize that the 'over cricket' can not only hurt Team India, but in turn kill their cash cows as well. Then, may be, we might see a sensible tour schedule for Team India.

  • on October 5, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    I think Dhoni's luck is running out. Who in India would treat W. Saha as a pure batsman even in Bengal Ranji team he is played as a specialist wicketkeeper and come at 6 down and here he was played as batsman by CSK and in some matches he even came above Dhoni who is supposed to be best batsman in shorter version of game. If not test matches surely Dhoni can come 1st down in 20-20 and one-day cricket. His wicketkeeping was never that grt he was preferred over others because of his attacking batting, if he going do be adamant that he will bat down so low, then i think that day is not far when Dhoni will be out of team. Did Gilchrist ever came low down in one-day never, did he ever abandoned his batting style never. So if Dhoni wants to survive then he has to think where he is going wrong. Moreover, he should have taken rest after England and should not have played this stupid league, no one is watching these matches ratings are at all time low and he wants rest from Indian team not CL

  • Sakthiivel on October 5, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    We are always with CSK. If they won or loss. Dhoni will prove that luck doesnt matter in cricket in coming eng series. Lions will roar again soon..

  • on October 5, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    It is David Warner's Day.

  • RGRG on October 5, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    True that the law of averages has finally caught up with CSK ,but what heartens to see is the team's reaction (or the lack of it) to both victory and defeat. One always felt, throughout their incredible run, they did not celebrate as much as what one would expect from a typical IPL franchise. And its now totally not surprising that they are not punishing the players as much for this unfortunate performance. The coach is in fact protecting the captain and I have not yet heard any 'hurting' remark from the franchise owners so far. Not only 'humanoid' Dhoni but also players like Hussey, Murali (formerly), Raina and the team management should be credited for it. IPL recognized an important award in their games - "Fair play" but should there be an award for "professional conduct promoting the gentleman's game" , CSK should be nominated for it for standing out and distinguishing the game from a reality show that most of the other IPL teams are desperately trying to make.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on October 5, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Doesn't matter MSD embrace the bad times with the joy of good times One things for sure u will never ever see too much estacy of joy of sorrow of loss in dhoni he still heeps his silent mode on win or lose

  • MeeraKrishna on October 5, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    I think the English cricket team is moving in the right direction..they have created bigger pool of talented players, appointed 3 diff skippers for all the 3 formats, resting key players after every long series..very similar to the Aus teams of the past..BCCI should learn quickly to move on..player pool has to be based on good fielding as a prerequsite and not accept what comes with good batsmen / bowler...Even yesterday Jakati,s dropped catch of Warner proved to be really very costly..hope to see India and CSK rocking back again soon..

  • on October 5, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    MS dhoni finally understood not every bowler is irfan pathan to give him a juicy half volley slow ball to hit out of the park

  • on October 5, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    @Dinesh Kalyanasundaram: Well said.

  • harshalb on October 5, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    What was Dhoni doing in CLT20 instead of taking rest and preparing for the forthcoming England ODI series and the tour of Australia? Is India in picture anywhere?

  • Meety on October 5, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    @lokphy - mate I don't think its ".. excessive cricket.." in this case. Maybe if you consider some of Dhoni's comments in the West Indies were due to back to back campaigns, but Dhoni's problem is stemming from the carnage that was the tour of England. He does need a break, but that's to get positive again. Other Indian players will be in the same boat & this could spell disaster on the Oz tour for India. I think Dravid & SRT are almost immune to the effects of what happenned in England, but the rest will need to start well in Oz or else. A won series v England in ODIs MAY go some of the way to fixing things, a loss will be compounding though!!!!!

  • on October 5, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    no complaints...well played csk....we are always with you

  • on October 5, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Am glad CSK and MSD's misery has come to an end in this tournament... They were pathetic even when they won their single game... Not the same CSK team, that their supporters know of. Now, lets see what the other 3 indian teams do in here :)

  • Mad_Mahi on October 5, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    I have seen when the whole team fails, dhoni stand alone to take the team home with his batting or innovative captaincy or a brilliant wicket keeping dismissal or all the three, and to add to this a winning streak of winning tosses. Nowadays its pathetic to see him not winning tosses for a start, running out of ideas in the field & struggling to score runs. Better dhoni take a rest for about six months and grow your hair and along with it build your confidence and returning back to Indian team. Don't forget to practice with coin to win the tosses,(I have heard him say in a match presentation he practices a lot to win tosses at the beginning of his captaincy career). Lets hope your luck changes.

  • on October 5, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    iam very happy that csk has lost, it means dhoni his members will get some rest ahead of england series... a blessing in disguise...

  • lokphy on October 5, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    This suggests excessive cricket can drain your mind so that you can make silly mistakes in a simple match... This is exactly happened to dhoni and his team india mate. I am sure if these guys had rest between eng tour and champions league they would have performed lot better. This is warning to BCCI to think about managing players and allow them proper rest and relax before a competitive tournament... hope they would realize this.. otherwise we will loose many great and good players...

  • Ravs1504 on October 5, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    will dhoni be complaining now .. oh we played too much cricket.. i had admired dhoni for long but since few months he become really stubborn with his ideas and logics.. eg in England.. he kept trying the bowlers over and over again.. Munaf was not even tried in England and he chose his friend RP Singh who cannot even compete with a club bowler..

  • on October 5, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    The way I see it - Law of averages 1 CSK - 17. There's a long way for LOA to catch up - not that I am hoping that it will.

  • Raju_Iyer on October 4, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Hey Sundar, don't make a mountain out of a few molehills like the missed stumping. And don't forget that as Dhoni proved in the ODI series, he has not lost his touch as a batsman or for that matter, I can't recall any tactical blunders as captain. If you feel it is amazing that the law of averages took so long, then surely you are paying a left handed compliment to the greatness of this side...

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  • Raju_Iyer on October 4, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Hey Sundar, don't make a mountain out of a few molehills like the missed stumping. And don't forget that as Dhoni proved in the ODI series, he has not lost his touch as a batsman or for that matter, I can't recall any tactical blunders as captain. If you feel it is amazing that the law of averages took so long, then surely you are paying a left handed compliment to the greatness of this side...

  • on October 5, 2011, 0:11 GMT

    The way I see it - Law of averages 1 CSK - 17. There's a long way for LOA to catch up - not that I am hoping that it will.

  • Ravs1504 on October 5, 2011, 0:30 GMT

    will dhoni be complaining now .. oh we played too much cricket.. i had admired dhoni for long but since few months he become really stubborn with his ideas and logics.. eg in England.. he kept trying the bowlers over and over again.. Munaf was not even tried in England and he chose his friend RP Singh who cannot even compete with a club bowler..

  • lokphy on October 5, 2011, 1:04 GMT

    This suggests excessive cricket can drain your mind so that you can make silly mistakes in a simple match... This is exactly happened to dhoni and his team india mate. I am sure if these guys had rest between eng tour and champions league they would have performed lot better. This is warning to BCCI to think about managing players and allow them proper rest and relax before a competitive tournament... hope they would realize this.. otherwise we will loose many great and good players...

  • on October 5, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    iam very happy that csk has lost, it means dhoni his members will get some rest ahead of england series... a blessing in disguise...

  • Mad_Mahi on October 5, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    I have seen when the whole team fails, dhoni stand alone to take the team home with his batting or innovative captaincy or a brilliant wicket keeping dismissal or all the three, and to add to this a winning streak of winning tosses. Nowadays its pathetic to see him not winning tosses for a start, running out of ideas in the field & struggling to score runs. Better dhoni take a rest for about six months and grow your hair and along with it build your confidence and returning back to Indian team. Don't forget to practice with coin to win the tosses,(I have heard him say in a match presentation he practices a lot to win tosses at the beginning of his captaincy career). Lets hope your luck changes.

  • on October 5, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Am glad CSK and MSD's misery has come to an end in this tournament... They were pathetic even when they won their single game... Not the same CSK team, that their supporters know of. Now, lets see what the other 3 indian teams do in here :)

  • on October 5, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    no complaints...well played csk....we are always with you

  • Meety on October 5, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    @lokphy - mate I don't think its ".. excessive cricket.." in this case. Maybe if you consider some of Dhoni's comments in the West Indies were due to back to back campaigns, but Dhoni's problem is stemming from the carnage that was the tour of England. He does need a break, but that's to get positive again. Other Indian players will be in the same boat & this could spell disaster on the Oz tour for India. I think Dravid & SRT are almost immune to the effects of what happenned in England, but the rest will need to start well in Oz or else. A won series v England in ODIs MAY go some of the way to fixing things, a loss will be compounding though!!!!!

  • harshalb on October 5, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    What was Dhoni doing in CLT20 instead of taking rest and preparing for the forthcoming England ODI series and the tour of Australia? Is India in picture anywhere?