Indian Premier League 2012 April 1, 2012

Chargers bank on batting, fresh faces

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Deccan Chargers have been one of the least controversial teams in the IPL. Unlike other franchises, they have been relatively free of court cases, litigations, suspensions, disputes, off-field dramas. They've had their share of success, winning the 2009 IPL after a shoddy opening season. They reached the semi-finals in 2010 with the same set-up.

However, they fell apart again last year when the teams were reshuffled. They finished seventh, failing to qualify for the knockouts. The side lacked the dynamism of Adam Gilchrist, who scripted the remarkable turnaround in 2009. With him went other star performers in Andrew Symonds, Rohit Sharma, Herschelle Gibbs and RP Singh. The new-look squad was captained by Kumar Sangakkara, and assisted by the Australian Cameron White, who had a poor season. Deccan ended the first-half of their campaign last year with three wins and four losses. They ended the tournament with three consecutive wins but it wasn't enough to progress. Still, six wins and eight defeats highlighted an ordinary season for the former champions.

They begin this edition as one of the weaker teams, on balance. Much would depend on the foreign players and Sangakkara will have to lead the way. There were no million-dollar buys in the auction, with their costliest signing being Parthiv Patel for US$650,000. They did, however, stretch Chennai Super Kings in the bid for Ravindra Jadeja. Deccan were edged out in the secret tie-breaker (locked at $2million). Their coach, Darren Lehmann, says batting will be their strength this year. He says that that the number of fresh faces in the squad could work to their advantage because the opposition wouldn't know what to expect. Looking back at 2011, he wants the team to start well this time.

Key players


Cameron White: The former Australia Twenty20 captain didn't have a memorable campaign last year, scoring only 104 runs in six innings. He didn't have a great time in the Big Bash League either, with just 55 runs from eight games. He needs to turn it around to justify his purchase.

Amit Mishra: The absence of Pragyan Ojha hands the lead-spinner role to Mishra. He was the leading wicket-taker for Deccan last season, with 19. Dropped from the Indian team, this IPL could be the platform to stage a comeback.

Big names in


Darren Bravo: The stylish West Indies batsman was one of the franchise's key overseas signings, for $100,000. His form during West Indies' visit to India stood out, as much as his similarity to Brian Lara. However, he hasn't been in the best of form with West Indies of late.

Big names out


Ishant Sharma: The fast bowler will be sitting out of the IPL to recover from an ankle surgery. He put off the surgery for almost a year, but decided to go ahead with it after the Australia Tests. His franchise will miss him, but it could be beneficial for him in the long run, given India's commitments later in the year.

Pragyan Ojha: The left-arm spinner was one of the Chargers' leading bowlers, with 62 wickets in four seasons. However, he transferred to Mumbai Indians earlier this year. He also had a good Test series against West Indies at home last year.

Below the radar


Ishank Jaggi: The Jharkhand right-hand batsman got just two games last season and didn't impress. However, he has the reputation of making big scores and can go for the big hits.

Ashish Reddy: The Hyderabad seamer was identified by Lehmann as one of the promising young players to watch. Reddy was the leading wicket-taker for Hyderabad in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy, with 11 wickets.

Availability

Bravo could be out of action till the end of April, if picked for the Tests against Australia.

Sangakkara will be available for all games except the opening match, due to his Test commitments against England. The South Africans and Australians in the squad don't have any national commitments.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 4, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    dr.harris should play . he is the most attacking opener of australia...c'mon daniel harris

  • bluebillion on April 4, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    I hope TP Sudhindra gets a good run this IPL. He has been impressive over the last 2 domestic seasons and India need a good fast bowler.

  • class9ryan on April 4, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    My team for DC when every1 is available - 1. Dhawan 2. Parthiv / Ishank Jaggi 3. Sangakkara 4.Duminy 5.Tanmay Mishra 6. Dan Christian 7. Samantray/ Dwaraka Ravi Teja 8. Amit Mishra 9.Gony 10.Steyn 11.Ashish Reddy

  • on April 3, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Deccan chargers might have already got their amount back by selling Ojha, Peterson, RO, Harmeet, Venu .. Developing players and selling them for High to other franchises seem to be the motto of DC..

  • on April 3, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    team should be 1.Parthiv 2.Shikhar 3.christion 4.harris 5.Duminy 6.Sohel 7.Zunzunwala 8.Steyn 9.Amit mishra 10.Gony 11.Reddy

    After half session they should add Sanga /Derron Bravo/Lynn/white

  • harish247 on April 3, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    cameron white is not needed to final elevan the overseas players will be sanga,duminy,christian,steyn if any absence theron and bravo

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 2, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    @suko99: Don't be so ignorant. The Indian team's test defeats has more to do with poor planning, lack of fitness, fatigue etc than one and half month of IPL. Remember that last year was a grueling and emotional year for Indians and the national team. We won the world cup and then jumped straight into high octane IPL season in just a week's time. That can drain any person. Then after a few days following the IPL, the Indian team went to the Caribbean and from there straight to a full tour of England. How can you expect a team to perform decently let alone win convincingly when the BCCI are the ones to blame ? I am sure the Indian team are doing everything they can to improve their chances overseas in the future. The IPL is a totally different kind of ball game. It's T20 cricket at its BEST. Besides it's not just Indian players in the IPL. South Africans, Australians, Sri Lankans etc all participate in the league.

  • stutidutta on April 2, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Take my words:- Odisha player Biplab Samantray is going to make an impact in this IPL soon...he may be the best all rounder for DC...yes can even overtake Dan Christian,Duminy......he has got the raw talent .....I plead Sanga just 2 give him a chance n see wat he can deliver

  • suko99 on April 2, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Who cares that the indian cricket is in trouble. BRING ON THE IPL. indian fans will forget all the recent defeats & start cheering their franchises. players make ton of money . Everybody is happy... yippeeeeee

  • harish247 on April 2, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    the team wil be parthiv,dawan,sanga,raviteja,akshat reddy|sohal,duminy,christian,steyn,amit mishra,ashish reddy,goni

  • on April 4, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    dr.harris should play . he is the most attacking opener of australia...c'mon daniel harris

  • bluebillion on April 4, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    I hope TP Sudhindra gets a good run this IPL. He has been impressive over the last 2 domestic seasons and India need a good fast bowler.

  • class9ryan on April 4, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    My team for DC when every1 is available - 1. Dhawan 2. Parthiv / Ishank Jaggi 3. Sangakkara 4.Duminy 5.Tanmay Mishra 6. Dan Christian 7. Samantray/ Dwaraka Ravi Teja 8. Amit Mishra 9.Gony 10.Steyn 11.Ashish Reddy

  • on April 3, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Deccan chargers might have already got their amount back by selling Ojha, Peterson, RO, Harmeet, Venu .. Developing players and selling them for High to other franchises seem to be the motto of DC..

  • on April 3, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    team should be 1.Parthiv 2.Shikhar 3.christion 4.harris 5.Duminy 6.Sohel 7.Zunzunwala 8.Steyn 9.Amit mishra 10.Gony 11.Reddy

    After half session they should add Sanga /Derron Bravo/Lynn/white

  • harish247 on April 3, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    cameron white is not needed to final elevan the overseas players will be sanga,duminy,christian,steyn if any absence theron and bravo

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 2, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    @suko99: Don't be so ignorant. The Indian team's test defeats has more to do with poor planning, lack of fitness, fatigue etc than one and half month of IPL. Remember that last year was a grueling and emotional year for Indians and the national team. We won the world cup and then jumped straight into high octane IPL season in just a week's time. That can drain any person. Then after a few days following the IPL, the Indian team went to the Caribbean and from there straight to a full tour of England. How can you expect a team to perform decently let alone win convincingly when the BCCI are the ones to blame ? I am sure the Indian team are doing everything they can to improve their chances overseas in the future. The IPL is a totally different kind of ball game. It's T20 cricket at its BEST. Besides it's not just Indian players in the IPL. South Africans, Australians, Sri Lankans etc all participate in the league.

  • stutidutta on April 2, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Take my words:- Odisha player Biplab Samantray is going to make an impact in this IPL soon...he may be the best all rounder for DC...yes can even overtake Dan Christian,Duminy......he has got the raw talent .....I plead Sanga just 2 give him a chance n see wat he can deliver

  • suko99 on April 2, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Who cares that the indian cricket is in trouble. BRING ON THE IPL. indian fans will forget all the recent defeats & start cheering their franchises. players make ton of money . Everybody is happy... yippeeeeee

  • harish247 on April 2, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    the team wil be parthiv,dawan,sanga,raviteja,akshat reddy|sohal,duminy,christian,steyn,amit mishra,ashish reddy,goni

  • anshu.s on April 2, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Deccan Chargers should have got more talented local players like GH Vihary a u-19 batsmen n more from that age group or more Hyderbadi /Andhra players.One shocking selection for me is Tanmaya Srivasta who is slow as a tortoise when it comes to strike rate.Cameron White's batting has lost all confidence.Parthive Patel ?? this guy can only cut n pull n is useless after powerplay.Barring a few all there batters are more suited to longer formats.

  • on April 2, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Chargers will win 2012 IPL

  • on April 2, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    I am curious to see if changing grounds change their fate. I guess DCs are the one who gonna travel a lot since their HOME groundS are scattered

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on April 2, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    @rishab004 - ppl saying MI has most number of international are referring to capped players not foreign players. how MI got Ojha, DK and a few others is dubious

  • on April 2, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    The Orisa player Biplab Samantrey is going to make an impact on this IPL for Decan....!

  • rishabh004 on April 2, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    people who think that M.I has most international players (11),D.C-7,R.R-8,KKR-10,CSK-10,RCB-11,PWI-11,DD-10,KX1-10 D.C didnt use even a million$ in this auction

  • on April 2, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    No team is weak this time. Its a fresh start. It would be interesting to know the new unknown Indian names who would impress. I am hoping some of the youngsters especially seamers impress hard. Would love to see the likes of Kamran Khan and the likes do well. Would bet my money on DD this time. Sehwag should be hungry....really hungry.....!!!!

  • Mr.PALindrome on April 2, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    forgot to add Tanmay Mishra in my previous post....

  • Mr.PALindrome on April 2, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Probable team for most of the matches acc. to me..

    Batsmen:

    Dhawan, Parthiv, 3 out of 5 - Ishank, Jhunjunwala, Sohal, Raviteja, Chipli

    W.K:

    Sangakkara

    Allrounders:

    Daniel Harris/ Duminy/Theron, Daniel Christian

    Bowlers:

    Steyn, Mishra, 2 out of 3 - Ashish, Rajan, Surindra.

    My best would be ( in the order)- Harris, Ishank/Parthiv, Dhawan, Sangakkara, Chipli, Raviteja, Christian, Steyn , Mishra, Rajan, Reddy... In this way, we can have 7 people who can bat sensibly and 6 people who can bowl well.

  • on April 1, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    DC should be renamed MI-A team. All the best players from here get picked up their neighboring team leaving us to pick more new players and feed them to MI again. DC management seems to be very very undecided on who to retain. From Venu to Ojha, we keep losing our decent players to other teams. Wonder who's next. Oh I know, whoever is the leading scorer/wicket-taker for DC again.

  • Adityamandalemula on April 1, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Deccan looks weak on paper and I hope luck favors us somehow. If three to four players (can be White, Duminy, Sanga and some Indian player) fire well in each match, we can do well to contain the other team. I'm dismayed looking at the Deccan squad, disappointed at each auction (since 2010), am very eager to see my team getting back into winning ways, and am not very confident about it. There's a saying - Club teams generally win or lose their games in the auction room itself. I'd like to see Deccan contradict the rule. We certainly lost it there. The richer teams got the big names. But all is not lost until the game is finished. We can give a tough fight. Win the IPL title again. Surprise the big teams big time. And I can't help think again even in this inspired moment - If only we had Rohit Sharma. Bad move.

  • Adityamandalemula on April 1, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    I'm a Deccan Chargers hardcore fan. My password is also related to something from this team. My Caller tune Deccan Chargers theme song. And I am going to cheer for the XI players wearing the Deccan outfit who come out to play in the field. Now, I'm sure I have earned the right to rant about the misdoings of this team. Why did Deccan give away Kevin Pietersen to Delhi and Ojha to Mumbai. Why didn't you retrieve Rohit Sharma in the first place (and they bid for him up to 1.7 million in the auction) like RCB retrieved Kohli? I feel that our owners are either not smart enough in the auction area or they don't have enough money (they kept back 2.1 million in the main auction), or, God forbid, miserly. Just when I thought this team improves well if the owners sold it to better people (like Rajasthan owners are trying to do), Emirates said it's sponsoring the team. But by then, the auction process is over. We have no Pietersen now. If only you kept back Rohit Sharma, I would've been happy.

  • yoohoo on April 1, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    probable team composition -Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, Sangakarra, Darren Bravo/Duminy, Bharat Chipli, Raviteja, Dan Christian/Cameron White, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Manpreet Gony, Anand Rajan/Ashish Reddy.

    They are ok, they have performers more than stars, so they might spring quite a few surprises.

  • on April 1, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    I have always found Cameron White to be a slihtly overrated payer... I feel Sanga, possibly Duminy and definitely Dan Christian can nake the difference.... And then there is the Steyn factor.... Still looks weak overall!!!

  • on April 1, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    1. Shikhar Dhawan/ Ishank Jaggi 2.Parthiv Patel / Sunny Sohal 3. TP Sudhindra/ Kedar Devdhar 4. Kumar Sangakkara 5. Jean-Paul Duminy/ Cameron White 6. Bharat Chipli/ Dwaraka Ravi Teja 7. Daniel Christian 8. Amit Mishra 9. Dale Steyn 10. Manpreet Gony 11. Ashish Reddy/ Ankit Sharma

  • soumyas on April 1, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    mumbai have bot all the best players and not letting others a chance, which just makes mumbai foreign players sit on bench as there is a limit of 4 players. and teams like Deccan suffer from talents. Its both loss to to weak teams and foreign players who have joined Mumbai, makes it a uneven IPL contest. Rohit sharma shud have been playing for Deccan and south african Lewis too should have joined Deccan .

  • on April 1, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    MI and CSK have got all the players. Pune Warriors did the right thing by showing their displeasure with this. MI have World 11 team with them. They bought all the good players. CSK to a lesser extent. BCCI is favored to these 2 teams.

  • on April 1, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    @crystosis - u raised a valid question for which there are no answers. only God knows how ojha got into MI??? It seems like DC is the new Blackburn Rovers (fighting to avoid relegation, at the most they are competing with 7th place their best finish this season)

  • playitstraight on April 1, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Deccan look pretty weak on paper. However, it will be interesting to see how they perform this IPL. With Ishant and Ojha gone, the bowling is weaker. The only plus in the bowling department is Steyn.

  • chilled_avenger on April 1, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    No mention of Dale Steyn in the whole article! I know he's not in the best of his form currently but hey,he's the best fast bowler in the world which should count for something! And though not people know this,but Steyn has the T20 International record quite better than that of Lasith Malinga,who is considered the best T20 bowler! That's no mean feat............

  • on April 1, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    @crystosis - its not CSK, but MI only is buying all the players in the world...

  • Amansharief on April 1, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    This is a Toothless team, Without Adam Gilchrist even the hyderabadi's are not liking their home team. how pathetic is that? jokers

  • class9ryan on April 1, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Sanga is surely d key.....But d player 2 watch out would be J P Duminy for d fact he's a real match winner.........Looking forward for Daniel Christian 2 fire this tournament. If he and Duminy can do well wid d ball Deccan would not feel lack of Ishant......... But it looks AMIT MISHRA is going 2 steal d show for Deccan this year

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on April 1, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Pragyan was transferred to Mumbai GOD knows how

  • yasir08 on April 1, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    dey stil hav a descent squad..der captain is der key sangakara..dey hav duminy vu is also a gud handy spiner..c white is knwn for gud hits..bowlin departments is also nt bad lead by d steyn n amit mishra..dey vil mis ishant dis tym..stil dey hv s dawan n jaggi whch r promising..my playin xi 1.dawan 2.jag

  • luvusachu on April 1, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Least Controversial and least Exciting side of IPL

  • crystosis on April 1, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    How come Mumbai Indians and CSK have such large pockets? The rules seem to be heavily biased in their favor. They are not only buying the best players, they are also denying them to the others(by having them on the bench)

  • chakaralap on April 1, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Deccan Chargers looks to be the weakest team of all the teams.Their local talent is not at all impressive.With the loss of Ishant Sharma,Pragyan Ojha they'll be struggling more this year.Hope luck bestows them some way.

  • assudoha on April 1, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    We Wish Ishank Jaggi will show his best in this IPL !!

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  • assudoha on April 1, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    We Wish Ishank Jaggi will show his best in this IPL !!

  • chakaralap on April 1, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Deccan Chargers looks to be the weakest team of all the teams.Their local talent is not at all impressive.With the loss of Ishant Sharma,Pragyan Ojha they'll be struggling more this year.Hope luck bestows them some way.

  • crystosis on April 1, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    How come Mumbai Indians and CSK have such large pockets? The rules seem to be heavily biased in their favor. They are not only buying the best players, they are also denying them to the others(by having them on the bench)

  • luvusachu on April 1, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Least Controversial and least Exciting side of IPL

  • yasir08 on April 1, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    dey stil hav a descent squad..der captain is der key sangakara..dey hav duminy vu is also a gud handy spiner..c white is knwn for gud hits..bowlin departments is also nt bad lead by d steyn n amit mishra..dey vil mis ishant dis tym..stil dey hv s dawan n jaggi whch r promising..my playin xi 1.dawan 2.jag

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on April 1, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Pragyan was transferred to Mumbai GOD knows how

  • class9ryan on April 1, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Sanga is surely d key.....But d player 2 watch out would be J P Duminy for d fact he's a real match winner.........Looking forward for Daniel Christian 2 fire this tournament. If he and Duminy can do well wid d ball Deccan would not feel lack of Ishant......... But it looks AMIT MISHRA is going 2 steal d show for Deccan this year

  • Amansharief on April 1, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    This is a Toothless team, Without Adam Gilchrist even the hyderabadi's are not liking their home team. how pathetic is that? jokers

  • on April 1, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    @crystosis - its not CSK, but MI only is buying all the players in the world...

  • chilled_avenger on April 1, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    No mention of Dale Steyn in the whole article! I know he's not in the best of his form currently but hey,he's the best fast bowler in the world which should count for something! And though not people know this,but Steyn has the T20 International record quite better than that of Lasith Malinga,who is considered the best T20 bowler! That's no mean feat............