IPL 2012 April 2, 2012

Settled Super Kings eye more success

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Runners-up, semi-finalists, champions, champions. Thus reads Chennai Super Kings' record across the first four seasons of the IPL. They have been the most consistent and successful team in the league by far, and are the most settled side as well, after retaining most of their squad in last year's shuffle.

That they have a settled line-up was reflected in the 2012 auction, when they were willing to spend their entire purse on a single acquisition: Ravindra Jadeja. They were involved in a fierce bidding war for Jadeja with Deccan Chargers, and eventually beat them in the tie-breaker. Even so, Super Kings cannot afford any complacency and coach Stephen Fleming knows it. "There is a fine line between finishing first or indeed missing out on the finals," he said in an interview on the franchise's website. They have tread that line on several occasions - in 2008 and 2010 Super Kings faced a must-win situation in their last league game to make the semis, while last year they almost complicated things for themselves by delaying their launch till the very last moment in a stiff chase in the play-off against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

In 2011 the batting was typically solid, with MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Michael Hussey, S Badrinath and M Vijay all aggregating in the vicinity of 400 runs. R Ashwin, expectedly, led the team's bowling charts with 20 wickets at 19.40 apiece. If Super Kings have a weakness, though, it is on the fast-bowling front. Their opponents have often got off to fliers against the quicks, before Dhoni has applied the squeeze and invariably turned the match with the spinners. On that count, they will be happy to have the services of Australia's Ben Hilfenhaus this time around. When he arrives from the West Indies, he should form a solid partnership with Doug Bollinger, Super Kings' pace spearhead over the last two seasons.

Off the field, Super Kings have been at the centre of several controversial issues - including a possible conflict of interest with BCCI president N Srinivasan also managing India Cements, the owners of Super Kings - but their on-field performance has been strong enough to steal the headlines and deflect negative publicity.

Key players

The Dhoni-Raina combine: For Super Kings, when it comes to key performers, it's hard to look beyond MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. The pair has formed the backbone of the team since the inaugural IPL, with Raina not missing a single match across seasons and captain Dhoni missing just three of Super Kings' 62 games. Dhoni, with an average touching 40, has scored 1425 runs, while Raina is the leading run-getter in the IPL's short history with 1813 at 36.26. Add to that Raina's tidy offspin and electric fielding, and Dhoni's tactical nous on tweaker-friendly tracks, and you know why Chennai paid big bucks to retain them last season.

Dwayne Bravo: Super Kings have a preference for allrounders. The squad is always packed with them, one being Bravo, who Super Kings signed last year. Coming off a long break due to an ankle injury, Bravo was picked in the West Indies squad for the limited-overs games against Australia earlier this month, and took up new-ball duty in the ODIs. If he could do the same, effectively, for Super Kings, it would add better balance to the side. That, plus a few timely cameos down the order, and he could push Albie Morkel for the No. 1 allrounder's spot in the XI.

Big names in

Ravindra Jadeja: The only new signing in a well-established squad, Jadeja, as an allrounder, fits Super Kings' preferred mould. Unlike the overseas allrounders, though, he gives Super Kings a spinning option. Presumably, he has always enjoyed the backing of his captain, Dhoni, but he might still feel the pressure to perform after being the biggest buy at the 2012 auction.

Ben Hilfenhaus: A potential answer to Super Kings' fast-bowling worries. Hilfenhaus was meant to play the 2011 IPL for Chennai, but missed out due to injury. Prior to that, he had had a poor showing in the 2010-11 Ashes, meaning he was out of the Australia team. When he returned, after almost a year, he hit top form - he led the wicket-takers' charts in the Australia-India Test series, and returned to international limited-overs cricket with a five-for in the tri-series that followed.

Big names out

Tim Southee: The New Zealand quick replaced the injured Hilfenhaus in the squad last season, and began impressively: his inch-perfect final-over yorkers won Super Kings' the tournament opener against the Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs. Thereafter though, he tapered off a bit, finishing with four wickets from five games at 41.50 apiece. He went unsold at the 2012 auction.

Below the radar

Anirudha Srikkanth: A hard-hitting opening batsman, Anirudha was the Man of the Match in last year's opener against Knight Riders. Once Michael Hussey arrived though, he, expectedly, was sidelined. This year, fitness and availability issues could mean that Anirudha has a chance to open the innings with M Vijay early in the tournament once again. He showed decent touch in the recently-concluded domestic one-day competition, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, scoring three half-centuries in five matches for Tamil Nadu. Super Kings will want more of the same.

Availability

Opening batsman Abhinav Mukund twisted his left ankle during the pre-tournament training camp on Sunday, and will be out of action for ten days. Among the overseas signings, Doug Bollinger, Albie Morkel, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo and George Bailey are all available from the start of the tournament. Offspinner Suraj Randiv is expected to arrive on April 8, following the conclusion of the Sri Lanka-England Tests, and Hilfenhaus and Hussey on April 30, after the West Indies Tests. Sri Lanka seamer Nuwan Kulasekara, who is recovering from a hamstring strain, is scheduled to join the squad on April 10.

2011 in a tweet

They came, they saw, they scrapped, they conquered … again.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | April 4, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    @SAKHTIVEL & SWEETSPOT . I MEAN THAT ASWHIN NEED TO LEARN HOW TO BOWL DOOSRA & OTHER VARIATIONS . DOOSRA IS THE MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON OF AN SPINNER TODAY .

  • POSTED BY RameshRayaprolu on | April 3, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    For me, CSK looks pretty strong and we must see how they start the tournament. A win in their first match will ensure their confidence going and they might eventually end up in winning the tournament. As on today CSK are favorites and will always be, as long as Raina/Dhoni/Jadeja keep up their form. Not to forget, the super "bowl'linger :) !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    csk will make it again...........

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | April 3, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    No Hussey :( what happened to doug the rug bolinger ?

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    My pick for CSK 1. Vijay 2. Badrinath / Srikanth 3. Raina 4. Dhoni 5. Bravo 6. Morkel 7. Jajeda 8. Randiv 9. Bollinger 10. Ashwin 11. Yo Mahesh / Tyagi

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    My playing eleven is 1.Vijay 2. Anirudha 3. Raina 4. Badri 5. Dhoni 6. Faf Du Plessis 7. Jadeja 8. Bravo 9. Morkel 10. Ashwin 11. Bollinger. After Hussey arrives he can replace with one of Bravo/Morkel/Faf

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    But CSK does not have Hussey which is a big setback !

  • POSTED BY Sanjeevakki on | April 3, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @@@johnathonjosephs :- You are Ato add to it... there are rumours that few umpires where handpicked by Mr. Srini for Crucial League games of Chennai........ And Srinivasan being the owner No one should rename Chennai Super Kings as "Cheat Srinivasan Kings".... So With a formidible team and backing up from officials its not that difficult to win the trophy.... My wish none among RCB,CSK,MI and KKR should win this tournament. I wish DDD to win this tournament!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    I really have no clue why Indian supporters talks so highly about Ashwin. This guy does not even know where to pitch the ball. He an off-spinner and he is always on the leg stamp or outside. He was provided with so much opportunity but I believe time has come to replace him. Harbhajan may be out of form. But, there is no point of comparing him with Ashwin. he is 100 times better than Ashwin. Guys don't go by south/north attitude. Ashwin does not deserve to be in the indian team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Hey cricinfo... Are you keeping IPL fantasy league or not? There are many fans of your version...

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | April 4, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    @SAKHTIVEL & SWEETSPOT . I MEAN THAT ASWHIN NEED TO LEARN HOW TO BOWL DOOSRA & OTHER VARIATIONS . DOOSRA IS THE MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON OF AN SPINNER TODAY .

  • POSTED BY RameshRayaprolu on | April 3, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    For me, CSK looks pretty strong and we must see how they start the tournament. A win in their first match will ensure their confidence going and they might eventually end up in winning the tournament. As on today CSK are favorites and will always be, as long as Raina/Dhoni/Jadeja keep up their form. Not to forget, the super "bowl'linger :) !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    csk will make it again...........

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | April 3, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    No Hussey :( what happened to doug the rug bolinger ?

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    My pick for CSK 1. Vijay 2. Badrinath / Srikanth 3. Raina 4. Dhoni 5. Bravo 6. Morkel 7. Jajeda 8. Randiv 9. Bollinger 10. Ashwin 11. Yo Mahesh / Tyagi

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    My playing eleven is 1.Vijay 2. Anirudha 3. Raina 4. Badri 5. Dhoni 6. Faf Du Plessis 7. Jadeja 8. Bravo 9. Morkel 10. Ashwin 11. Bollinger. After Hussey arrives he can replace with one of Bravo/Morkel/Faf

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    But CSK does not have Hussey which is a big setback !

  • POSTED BY Sanjeevakki on | April 3, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @@@johnathonjosephs :- You are Ato add to it... there are rumours that few umpires where handpicked by Mr. Srini for Crucial League games of Chennai........ And Srinivasan being the owner No one should rename Chennai Super Kings as "Cheat Srinivasan Kings".... So With a formidible team and backing up from officials its not that difficult to win the trophy.... My wish none among RCB,CSK,MI and KKR should win this tournament. I wish DDD to win this tournament!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    I really have no clue why Indian supporters talks so highly about Ashwin. This guy does not even know where to pitch the ball. He an off-spinner and he is always on the leg stamp or outside. He was provided with so much opportunity but I believe time has come to replace him. Harbhajan may be out of form. But, there is no point of comparing him with Ashwin. he is 100 times better than Ashwin. Guys don't go by south/north attitude. Ashwin does not deserve to be in the indian team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Hey cricinfo... Are you keeping IPL fantasy league or not? There are many fans of your version...

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    CSK = CONSISTENT. why most of the comments says about 'srikanth'/'srinivasan'? we have a good balance side, and winning consistently. csk playing welll not only ipl, csk won champions league also. csk not depending on actors/actress/cheer girls.

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | April 3, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 : Did you ever watched cricket before. Bhaji is dropped from indian side for poor performance and he was not able to pick wickets in ranji trophy. If anychace we need replacement for Ashwin Ojha is a perfect choice, But no more Bhaji, even he may not be picked for Punjab team for next season.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    As long as Srinivasan in team no worries to CSK... NO DOUBT that they are in top 4 this time also...

  • POSTED BY RogerC on | April 3, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    CSK's secret of success is due to these guys: Hussey, Dhoni and Raina, Fleming. All these are unbeatable in their roles.

  • POSTED BY lordrudraksh on | April 3, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @sweetspot I agree wiyh you

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    CSK is strengthened with inclusion of Sir.Ravindra Jadeja ji and Bravo..No doubt...CSK you are the best...

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | April 3, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    They've got the right balance but miss the X-factor.. They will finish behind MI, RCB and DD in the points table I think..

  • POSTED BY jkveerya on | April 3, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    CSK will continue to succeed till srininvan is providing the back end support to CSK. he has all powers to do get all things done for CSK, even getting best players into his team by any means

  • POSTED BY ElBeeDubya on | April 3, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    XI: Vijay, Hussey/Srikkanth/Bailey, Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Two of Bravo/du Plessis/Morkel, Jadeja, Ashwin, Two of Bollinger/Hilfy/Kulasekara/Jakati. This team is not only full of all rounders but apart from Ashwin, most are very good fielders. This means they have the DEEPEST batting, most VARIETY in bowling and the BEST FIELDING unit in IPL. They also have the COOLEST heads in charge (Dhoni/FLEMING) and the management has accumulated a good group of players without ATTITUDE ISSUES who PLAY FOR THE TEAM. Other teams may have accumulated some marquee players and big hitters but CSK would compete well in every game due to these reasons. A good death bowler could be the only problem since Hilfy and Bravo are not fast enough, Bollinger is too aggressive/undisciplined and Morkel isn't consistent enough.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | April 3, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - When was the last time Harbhajan won a game for India with his bowling? Read Ashwin's stats before commenting. Besides, Ashwin is being used as an attacking option - to pick wickets, and he bowls in the powerplays, consistently. Bhajji is bowling economically only because he is unable to take wickets even in Ranji trophy matches! Ashwin is a weapon. Bhajji at the moment is just a little firecracker.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    CSK are going to be the under dogs this season!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    the playing XI for the first match against mumbai vl b MURALI VIJAY,ANIRUDH SRIKANTH,SURESH RAINA,SUBRAHMANIAM BADRINATH,WRIDHIMAN SAHA,MS DHONI(C),DWAYNE BRAVO,ALBIE MORKEL,RAVINDRA JADEJA,RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN,DOUG BOLLINGER

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    whoever says luck only favoring CSK, I think they are watching a different tournament all together... or they dont know about cricket...

  • POSTED BY BestIdea on | April 3, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Super Kings by far is the best team of IPL.. The decision of Dhoni to retain the 95% of his side, (before the start of IPL 4) highly separates him from other captains. This team not only had the talent, but also plays as a unit always and stays as a unit always. They stay absolutely calm under tense situations (Looks like Dhoni has rubbed off some of his cool on the team). No surprises, if they hit a Hat-trick.

  • POSTED BY lordrudraksh on | April 3, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    @gannyboy I agree with you

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | April 3, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    With no Hussey for first half, this will be my 11.. Vijay, Anirudh/Vignesh, Raina, Badri/Jakati(In case need extra spinner - and CSK has too much depth in batting), Dhoni, Bravo, Albie, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bollinger.. One slot is pending for the fourth overseas - Hussey's slot.. Until he comes, it need to be shared between Faf/Kula.. Based on the opener's form, one will go away to give space for Hussey when he returns.. With the replacement being Jakati.. Looks formidable but all depends on the start by openers and bowling. Bowling has been the weaklink in all the teams Dhoni handles..

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | April 3, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Dhoni is too defensive a captain to be a good test captain. For the first few years he played exclusively at home or against weak opposition away to build up an excellent test record. The primary reason why India didnot win the series in South Africa. However he is a very good limited overs captain. He knows how to chase and knows how to defend a sizeable total. If the total he is defending is small only then he faces problems as he is not very aggressive.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Looking at the team composition, CSK, seems to be the most balanced team in all respect. And looking at the individual performance. once can expect them to be the WINNERS 3 time in a row. ALL THE BEST CHENNAI SUPER KING

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | April 3, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    @ balaji purushotham. Awesome comparison but RR cant be compared to England. RR won the first IPL but England have never won the WC and dont look like doing so in the imminent future.

  • POSTED BY sunilp456 on | April 3, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    CSK, undoubtedly the balanced side in IPL! No team can give consistent performance as CSK does....they have heavy batting line up with excellent hitters of the ball, and more than par bowlers! Whole IPL is about 8 teams fighting to get the position in final to compete with CSK! :D

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | April 3, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Jadeja is better than Jakati in net-value. Hilfenhaus is superior to Bollinger, though it would be GREAT to see both playing in the 11. Its going to be tough fight between Bravo/AMorkel as well though I wish both play, but then with Hussey a permanent bat we cant have 5 foreign players!! CSK started the IPL as a very poor fielding side, with the likes of Parthiv Patel,Tyagi, Jakati, Ghoni, Joginder Sharma, Muralidharan, in the field., but as the years progressed the management has picked up good all-rounders and the fielding looks the best now. Look at the replacement names Jadeja, Bollinger, Hilfenaus, Bravo, DuPlesis (world best fielder apart from spin option), etc..To me, csk batting looks relatively weak since no big hitters such as Hayden...still solid batting team. With MVijay, Ashwin & Badri certain to be in the 11, its going to be near impossible for other players (including other TN players) to get in!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | April 3, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    ASHWIN MOSTLY BOWLS ON CHENNAI TRACK WHICH IS THE BEST TRACK FOR SPINNERS IN COUNTRY . THAT 'S WHY HIS PERFORMANCE LOOKS GOOD IN IPL MATCHES . WHAT HAPPENS TO HIM OUTSIDE CHENNAI ? HE LEAKS RUNS WITH HIS BOWLING & FIELDING ALSO . AT LEAST HARBHAJAN BOWLED ECONOMICAL SPELLS & WAS MUCH BETTER FIELDER THAN ASHWIN . BHAJJI KNOW HOW TO BOWL DOOSRA . HE SHOULD BE SELECTED FOR THE TESTS AGAINST ENG IN NOVEMBER .

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | April 3, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    As of current form, i don't think the Super kings will make it big this time.. Usually, TN, South Zone and Dhoi's Indian team were in perfect form for last 3-4 years and it showed off in CSK.. The local players like Badri, Ashwin and Vijay were major contributors along with bigger intl names.. But now, Vijay is not in frame even for TN adn Badri is in one of his wort form.. Ash played good amount of intl cricket and the surprise element is gone now.. To be honest, i would be surprised if CSK can make it to finals..

  • POSTED BY Sen_San on | April 3, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    As no of foreign players are restricted to only 4, the team with the best domestic players will do well. CSK & MI have got the best domestic players. They will obviously do well. Regarding the team selection, CSK should prefer Albie & Bravo for all matches, as they are big hitting all rounders. As Hussey is going to take one position, the last foreign slot has to be taken either by Bollinger or Hilfenhaus. Bollinger is a proven IPL performer. Hilfenhaus will have to adopt quickly for Indian conditions if he has to chip in. Kulasekara is also another good option as he is turning out to be a potential all-rounder and he can bowl well in sub-continental conditions. It is a difficult choice. As Hussey is not going to be there for the first 7 matches, they should experiment with these fast bowlers and settle down quickly in 3 to 4 matches. It is very important to start well in a season.

  • POSTED BY on | April 3, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    im worried abt d superkings's recent form.. they were knocked out of the champions league last year...

  • POSTED BY BCCI007 on | April 3, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Ravindra Jadeja adds to Super Kings' balance.. What balance..? He is a waste player...A player cant be selected on basis of fielding alone...

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | April 3, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    @CleCrushers nobody can deny Dhoni's brilliance in the shorter format of the game. Thats not luck, thats skill. But his captaincy is flawed and that is luck. Just look at the teams he has captained and they are undeniably the strongest. Ex. India's World Cup Team of 2011 was easily the best ODI team in the tournament (bar South Africa and Sri Lankan bowlers did not take many wickets that series). He also has the strongest IPL team out there. Give him a slightly weaker team and look what happens (whitewashed in england and Australia). Even Ravi Shastri was criticizing his captaincy in Australia for being too defensive

  • POSTED BY CleKrushers on | April 2, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Why do ppl keep saying Dhoni is lucky? luck works once or twice.....but he has shown consistency over so many years across different formats.....thats not luck.......thats hard work - most of the times it pays off, some times it does not !!

  • POSTED BY sathish008 on | April 2, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    CSK Fans, Raise Raise Raise your hands. We are the champs no doubt.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 2, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    @Balaji Purushotam: hahahaha very astute points. I like the way how you compared the 9 clubs to the 9 international countries. Especially the bit about Deccan Chargers made me laugh so much in a good way. Sure they are all over the place lol like the Caribbean islands. But then again it's not their fault. The state of Andhra Pradesh has had stability issues thanks to politics in recent years. So they are forced to take up whatever grounds are offered. Lastly, Pune Warriors are definitely like Bangladesh. So much talent and a promising future. I have to say yours' is one of the best comments I have read in many years. Funny but intuitive.

  • POSTED BY niks_glance on | April 2, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    i am bore of ms dhoni and the world praising him all the time...he is just a lucky captain of a very good team...i want them to loose badly...

  • POSTED BY sjdravid on | April 2, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHEN FANTASY IS GOING TO BE STARTED FOR THIS SEASON IPL

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    CSK have a well balanced unit that performs exceptionally at the Chepauk. That should work to their advantage. Having said that, does MSD still have gas in the tank to turn up and compete ? Especially since the country is not involved... plus, CSK need a genuine pace spearhead

  • POSTED BY gkgenius on | April 2, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    For CSK, 9 places are almost fixed: MVijay, Aniruddha, Hussey,Raina, Dhoni, Badri,Jadeja,Ashwin, and Bollinger. There will be toss off between Morkel, Bravo and Hilfenhaus for the remaining 2 places. I wonder whether Kulasekara and Randiv will ever get a chance!

  • POSTED BY minnalmani07 on | April 2, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Csk Will Win This Time, Also Give Ganapathi Vignesh A Chance To Play In Ipl.

  • POSTED BY kunderanengineer on | April 2, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Jadeja a big name? Or did you mean big salary?

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    dont be jealous guys.. evrytime you ppl dont want chennai to win, but evrytime we give excellent performance and do well... whatever you ppl say.. CSK are champions , is the champions and will be the champions.. bow :)

  • POSTED BY varadhamaddur on | April 2, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    It is a well balanced team with Spinniners Jakati, Randiv and Ashwin... Pacers like Kulasekara, Hilfenhaus, Bollinger.... All Rounders like Jadeja, Morkel, Raina... Special Hitters like Dhoni, Vijay and Hussey... What more you expect from a Champion Team????? Great Going CSK... Great Going... Champions this time too... All the very best....

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Wish u a good luck CSK for this entire tournament and I hope that you will display a comprehensive and consistent performance through out..

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | April 2, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    This is the Arsenal Of IPL. They play exciting cricket and they win with flair. Dhoni, Vijay, Raina and Badri all the Indians in the top order have flair while batting. Love watching them bat. But usually their first six overs is hard to watch while fielding. They opened the bowling with Ashwin. I suggest a similar strategy. My team would be

    Vijay,Srikanth,Raina,Dhoni,Badri,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bravo,Albie,Doug,Hilfy. If Hilfy is not there I would go for Kulasekera.

    This is a stunning batting line up :) Albie is our no.9

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Whatever happened to the other 'conflict of interest'? - - K. Srikkant? He is no more the CSK Ambassador? Since IPL gives chances to retired cricketers, I was hoping to see Srikkant Sr and Sikkant Jr together opening the batting for CSK. Any luck for me?

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    whatever be.. i support csk..

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Simple words!!! CSK would be in playoff because of continue the home run in these season too

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    CSK, Mumbai Indians, RCB, Daredevils and KKR are formidable. Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers, Pune Warriors and Rajasthan Royals are the Minnows. It is interesting to Compare these IPL teams with International Countries: CSK = Australia (Ruthless Champions and the Yellow Jersey); Mumbai Indians = India (Bleeding Blue and the presence of Sachin), RCB = South Africa (Perennial Chokers Tag, Tough Competitors but failing at crucial stages of the tournament), Daredevils = Srilanka (Flatter to deceive), KKR = Pakistan (Mercurial and Inconsistent with some flashy performances, Pune Warriors = Bangladesh (New induction and promising, but failing at crucial junctures), Deccan Chargers = West Indies (Scattered home grounds at different states just like WI home matches played at different carribean countries), Kings XI Punjab = Newzealand (Sporadical good performances, able to make surprise upsets in the tournament), Rajasthan Royals = England (Once upon a time formidable team) !!!

  • POSTED BY subbaraogaru on | April 2, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    I bet this time Chennai not even going to reach semi finals.....with this team ..Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore are final 4...

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    CSK will not win this year simply because they have SIR Ravindra Jadeja to conquer themselves... cinf plz publsh

  • POSTED BY Karthik_CricketFan on | April 2, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    All the best CSK.. Praying you guys retain the championship! :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    fingures crossed dis tym...:)

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | April 2, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Without a doubt they are the most balanced side in the tournament but Ashwin's form will be a major factor otherwise it will be up to the CSK batsmen to win majority of the games.

  • POSTED BY lordrudraksh on | April 2, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    this years csk team is a perfect team

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  • POSTED BY lordrudraksh on | April 2, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    this years csk team is a perfect team

  • POSTED BY gannyboy on | April 2, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Without a doubt they are the most balanced side in the tournament but Ashwin's form will be a major factor otherwise it will be up to the CSK batsmen to win majority of the games.

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    fingures crossed dis tym...:)

  • POSTED BY Karthik_CricketFan on | April 2, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    All the best CSK.. Praying you guys retain the championship! :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    CSK will not win this year simply because they have SIR Ravindra Jadeja to conquer themselves... cinf plz publsh

  • POSTED BY subbaraogaru on | April 2, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    I bet this time Chennai not even going to reach semi finals.....with this team ..Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore are final 4...

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    CSK, Mumbai Indians, RCB, Daredevils and KKR are formidable. Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers, Pune Warriors and Rajasthan Royals are the Minnows. It is interesting to Compare these IPL teams with International Countries: CSK = Australia (Ruthless Champions and the Yellow Jersey); Mumbai Indians = India (Bleeding Blue and the presence of Sachin), RCB = South Africa (Perennial Chokers Tag, Tough Competitors but failing at crucial stages of the tournament), Daredevils = Srilanka (Flatter to deceive), KKR = Pakistan (Mercurial and Inconsistent with some flashy performances, Pune Warriors = Bangladesh (New induction and promising, but failing at crucial junctures), Deccan Chargers = West Indies (Scattered home grounds at different states just like WI home matches played at different carribean countries), Kings XI Punjab = Newzealand (Sporadical good performances, able to make surprise upsets in the tournament), Rajasthan Royals = England (Once upon a time formidable team) !!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Simple words!!! CSK would be in playoff because of continue the home run in these season too

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    whatever be.. i support csk..

  • POSTED BY on | April 2, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Whatever happened to the other 'conflict of interest'? - - K. Srikkant? He is no more the CSK Ambassador? Since IPL gives chances to retired cricketers, I was hoping to see Srikkant Sr and Sikkant Jr together opening the batting for CSK. Any luck for me?