Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Visakhapatnam April 8, 2012

Wounded Chargers take on hurt Mumbai Indians

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Match facts

Monday, April 9, Visakhapatnam
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

This is a game between wounded and hurt teams. Deccan Chargers are the more wounded of the two. Already missing big names, they were without their two big hopes, Kumar Sangakkara and Amit Mishra, when they lost to Chennai Super Kings, who had been thumped by Mumbai Indians earlier, Chargers' next opponents. Now, though, Chargers are optimistic about Sangakkara and Mishra, who will both join the team before the start of the game. They will be hoping the two join them ready to play: Sangakkara is flying straight from a gruelling Test series against England, and Mishra is recovering from shin and shoulder injuries, and a hernia operation.

Monday provides Chargers a chance to upset the slightly shaky Mumbai Indians. It is not an easy job, though. Mumbai Indians have all the means at their disposal, except for Sachin Tendulkar who could miss another game because of his finger injury. They are more hurting than wounded after having lost to the unfancied Pune Warriors India. One big glitch, though, is that even after so many seasons they don't know how to use Kieron Pollard the batsman.

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Players to watch

Visakhapatnam proved to be a high-scoring venue, just the kind the IPL chairman wants. Richard Levi might not mind it either, with his Popeye arms and manic swings. A sample of it was seen when he scored a fifty on IPL debut, against Super Kings.

Daniel Christian is one of the few big names Chargers have in their squad. He has been more of a bowling allrounder for Australia, but for a weak Chargers side he might need to step up with the bat too.

2011 head-to-head

Chargers managed to upset Mumbai Indians in one of their matches last year, but were beaten comprehensively in the other.

Stats and trivia

  • Mumbai Indians have the services of the three leading wicket-takers in IPL history: Lasith Malinga (65), RP Singh (64) and Pragyan Ojha (63).

  • Sangakkara is coming off his worst Test series, which included two golden ducks and a total of 35 runs.

Quotes

"We can't do anything about injuries. You can't control that. The way I look at it is that it gives the young guys a chance."
Chargers coach Darren Lehmann

"Dada [Sourav Ganguly] is a very special captain. He captained India for so long and so well, and made us believe we are match-winners. Today he again showed his skills as a captain with his bowling changes. I have learned a lot from him."
Harbhajan Singh returns the compliment after getting captaincy props from Ganguly

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 9, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I think mumbai indian have a very good and balanced team!!!

  • on April 9, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    DC team doesnt have enough firepower, passion, players whom we can bank apart from a very few. Not many people would bet on DC to be in the semi's, i'm certainly not ..... are you confident enough?? Nothing is meant to be offensive, i just shared my thoughts.

  • on April 9, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Every team should have all kinds of players (nudger, big hitter, steady the innings). Duminy is not consistent enough, that is why he is in and out of SA team. Did Daniel Christian win any Big Bash T20 matches on his own ... he is a very good bowling allrounder. I'm not a big fan of Pollard either, he is musclar enough to clear the ground even if its mis-timed. You cant bank on such players, but the opposing teams knows what he is capable off which creates some panic. Pollard is tailor suited for T20 but not for ODI and thinking himself for Tests is unimaginable. Having players like Pollard, Yousuf etc., doesn't guarantee you success .. to be contd

  • on April 9, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @ Mr.PALindrome - answers to questions raised. 1) I am not completely against class players like sanga, mahela etc., Their quality and class is unquestionable. They won more matches in ODI's but not in T20's. Mahela has proved his ability in T20 and he has more shots in his armour than sanga. Sanga hasn't made a bigger impact in T20. SL won more bcoz of Dilshan, Mahela and Malinga. Sanga's contribution is not a great one in T20, but in ODI's and Tests he made a niche for himself. Do you think Sangakkara would intimidate opposition or Pollard, Bravo, Yousuf etc., have a great impact on the opposition. No body is bound to make runs in every single game they play. Given the format they are playing there should be not many dot ball played esp in indian wickets which are mostly batting friendly .. to be contd

  • givemefood on April 9, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    At the end of IPL 5, Punjab will feed on the bottom with DC hanging a level above them. Cameron White is good but the team is just about average.

  • on April 9, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    The team must have sanga,dhawan,parthiv,cameron white,daniel christian,Abishek Jhunjhunwala,Tanmay Mishra,Amit Mishra,Steyn,Sunny sohal,Anand Rajan

  • on April 9, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    No offence meant but Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab are 2 hopeless teams.. I wish they buy some really gud stuff atleast in the next year's IPL and not sit clueless like they were in the last auction esp the KIXP.. How on earth can some1 let go Yuvi, Sanga, Irfan, Mahela, Shreeshant and not buy players who are atleast equal if not more better than them..

  • vrn59 on April 9, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Where is Mitchell Johnson? He has completed disappeared from the radar over the past few months. He is a fantastic bowler in all forms of the game. Of course, it will be difficult for him to get a game in Malinga's presence but where is he? He is never visible on the bench. Has he recovered completely from his injury or is he still in rehabilitation?

  • vrn59 on April 9, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @ Christopher Harris: I agree with you completely. DC needs a couple of big-hitting T20 batsmen in the middle order that can exploit the foundation built by Sangakkara. Duminy is a good fit for that, but as you say, he has some technical flaws and still hasn't completely found his feet at the international level, but I guess the IPL is all about moulding young talent like Duminy (though he's been around playing for SA for quite a while now). All in all, the blame for DC's debacle should be placed squarely on the shoulders of the team owners and management for making unfathomable decisions during the player auction and transfer window. Why would they trade away Kevin Pietersen and Pragyan Ojha? It is unfair to the fans of the team as they will inevitably lose all or most of the matches they play in this season of the IPL. Ridiculous!

  • Rajeev129 on April 9, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @Zaheer Hussain: Yes, they should discover a highly talented player from their under 18 players. But can you guarantee that they will not sell that player to other franchise after becoming superstar ?

  • on April 9, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I think mumbai indian have a very good and balanced team!!!

  • on April 9, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    DC team doesnt have enough firepower, passion, players whom we can bank apart from a very few. Not many people would bet on DC to be in the semi's, i'm certainly not ..... are you confident enough?? Nothing is meant to be offensive, i just shared my thoughts.

  • on April 9, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Every team should have all kinds of players (nudger, big hitter, steady the innings). Duminy is not consistent enough, that is why he is in and out of SA team. Did Daniel Christian win any Big Bash T20 matches on his own ... he is a very good bowling allrounder. I'm not a big fan of Pollard either, he is musclar enough to clear the ground even if its mis-timed. You cant bank on such players, but the opposing teams knows what he is capable off which creates some panic. Pollard is tailor suited for T20 but not for ODI and thinking himself for Tests is unimaginable. Having players like Pollard, Yousuf etc., doesn't guarantee you success .. to be contd

  • on April 9, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @ Mr.PALindrome - answers to questions raised. 1) I am not completely against class players like sanga, mahela etc., Their quality and class is unquestionable. They won more matches in ODI's but not in T20's. Mahela has proved his ability in T20 and he has more shots in his armour than sanga. Sanga hasn't made a bigger impact in T20. SL won more bcoz of Dilshan, Mahela and Malinga. Sanga's contribution is not a great one in T20, but in ODI's and Tests he made a niche for himself. Do you think Sangakkara would intimidate opposition or Pollard, Bravo, Yousuf etc., have a great impact on the opposition. No body is bound to make runs in every single game they play. Given the format they are playing there should be not many dot ball played esp in indian wickets which are mostly batting friendly .. to be contd

  • givemefood on April 9, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    At the end of IPL 5, Punjab will feed on the bottom with DC hanging a level above them. Cameron White is good but the team is just about average.

  • on April 9, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    The team must have sanga,dhawan,parthiv,cameron white,daniel christian,Abishek Jhunjhunwala,Tanmay Mishra,Amit Mishra,Steyn,Sunny sohal,Anand Rajan

  • on April 9, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    No offence meant but Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab are 2 hopeless teams.. I wish they buy some really gud stuff atleast in the next year's IPL and not sit clueless like they were in the last auction esp the KIXP.. How on earth can some1 let go Yuvi, Sanga, Irfan, Mahela, Shreeshant and not buy players who are atleast equal if not more better than them..

  • vrn59 on April 9, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Where is Mitchell Johnson? He has completed disappeared from the radar over the past few months. He is a fantastic bowler in all forms of the game. Of course, it will be difficult for him to get a game in Malinga's presence but where is he? He is never visible on the bench. Has he recovered completely from his injury or is he still in rehabilitation?

  • vrn59 on April 9, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @ Christopher Harris: I agree with you completely. DC needs a couple of big-hitting T20 batsmen in the middle order that can exploit the foundation built by Sangakkara. Duminy is a good fit for that, but as you say, he has some technical flaws and still hasn't completely found his feet at the international level, but I guess the IPL is all about moulding young talent like Duminy (though he's been around playing for SA for quite a while now). All in all, the blame for DC's debacle should be placed squarely on the shoulders of the team owners and management for making unfathomable decisions during the player auction and transfer window. Why would they trade away Kevin Pietersen and Pragyan Ojha? It is unfair to the fans of the team as they will inevitably lose all or most of the matches they play in this season of the IPL. Ridiculous!

  • Rajeev129 on April 9, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @Zaheer Hussain: Yes, they should discover a highly talented player from their under 18 players. But can you guarantee that they will not sell that player to other franchise after becoming superstar ?

  • on April 9, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    MI should persist with SuryaKumar Yadav...He is promising player for the future...For India & Mumbai Indian....

  • love_4_the_game on April 9, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Dc has got a nice outfit. but all depends how the team management select the players. for me the best eleven for todays game is 1) Dhavan 2. Parthiv 3. Sangakara(if available nor Cameron WHite) 4. Chipli 5. Duminy 6. Christian 7.Ashish Reddy 8.Amit Mishra 9. Steyn, 10. Gony 11.Ankit SHarma

  • Rajeev129 on April 9, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Though i am from Hyderabad, i wish Deccan to finish last in this season as well. Atleast then their owners might realize the impact of international players in their side. How come they release players of Kevin Pieterson / Pragyan Ojha caliber from already depleted squad.

    I will again start supporting them, but only after Darren Lehmann being sacked.

  • yorkslanka on April 9, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    DC badly need the true leadership qualities of Sanga, white just isnt up to the job as captain, as is the sentiment shown by his national side also...

  • vivekgoud on April 9, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    FROM HYDERABAD....VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH DC SELECTION......WE HAD IN PREVIOUS EDITIONS

    MONISH MISHRA , RP , ROHIT , SYMOND T.SUMAN, GIBBS , AFRIDI , LAXMAN , VAAS , GILLY , EDWARDS , OJHA , HARMEET SINGH DID WELL, ALL GONE OR TRANSFERED ......

    WILL THE CURRENT TEAM ABLE TO WIN A SINGLE MATCH ....!?

  • sunilreddy on April 9, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    DC XI: Raviteja/Junjunwala, Dhawan,Sangakkara, Chipli, Duminy, Samantray, Christian, Ankit Sharma, Gony/Tekkami Atchuta Rao, Mishra, Steyn.

  • on April 9, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    DC have been mauled big time by the 74 run defeat. It will hurt them with run rate throughout the tournament. With Malinga bowling perfect yorkers, and Levi, Rohit and Pollard waiting to explode with the bat, it appears to be another disaster in the making. The only way out for DC is that the other teams should lose their players to injuries. They will miss Ojha and Ishant of the last year. Expect DC to lose a couple of wickets in the first three overs. Being a fast becoming former DC fan, I am keeping my hopes as low as possible so it doesn't hurt my feelings after the game.

  • sunny139 on April 9, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Hi,is sangakara playing today....

  • sunny139 on April 9, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    If DC really wanna win they need to drop C.White.....Looking forward for Cristain and Harris....Go DC....We always love you

  • on April 9, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    DC Vs Kings XI match will get poor crowds and very low TRP due to their players

  • kiranreddy_DC on April 9, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    sanga,steyn,duminy and harris/d christian should play all games. should use slow bowlers...they are doing well in IPL.....White is use less..

  • AjitDJ on April 9, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    If DC really wanted to transfer someone, they should have given away Cameron White. DC supporters would have jumped up in joy upon hearing about it. He has been out of form for eternity, but still manages to find a place in the final 11 every time. It's shocking, to say the least.

  • B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on April 9, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    all if fine with DC its juat a matter fo 20 overs.... but they have to put their best and real good xi - i dont understand how come they can drop a player like JP... also they have to select HORSES FOR COURSES coz they got lots of local bunch of players... COME DC PUT UR RITE XI & LETS HOPE REST WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF... GOODLUCK..

  • satish619chandar on April 9, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Mumbai is the devil in IPL.. they got money which none had and they literally snatched DK from KXIP and Suman+Ojha from DC.. Really bad to see the players who were decent in DC now pulled out and with NO special local players, DC will struggle for sure.. Money is a important factor for the local players as they wont get this much of amount easily. But still, they need to think about the chances they will get to play.. After all, they are here because of the cricket they play.. MI already had a decent bench strength but needlessly picked RP, DK and Gibbs.. Surely these players would have been better utilised in the other franchises..

  • Ather11plus on April 9, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    I am csk fan but want to support DC to win this game!!! DC get charge and show ur electrifying performance, u can do it, in DC playing XI away players, Sanga,Cameron,Christainnd styen rest are available player...all are good or all are bad!!!!

  • hari040761 on April 9, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    as i told earlier like RR (DRAVID, RAHANE, MENARIA, GOSWAMI), DC SHOULD FILL THE FIRST FOUR SLOTS WITH LOCAL HARD HITTERS LIKE PARTHIV (ANCHOR THE INNINGS), SHIKAR, CHIPLI, KEDAR AND THEN THE BIGGIES SANGA, DUMINY, CHRISTIAN TO FOLLOW WITH AMIT, STEYN CAN DO SOME FIREWORKS AND ANKIT SHARMA AND ANAND RAJAN CAN FILL THE REMAINING BOWLERS SPOT. SHIKAR, CHIPLI, KEDAR SHOULD TAKE CALCULATED RISK. ONE BIG SHOT AND ROTATE THE STRIKE AGAIN ONE BIG SHOT. DON'T TRY FOR BIG SHOT IMEEDIATELY AT THE FALL OF WICKET. IF ANOTHER WICKET FALLS IT WILL BE TWO NEW COMERS IN THE CREASE. GOODLUCK SANGA SELECT THIS SQUAD AND WIN AGAINST MUMBAI AND MAKE ME AS MEMBER IN DC SUPPORTING STAFF LIST.

  • IJ-IPL on April 9, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Dream MI team to play: (A) Bat: (i) Richard Levi (ii) Sachin Tendulkar; (iii) At Rayudu (B) Wicketkeeper: KD Karthik (C) Bowlers: (i) RP Singh; (ii) P. Ojha and (iii) Lasith Malinga (iv) Harbhjan Singh (top 4 Ranking Bowlers in the IPL record 2008-2011) (D) Allrounder: (i) Kiren Pollard (ii) James Franklin (iii) Rohit Sharma (not an allrounder, but can be handy to bowl sometimes, just like Harbhjan can bat sometimes) (E) Replacement for injury: Thisara Perera (Allrounder) / T.Suman (batsman, but bowls well in T20), depending on international or domestic player requirement.

  • Robin-Hood on April 9, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Sanga will lift the moral and pull this game from Mumbai. It's interesting to see how Sanga takes Malinga. I think DC will this contest with the inclusion of Amith Mishra, but Sanga isn't in a good form.

  • on April 9, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    I think C Pujara and A Rahane should bet a prefernce over Rohit Sharma on each and every occassion. Just because Rohit is a F-buddy of Sachin gets him a preference from gutless selectors.

  • IJ-IPL on April 9, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Hurt...lolzzz....I think it hardly matters to us...win and loss depends on each dogs day. And undoubtedly Ganguly did an excellent job as a captain and Harbhajan was no match for him. I forgot to take that in equation. But as a team i think pune still sucks in the absence of ganguly's captaincy.

    And for those who think Mumbai despite such a good team lost IPL, well we won Champions league (int'l League)..

    Once again, Dream MI team to play: (A) Bat: (i) Richard Levi (ii) Sachin Tendulkar; (iii) At Rayudu (B) Wicketkeeper: KD Karthik (C) Bowlers: (i) RP Singh; (ii) P. Ojha and (iii) Lasith Malinga (iv) Harbhjan Singh (top 4 Ranking Bowlers in the IPL record 2008-2011) (D) Allrounder: (i) Kiren Pollard (ii) James Franklin (iii) Rohit Sharma (not an allrounder, but can be handy to bowl sometimes, just like Harbhjan can bat sometimes) (E) Replacement for injury: Thisara Perera (Allrounder) / T.Suman (batsman, but bowls well in T20), depending on international or domestic player requireme

  • on April 9, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Deccan lost first Match but they start favourate for today game . if sachin tendulkar not play today Mumbai in big trouble , mumbai dont ustd how they use Pollard and Franklin. raydu and Rohit sharma still in matured how the play against Pune its proved that .harbhajan captaincy also not good in last match spinning track he select field after win the toss and he is spinner not completed his 4 Over . Deccan other hand after back of sangakra look good side .

  • Shamayel97 on April 9, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    I don't know why the hell had Mumbai Indian kept Rudra Parthap Singh on the bench he is leading wicket taker in IPL history any other franchise would play him every match RP should deffinetly come ahead of Munaf Patel.Mumbai Indians shoul learn how to use pollard what can u expect from him if u make him bat at 7 or 6 pail lard honestly is not a good finisher he shoul bat at the top and in middle overs were he can be explosive.Mumbai need to find another finisher Franklin this year is out of form he is too slow with the bat and expensive with the ball plus sloppy fielding Mitchell Johnson or Thisara Perera shoul come in place of him and they are better seam bowling allrounders

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 9, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    DC already lost some local players like ojha and suman to mumbai (They are happy to sit in the dugout). Sangakkara and steyn are the only worthy foreign players. Duminy doesnt seem to be interested in DC (he was more interested in Mumbais money :) ) Daniel christian is just a bits and pieces cricketer like jaddeja who is only good for club cricket.(cant believe he fetched almost a million in the auction)

    And for the local bowlers the less said the better. (Wait are they called bowlers? They even let jadeja hit sixes and made him rock star). Common DC atleast show some fight and do not end up at the bottom of the table.

  • on April 9, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    @christopher harris i completely agree on your views on dc but relegation zone wont work beacause going by the seasons gone by, in the first season rcb and dc would have been in the relegation but the same teams reached the finals in the next season there is lot of uncertainties.

  • on April 9, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Looking at local players, I see that there is no good players in DC team, thats why they havent dont well in the past too. It seems they even havent used foreign players well, I think, Duminy should always plays, he is much better than White but it seems DC always prefers White, maybe just because he is a Australian. DC should make Sanga, Duminy, Steyn always play. The remaining position can be given to one accordingly. Bravo can play once he returns after the test series. They should use available players well, otherwise with little resources, they cannot go too far in IPL. For those who doesnt know about Sanga, he is a great player (batsman, keeper, captain). Maybe because lack of players in the team, he cannot perform well as a captain, he should be under some pressure. Team management should support him well, rather than wasting his geniune talents.

  • sanjaycrickfan on April 9, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    I hope Deccan group sell the team to someone else if they are not interested in taking care of the team seriously. I mean who gives up Ojha, Rohit Sharma. They didnt bid for Ambati Rayudu and Venugopal Rao. They also let go Rahul Sharma who previously played for DC. Its just frustrating to follow this team. Its no wonder that among all teams, DC has the least fan following in their respective city/state. Most of the people support other teams because of the careless and arrogant attitude of the franchise owners.

  • satish619chandar on April 9, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    My 11 for Deccan : Raviteja, Dhawan, Duminy, White, Ashish Reddy, Christian, Chipli, Mishra, Steyn, Gony, Sudhindra.. They have a very werak team with only Mishra a known and decent Indian player.. Dhawan to some extent.. Both these guys have to pull beyond their weight and carry the remaining youngsters to.. White in bad form need to carry on until Sanga is back completely and leave his place to him.. No way, Duminy to be dropped for Sanga..

  • on April 9, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    @AjitDJ : You are right, all die-hart DC fans should realize and boycott all DC matches. There should be entire stadium empty atleast on DC home grounds. Management has invested on IPL and simply taking back the returns from it. There is no reinvestment. This tells you what the Mgt has aimed for. Fans, please forget about DC team.

    Even if Sanga and Amit Mishra comes back to team, it will not help. Teams need IMPACT Players, not mediocre s. Mark these words, T20 needs IMPACT Players.

  • hari040761 on April 9, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    ROHIT SHARMA IS A SLEEPING DEVIL. HE IS NEVER AGGRESSIVE OR ACTIVE. HE IS WASTING HIS TALENT AND INDIAN SELECTORS WASTING ANOTHER YOUNG TALENT BY GIVING MORE CHANCES TO HIM SINCE HE IS A MUMBAIKAR.

  • on April 9, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    @vrn59: your point is backed by strong statistics. I totally agree with sanga's role in the team. But there is no else in the team to utilize the launching pad provided by sangakarra. Not offending anyone, I PERSONALLY don't feel that Sachin is a great T20 player. Sachin's case goes on as there are other worthy players who can capitalize the start.

    Regarding JP Duminy, i totally agree with his fielding. But batting, i still have my own doubts. Just like raina he will swipe the bat for six across the mid-on area (only maximum scoring area for both the players). Both are heavily onside players with a big bottom hand heave towards mid on.

    Lastly these two players don't intimidate oppositions just like Pollard, Gayel !!!

    Sanga has class, plays a good anchor for the team but who will be the finisher ???? He got to take odd risks atleast to keep the momentum going.

  • THEGREATFANOFMASTER on April 9, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Deccan chargers have very poor line up , the extra players of other team are better from them, white is useless hitting 20- 30 in 3-4 games is not going to work for DC, Sangakkara inclusion will be very good for them as a captain but as a batsmen too he will be crucial although he is not in greatest of form, his presence as a captain and in batting line up will help them mentally,nothing should be said against Sudhindra because he is very clever bowler, he has done well in past. duminy should be picked in..

  • hari040761 on April 9, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    IN ADDITION TO MY PREVIOUS COMMENTS, SAMANTRAY ALSO CAN BE TRIED AS AN ALROUNDER AS HE IS USEFUL WITH BAT AND BALL.

  • hari040761 on April 9, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    LIKE RAJASTHAN ROYALS, LOCAL TALENT TO BE USED. DECCAN CAN INCLUDE SUNNY SOHAL AND KEDAR DEVADAR WHO ARE ALREADY HAVING IPL EXPERIENCE. PARTHIV PATEL, SHIKAR, CHIPLI, SOHA/DEVADARL, SANGAKARA, DUMINY, CHRISTIAN, AMIT MISHRA, DALE STEYN, ANKIT SHARMA, ANAND RAJAN

  • kiranreddy_DC on April 9, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    1)Dhawan 2)DJ Harrisl 3)P Patel 4)Sanga 5)JP Duminy 6)B Chipli 7)DB Raviteja 8)Ashish Reddy 9)A Mishra 10)Steyn 11)Sudhindra.....

  • xylo on April 9, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    As for stats, it would be interesting to see the number of players Mumbai Indians play in the XI who have played no international matches, and compare it against other teams.

  • assudoha on April 9, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    I think DC will replace Chipli with Ishank Jaggi !!

  • rohitrainakohli on April 9, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    the first big mistake that chargers mangement had made is keeping adam gilchrist,rohitsharma,symonds in auction.These guys can be game changers.but now if chargers loose their first 3 wickets early they can just forget about their game as there are no hard hitters in the middle order.In batting line up daniel harris ,cameron white,shikar dhawan are the two batsmen who have the capacity to hit sixes and the rest of them we cannot say when they will play well

  • on April 9, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    more than talent they need to psyche up themselves as a team and motivation is one thing lacking in them. just going thro their movements mechanically and hardly seen as a team and again hardly you find passionate performances in DC team. they need a mental rehaul and then should be a good team and with fire in bellies and mental upgrade it should be fine. no team with out these can perform well merely with individual talents. sanga certainly can bring these in to the team unlike an australian approach like the present coach/captain of the team.

  • on April 9, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Decan and KXIP are going to fight for 8th and 9th in IPL5 point table...surely no doubt. DC should think about their team selection....like that 1. Dhawan 2. Parthiv 3.Sangakara 4. Duminy/ White 5. Kedar Devdar (have a very good domestic one day and T20 season for Baroda) 6.Christian 7.Biplab / Tanmay Mishra 8. Amit Mishra 9.Steyn 10.Ankit Sharma/ Sudhindra 11.Gony

  • Rens on April 9, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    MI have lot of names but don't know how to make a balanced team out of it. MI can't afford Levi, Pollard and Franklin in the same eleven as they are not good against spin. Get Thisara in the place of Franklin and try use Pollard up in the order.

  • on April 9, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Sanath you are biased with your assessment. Sanga is not a consistent batsman and is an average captain. His performance in Australia in the one dayers was good but gave a poor performance in the tests with England. He continues to be vulnerable to the ball moving away, and his drives on the off-side are uppish, but still looks great if he is fortunate to get it between the fielders.

  • on April 9, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    There's No Better Captain Than Sanga!! There's No Better Class Than Him!! Come On Classy Sanga!!

  • on April 9, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    @christopher: i agree that dc has a poor management...bt dnt underestimate sanga nd duminy at any day they can be more lethal than pollard....after all they r quality players

  • JAS_INDIA on April 9, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    HOPES ON SANGA TO PLAY AGAINST MUMBAI....

  • Mr.PALindrome on April 9, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    and last of all... "DC will be among the teams placed in the bottom" is too early to be a call at this time... during the early stages of the tournament... and that too, just after the first match when DC suffered a loss.. that's a little kiddish!... So, lets just wait n see...

  • Mr.PALindrome on April 9, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    contd... Mumbai n Kolkata.. inspite of having pollard n yusuf, two of the biggest hitters in t20 cricket couldn't do anything so far in the season. 3)dan christian has not yet proved himself in the international arena... but he is very good domestic allrounder...in t20's too.. and IPL is not an international signing. It is given a window but still not international. And it is a fact that domestic players play as big a role as international players do.. take an example of kevon cooper. His impact as an excellent bowler n ability to hit with the bat has been already proved... even though he haven't played a single international match. Pollard was nothing before that T n T champions league match... its was a breakthough for him.. and Watson made a huge comeback to international cricket thansk to IPL. So, potentials n domestic talent are as good as the international ones in IPL. I agree with you on the steyn n supporting bowlers factor though.

    ..to be contd

  • Mr.PALindrome on April 9, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    @Christopher Harris - corrections to begin with. 1)as some one pointed out.. rohit was bought by MI n not transferred. 2)Duminy...2 start with, is no way a nudger and rather a stable batsmen than pollard in t20 cricket too.. you r using terms like "hitter" "out of the park" in your statements above. True ...but not always... true that little cameos like quickfire 30's n all are important n all in t20 cricket.. but building up a good n long innings with a good strike rate is furthermore important. More number of matches have been won in that fashion. thatz where people like sanga, duminy, mahela, kallis etc are so important n create a big impact in t20 cricket. and moreover they can hit big shots too.. a lot of matches have been won by these people rather than the "big hitters" u were talking about. They might not be as showy n gaudy as the big hitters but building up a a big innings is better known to them. And having big hitters doesnt mean u will win the match... to b contd

  • on April 9, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    @Shafan Sayeed: Yes, I got to agree with you. I too sense an Australian bias ever since Lehmann became the coach. Duminy's average is fractional better than Sanga's yet he is the first one benched. It is always Australians (Ryan Harris, Mitch, Christian, and now Harris). Wasn't Michael Lumb a success with another IPL team? I believe if we offered West Indians good money, they would rather play IPL. No wonder half the West Indians are playing in IPL now.

  • Robin-Hood on April 8, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Sanga will lift the cup this time. lol

  • on April 8, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Sanga stands at 9th place among the highest scorers of all IPLs. See the list here: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2012/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=117;type=trophy

  • on April 8, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    DC have four batsmen (Sanga, S. Dhawan, PA Patel and Duminy) who have scored more than 500 runs so far in all IPLs. And they have four bowlers (A. Mishra, Steyn, Ishant and Gony) who have taken more than 25 wickets so far in all IPLs. It is funny Gony beats Agarkar, Jadeja (he missed one IPL) and Murali Karthik in number of wickets.

  • on April 8, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    The people who wonder where is duminy... he is fit and waiting only things preventing him palying is he is south african and deccan has got darren leahman who is an australian he picked dan harris over duminy. it sad deccan need duminy.

  • vrn59 on April 8, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    @ Christopher Harris: Just checked the stats, Sangakkara has a T20 (domestic and international combined) batting average of over 30 and strike rate of 120 per 100 balls. This is just 4 runs short of Sachin Tendulkar's strike rate. Sangakkara's T20 stats are more than reasonable as his role in the side is not to slog, like Yusuf Pathan for KKR or Dwayne Bravo and Albie Morkel for CSK, but to play a long and composed innings, thereby providing the big hitters down the order to play freely. Such bastmen are vital in all forms of cricket, T20 included. Sangakkara does this for DC, Michael Hussey does it for CSK, Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir do it for KKR, Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma do it for MI, Virat Kohli does it for RCB and Mahela Jayawardene will soon be doing it for DD. I don't mean to overreact on a small comment, but being a great fan of Sangakkara, I just thought I should post this. Cheers :).

  • Bruisers on April 8, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    @Christopher Harris - Rohit Sharma wasn't transferred to Mumbai.. He was bought in the mega-auction by Mumbai..

  • vrn59 on April 8, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    @ Christopher Harris: Although I am in total agreement with your view of DC being a pathetic side with a ridiculous team management, I strongly disagree with your assessment of Kumar Sangakkara, one of the finest top-order batsmen (and wicketkeepers too) of this past decade, as a 'lesser-known player.' He is certainly not a big-hitter like Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, but he isn't 'way too slow' either. He is the mainstay of the team's batting lineup and will have the responsibility of anchoring the innings and batting through all the overs, in addition to captaining the side and keeping wicket. JP Duminy is by no means a nudger, but one of the finest young batsmen in the world today. Add to that his off-spin bowling and electric fielding, and he is a complete T20 package. I agree with your comments on Daniel Christian and Dale Steyn though.

  • on April 8, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    @Ajit: Yes, Seems like DC franchise are least interested,even though they have so much of money in their IPL account.They are least bother to buy foreign players and upon they sold Peterson to DD.No

  • on April 8, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    As some one rightly pointed out.. that DC will be among the teams placed in the bottom. I bet no one would bet against it!!! No fool in the world would transfer players like Rohit Sharma, Ojha for lesser known players. Is DC compromising ?? or is it MI's Money power?? only the team management knows. You can't bank on Foreign players ( tht too, lesser known players like Sangakarra ... no doubt he is good, but he cant score at a rollicking pace as others like Pollard. JP duminy is more of a nudger than a hitter. Dan Christian is still an unknown commodity who hasn't proved in international stage. White is the only player who can hit the ball out of the park ... but he is in terrible form. Steyn seems to be the only genuine pick for me. He is the spearhead of the bowling attack, but the pathetic situation is that he doesn't have any supporting bowlers to spearhead.

    Overall DC team is PATHETIC !!!! May be they should implement relegation zone in cricket inorder to improve the quality.

  • Bruisers on April 8, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    'Hurt' Mumbai..... LOL. One loss hurt them so much!??

  • on April 8, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Well the Worst Part abt DC is that they do not have good Indian Players...they bank a lot on foreign player...IPL cannot be without good Local Players...hope they don;t up being last this time

  • on April 8, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    This team is too embarassing for its fans. I don't expect DC to win and they may end up at the bottom one more time. Bowling is too weak with Ojha and Ishant (and Harmeet, who is better than Gony) gone. Instead to playing Gony and give 50+ runs, they should pick any 18 year old from the bench because this way they may discover some new talent.

  • vrn59 on April 8, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    MI are the firm favourites, but they look weak as a batting unit without Tendulkar. Pollard should bat up the order and Franklin must be told to score his runs at a faster rate. Rohit Sharma must rediscover his form quickly as he is Mumbai's key batsman in Tendulkar's absence. DC are a terrible team, thanks to self-destructive decisions made by their team management. They must include Kumar Sangakkara, JP Duminy, Daniel Christian and Dale Steyn as their overseas players. Cameron White must be dropped as he seems to have lost all batting form for eternity. Amit Mishra, if fit, will be a bonus in the spin department. On the whole, DC looks like a weak team with a fragile batting lineup comprising of ordinary players like Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Bharat Chipli and TP Sudhindra. Useless!

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 8, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Deccan, Kings XI and KKR are NOT listening to their fans. That's why they are FLOPPERS in the IPL. Look at the other clubs, even Pune. They are picking the right players to win games. Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta are only fit to act and dance in Bollywood. They should stop insulting cricket and its fans. I predict Kings XI, Deccan and KKR to be the last 3 teams in this season.

  • ramAB83 on April 8, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    is duminy was injured? wer is he..? missing him badly:(

  • on April 8, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @AjitDj: Part of what you said is true. The management of DC should consider taking the idea of making a team play in IPL more seriously. In spite of abysmal show last year, there was no sign of realization. There were no lucrative buys this year and whats worse is they gave up Kevin Pietersen to DD this season. I don't see this team going anywhere and being a die hard DC fan it hurts that the management has no serious intent in running the franchise properly.

  • johnathonjosephs on April 8, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    I saw the Deccan Chargers team, and the batting lineup was pathetic...Lot of unknown, uncapped Indian players. Definitely need Sangakkara, but even winning against such tough opposition this year will be a hard task. They can only open Mishra, Steyn, and Christian manage to bowl out the other team for less runs.

  • NaniIndCri on April 8, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    DC does not have good Indian players, they used to have them but for some reason they let them go. You cannot win with 4 foreign players.

  • on April 8, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    good one ajitdj its good to boycoot all dc matches

  • on April 8, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Deccan Chargers team look so pathetic, M.Gony never knows to seize the opportunity, becoming more and more predictable. Harris should be dropped and Duminy should be roped in. Gony should be dropped and A.Mishra shoud join.

  • on April 8, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    why do people call it as an upset when chargers beat mumbai ??? come on now we r the 2009 champions mi hav nothing yet !

  • AjitDJ on April 8, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    My suggestion to Deccan Chargers fans is to boycott all DC matches. At least that way the management and owners will understand the agony of the supporters, and show more seriousness and skill in running the team.

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  • AjitDJ on April 8, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    My suggestion to Deccan Chargers fans is to boycott all DC matches. At least that way the management and owners will understand the agony of the supporters, and show more seriousness and skill in running the team.

  • on April 8, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    why do people call it as an upset when chargers beat mumbai ??? come on now we r the 2009 champions mi hav nothing yet !

  • on April 8, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Deccan Chargers team look so pathetic, M.Gony never knows to seize the opportunity, becoming more and more predictable. Harris should be dropped and Duminy should be roped in. Gony should be dropped and A.Mishra shoud join.

  • on April 8, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    good one ajitdj its good to boycoot all dc matches

  • NaniIndCri on April 8, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    DC does not have good Indian players, they used to have them but for some reason they let them go. You cannot win with 4 foreign players.

  • johnathonjosephs on April 8, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    I saw the Deccan Chargers team, and the batting lineup was pathetic...Lot of unknown, uncapped Indian players. Definitely need Sangakkara, but even winning against such tough opposition this year will be a hard task. They can only open Mishra, Steyn, and Christian manage to bowl out the other team for less runs.

  • on April 8, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @AjitDj: Part of what you said is true. The management of DC should consider taking the idea of making a team play in IPL more seriously. In spite of abysmal show last year, there was no sign of realization. There were no lucrative buys this year and whats worse is they gave up Kevin Pietersen to DD this season. I don't see this team going anywhere and being a die hard DC fan it hurts that the management has no serious intent in running the franchise properly.

  • ramAB83 on April 8, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    is duminy was injured? wer is he..? missing him badly:(

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 8, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Deccan, Kings XI and KKR are NOT listening to their fans. That's why they are FLOPPERS in the IPL. Look at the other clubs, even Pune. They are picking the right players to win games. Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta are only fit to act and dance in Bollywood. They should stop insulting cricket and its fans. I predict Kings XI, Deccan and KKR to be the last 3 teams in this season.

  • vrn59 on April 8, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    MI are the firm favourites, but they look weak as a batting unit without Tendulkar. Pollard should bat up the order and Franklin must be told to score his runs at a faster rate. Rohit Sharma must rediscover his form quickly as he is Mumbai's key batsman in Tendulkar's absence. DC are a terrible team, thanks to self-destructive decisions made by their team management. They must include Kumar Sangakkara, JP Duminy, Daniel Christian and Dale Steyn as their overseas players. Cameron White must be dropped as he seems to have lost all batting form for eternity. Amit Mishra, if fit, will be a bonus in the spin department. On the whole, DC looks like a weak team with a fragile batting lineup comprising of ordinary players like Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Bharat Chipli and TP Sudhindra. Useless!