IPL 2012 May 24, 2012

Far from their best, but not far from title

Super Kings had a mixed 2012, with more lows than highs, yet they almost won their third IPL title in a row
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Where they finished


Second. They were chasing a hat-trick of IPL titles on Sunday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, but came up against a determined Kolkata Knight Riders. It did not look as though they would even go that far after a shoddy showing in the league stage, but fortune put them in the playoffs and, in familiar territory, they almost made it count.

Key player


Super Kings' strengths have always been their batting and spin bowling. The fast-bowling cupboard has often looked bare. Yet, in 2010*, when the team was struggling, it was the arrival of Australia quick Doug Bollinger mid-way through the season that galvanised the team. Similarly, this season, just when it looked like their campaign was coming apart, another Australia fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus arrived from the West Indies and quickly settled in to become an important cog in the Super Kings set-up.

Hilfenhaus had missed the previous IPL with injury and, debuting this year, he faced a set-back in only his second game: Super Kings had all but won the match against Mumbai Indians, when Hilfenhaus produced two full tosses and a length ball for the final three deliveries, letting Dwayne Smith knock off the 14 runs his team needed. But Hilfenhaus wasn't to be shaken. In the next game, against Rajasthan Royals, he produced figures of 4-1-8-2 (the '2' being the wickets of Shane Watson and Rahul Dravid), and then destroyed Delhi Daredevils with a spell (3-0-14-3) that accounted for Virender Sehwag, David Warner and Naman Ojha.

It took Hilfenhaus only nine games to take as many wickets as R Ashwin, who is arguably Super Kings' most dependable bowler over the last three seasons. And those 14 wickets came at an average of 16.64 and economy rate of 6.85. In the final, Hilfenhaus cleaned up Knight Riders' lynchpin Gautam Gambhir in the first over of the chase, beaten by a slower one, and then claimed the well-set Jacques Kallis in a tight finish. Much like against Mumbai Indians though, two full tosses at the very end cost his team.

Flop buy


Super Kings bought one player at the 2012 auction: Ravindra Jadeja. They had spent their full purse on him, making him the IPL's newest two-million dollar man. Billed as an allrounder, he bowled more than two overs only six times in 18 games. In the second qualifier and the final, he neither batted nor bowled. And when he did get his chance to contribute in either department, he did nothing much of note. He finished with 191 runs and 12 wickets - of which 48 runs and five wickets came against Deccan Chargers. The Chargers game apart, the only game-changing hand he played was against Royal Challengers Bangalore: he managed to edge away the final delivery for four to third man, to seal Super Kings' thrilling chase of 206.

Highlights


"We know how to win trophies," Albie Morkel had said during the last stage of the league games, when it looked like Super Kings might not progress. "I think we need the luck element and we will be all right." Fortune might have put them in the final four, but once there, they justified their place. In the eliminator against Mumbai Indians, they looked a completely different side to the one that bumbled through the league phase. The batting and bowling clicked together and, more crucially, Super Kings showed the tenacity they have come to be associated with in testing situations. They were 2 for 1, before Michael Hussey and S Badrinath rallied, and MS Dhoni and Bravo counterattacked to carry the side to 187, a total that proved way beyond the reach of a powerful Mumbai Indians line-up. That performance breathed new life into their season, and suddenly many rated them as favourites for the title once more.

Lowlight


Yes, nothing could hurt much more than losing the final, but it was another defeat that left Super Kings in a much worse position. The team is used to a last-minute scramble to make the playoffs, and up until this year's match against Kings XI Punjab in Dharamsala, was used to coming out on top in such situations. But a batting failure meant they had only 120 to defend on the small Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association ground, with the rarefied atmosphere. If Super Kings hoped to pull off a heist, Adam Gilchrist, returning from a month-long injury layoff, squashed all such thoughts with an unbeaten 64 off 46. It looked, then, that Super Kings, the defending champions, had failed to make the IPL playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

Verdict


Super Kings had a mixed 2012, with more lows than highs, yet they almost won their third IPL title in a row.

In the league phase, they played arguably their worst cricket in five seasons. The batting, despite power-hitter-packed middle order, repeatedly failed to finish strongly. That meant, once again, Super Kings needed to win four of four to shore up their chances of progressing. And just when it looked like that is what they would do - they had beaten table-toppers Delhi Daredevils and Knight Riders in consecutive games - the Dharamsala flop happened.

Yet, things fell into place. The three other results they were waiting on, amazingly, went their way, and Super Kings sneaked in as the fourth team. And suddenly, Super Kings were back in their champions avatar. After the high of the eliminator, against Daredevils in the second qualifier, they were ruthless. M Vijay produced that one game-changing innings he tends to play every season, and, with the runs flowing, a listless Daredevils quickly faded out of contention. In the final, but for the spirited Manvinder Bisla - or even despite him - Super Kings could have edged home. Still, after the sub-standard showing in the league stage, Super Kings will take second.

The one area where Super Kings consistently outdid their opposition this season was fielding. If you look at their line-up, you'd probably say the only fielding liabilities are Shadab Jakati and Ashwin, and when you saw these two throwing themselves at the ball to stop a boundary (think Jakati in the final) and diving forward to claim a catch (think Ashwin's catch to dismiss Shane Watson), you knew you were up against it in the field. Seeing as they make so few changes to their squad, it's an element of their IPL season they'll be hoping to carry into Champions League T20 this October.

*10.40 GMT, May 29: The article had said 2012, this has been changed.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 31, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    CSK is the only "team": Dhoni, Raina, Vijay, Badri, Morkel, Ashwin, Jagati were all in the first season, and continue to be the core of the team today. Even Balaji and Murali were sought after by CSK after the 3rd year, but lost them to other teams. At the end of the day, in a format rife with so much chance, a close knit team makes all the difference. Come next year, not to worry, it will be 5/6 finals, 3/6 wins. If there is a "team" to back, it is CSK.

  • ProdigyA on May 30, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Id be happy if Dhoni is fired from the Indian Test team.

  • ferminsuresh on May 30, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    It was a real contest between an arrogant gambhir and cool headed dhoni. It was Gauti's persoal rivalry and he managed to won the battle. At times, Gauti may be appointed as Indian Captain. We may see the likes of Bisla, Das at that time under his helm.

  • ladycricfan on May 30, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Amazing finals.Congratulations KKR. Narine is special. I'm very happy the way CSK played with never say die attitude. League phase they managed to get 17 points and better run rate to beat other 5 teams to go to the play off. Others couldn't do it. That is the way the league system works.Nothing to do with luck.They beat DD and KKR in the league games.CSK is the most consistant team in all IPL. 4 finals in 5 yrs.Proud CSK fan.

  • ooper_cut on May 30, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Thoroughly satisfying season for a CSK fan

  • on May 30, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    CSK has achieved more than any other teams in IPL. Out of 5 they qualifed 4 times to semi finals. Played 4 times finals and won 2 times, 2 times runner up. One time Champions league trophy holder. CSK should be proud of their achievements. No other team has this record so far. Other teams have a long way catch up this record. CSK has nothing more to achieve and it is time for other teams to put their names on tropy. Well done CSK.

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Read the "Verdict Para" at the end

  • on May 29, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    this year CSKs main problem was that ; it was only a few times when theor both depts, bowling and batting fired in unison. otherwise when their batsmen did good job , bowlers let them down and when bowlers did well , batsmen crumbled .CSK in 2011 was perhaps the best winner team out of all 5 season winners coz it wasnt one man army but each and every member ; right from saha to hussey and from jakati to bollinger had played their roles . But this time CSk was hugely dependent on faf-bravo-husey-hilf n to sm extent dhoni. their strong indian strength cameinto pic rather late with vijay n raina doing well in QF n final. and in finale ; they were pretty much relaxed after they sent back gambhir early since last time too they had sent gayle back early and won the game easily but they forgot that KKRs bating line up is more balanced than RCBs one. well, CSK will be back stronger next time lets hopw , learning from mistakes

  • rahulcricket007 on May 29, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    @pravin4honest mark . sad to say but we have already waited for almost 3 years but jadeja never looks like a qulaity player . he has played 58 odis for india , but is yet to cross 1000 run mark , his batting average is 27 , strike rate is 78 , bowling avg is 38 . do we really need this guy . don't know on what basis you compared jadeja with yuvi who is a champion & lionheart player .

  • on May 29, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    What impressed me the most in CSK in 2012 is their tenacity in every single match. Their confidence. Never-say-die attitude until the end. What irritated me most in the CSK in 2012 is Bravo's over action dance moves. The way he insulted the other team players. How he tried too hard and too loud to impress. But hey, I'm not a CSK fan.

  • on May 31, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    CSK is the only "team": Dhoni, Raina, Vijay, Badri, Morkel, Ashwin, Jagati were all in the first season, and continue to be the core of the team today. Even Balaji and Murali were sought after by CSK after the 3rd year, but lost them to other teams. At the end of the day, in a format rife with so much chance, a close knit team makes all the difference. Come next year, not to worry, it will be 5/6 finals, 3/6 wins. If there is a "team" to back, it is CSK.

  • ProdigyA on May 30, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Id be happy if Dhoni is fired from the Indian Test team.

  • ferminsuresh on May 30, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    It was a real contest between an arrogant gambhir and cool headed dhoni. It was Gauti's persoal rivalry and he managed to won the battle. At times, Gauti may be appointed as Indian Captain. We may see the likes of Bisla, Das at that time under his helm.

  • ladycricfan on May 30, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Amazing finals.Congratulations KKR. Narine is special. I'm very happy the way CSK played with never say die attitude. League phase they managed to get 17 points and better run rate to beat other 5 teams to go to the play off. Others couldn't do it. That is the way the league system works.Nothing to do with luck.They beat DD and KKR in the league games.CSK is the most consistant team in all IPL. 4 finals in 5 yrs.Proud CSK fan.

  • ooper_cut on May 30, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Thoroughly satisfying season for a CSK fan

  • on May 30, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    CSK has achieved more than any other teams in IPL. Out of 5 they qualifed 4 times to semi finals. Played 4 times finals and won 2 times, 2 times runner up. One time Champions league trophy holder. CSK should be proud of their achievements. No other team has this record so far. Other teams have a long way catch up this record. CSK has nothing more to achieve and it is time for other teams to put their names on tropy. Well done CSK.

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Read the "Verdict Para" at the end

  • on May 29, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    this year CSKs main problem was that ; it was only a few times when theor both depts, bowling and batting fired in unison. otherwise when their batsmen did good job , bowlers let them down and when bowlers did well , batsmen crumbled .CSK in 2011 was perhaps the best winner team out of all 5 season winners coz it wasnt one man army but each and every member ; right from saha to hussey and from jakati to bollinger had played their roles . But this time CSk was hugely dependent on faf-bravo-husey-hilf n to sm extent dhoni. their strong indian strength cameinto pic rather late with vijay n raina doing well in QF n final. and in finale ; they were pretty much relaxed after they sent back gambhir early since last time too they had sent gayle back early and won the game easily but they forgot that KKRs bating line up is more balanced than RCBs one. well, CSK will be back stronger next time lets hopw , learning from mistakes

  • rahulcricket007 on May 29, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    @pravin4honest mark . sad to say but we have already waited for almost 3 years but jadeja never looks like a qulaity player . he has played 58 odis for india , but is yet to cross 1000 run mark , his batting average is 27 , strike rate is 78 , bowling avg is 38 . do we really need this guy . don't know on what basis you compared jadeja with yuvi who is a champion & lionheart player .

  • on May 29, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    What impressed me the most in CSK in 2012 is their tenacity in every single match. Their confidence. Never-say-die attitude until the end. What irritated me most in the CSK in 2012 is Bravo's over action dance moves. The way he insulted the other team players. How he tried too hard and too loud to impress. But hey, I'm not a CSK fan.

  • on May 29, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @ Mohit Kabra - You would've said - 'Not the best of the articles in Cricinfo'. Calling it 'very poor' is not just fair. This is a decent article. But Kabra, what you mentioned are good points.

  • eZoha on May 29, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    "Yet, in 2012, when the team was struggling, it was the arrival of Australia quick Doug Bollinger mid-way through the season that galvanised the team. Similarly, this season..." I guess you meant 2010. Please correct it.

  • natmastak_so-called on May 29, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    CSK is consistent but m. vijay is way too overhyped . playing in one match per season is just not enough .

  • on May 29, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Very Poor article. Absolutely no mention of Faf du Plesis, no mention of Raina's struggle early on, no mention of Dhoni's inability to accelerate in the league games, no mention of lack of indian fast bowling options, even while praising the fielding, no mention of the stunning catch by Faf Du Plesis??

  • shrastogi on May 29, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    CSK's IPL record is phenomenal. 2 titles, twice runners up and one SF position dwarfs almost anything. In IPL 5 they struggled in the league phase but got almost everything right in the play offs. Cricinfo's analysis of top players show that they have no bowlers in top 10 and only one of their batsmen du Plessis figure in top 10. It is their all rounders - three of them Bravo, Morkel, Jadeja figure in top 10 - who took them this far. They need a performing Indian fast bowler in their line up. Next year is Ashes year in England so likes of Hilfenhaus & Hussey may not be available for full season so they would need adequate replacements.

  • skyeshwin on May 29, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    After all, only the end result matters i.e. where CSK finished in the end which is runners-up. This means that they were the 2nd best team this season, regardless of many who claimed that DD and MI were better than CSK.

  • joseyesu on May 29, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    True they did not perform to the potential they have in the league phase. But they came well to unsettle underperfroming MI and Sehwag, Morne delhi. But one must also accept the pitch did not favour much in the finals to any of our bowlers as even the great Narine was found wanting. Next time try/rotate also some new talents like Mukund, Tyagi, Yomahesh.

  • hari040761 on May 29, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    IT IS TIME FOR CSK TO FILL THE GAP OF COUPLE OF DOMESTIC PLAYER SPOT, ONE HARD HITTING ALL ROUNDER WITH SPIN AS JAGATI IS GOING FOR RUNS AND JADEJA IS NOT FULFILLING HIS ROLE, COUPLE OF MEDIUM FAST WHO ARE DOING CURRENTLY AS TYAGI AND JOGINDER NOT PROVED BY PLAYED RECENTLY ANY DOMESTIC CRICKET, YO MAHESH IS NOT UPTO THE MARK TO THE HIGH LEVEL, AND ONE MORE ADDITIONAL SPINNER AS JAKATI GOING FOR RUNS, ASHWIN UNABLE TO PICK WICKETS AND MS REFUSED TO USE RAINA AS THE THIRD SPINNER EVEN IN THE FINAL. ALSO ONE MORE OVERSEAS QUICK. VIJAY, DUPLI/HUSSEY, RAINA, BADRI, DHONI, BRAVO,ALBIE, SPIN ALL ROUNDER/SPINNER, ASHWIN, ONE DOMESTIC QUICK, ONE OVERSEAS QUICK..

  • AllwinJ on May 29, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    It was good that CSK lost, otherwise there would have been so much pressure not to have the retention clause. Now CSK will retain four players. Awesome !!! and By the way...CSK will win the Champions league.

  • arjun126 on May 29, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    What a team CSK..If you have to rate CSK they remind me of Australia in times of Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh..the number 2 in the list is far far away....

  • on May 29, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Why play Hussey who is more a Test player on down hill than the other batsman who was top scoring most of the time in the earlier matches. Hussey was never in the Australian 20 side. He slowed the run gate Gambhir shd ve tried not to take Husse's wicket lol. By running too hard he made Raina and Vijay tired. Bravo did not get a chance because of Hussey. Even Badri wd ve done the job for csk Chennai get yr boys Both Karthik back. Jakarti did not impress. Get good bowler Yadev did not bowl at all a highly paid player. Chennai had a brilliant fielding side.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on May 29, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    CSK stands tall and proud amongst all the teams. Sure, they weren't at their best in the league stages, but they fought and never gave up. Tremendous fighting qualities. Their decision to play 3 all-rounders (Albie, Bravo, Jaddu) affected their bowling. That will have to be fixed. Arguably Jadeja was least utilized, and Morkel was utilized more as a bowler whereas he's really a batting allrounder. That was a tactical error which should be fixed by playing a specialist bowler in place of Jaddu. Big question in my mind is - 'what caused Dougy Bollinger to go back to Oz. And will he be available for CLT20?'. CSK is an awesome team. Proud to be a CSK fan.

  • on May 29, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Well done CSK! Great job MS Dhoni and team. I am not disappointed by the final, being ardent CSK fan. Keep going...

  • on May 29, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Raina, Badri, balaji, Vijay, Morkel, Ashwin, Gony >> @Balu_raj Had read many funny comments from CSK fans...this being another haha Happy to see CSK lost , had they won IPL format itself would be questioned. Note that they only have 10 wins from 19 games whereas KKR has 12 from 18 Delhi 11 from 18 and MI 10 from 17. That itself proves how bad this team is. In no IPL they have been best in the playoffs and always lucky to get to the title.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on May 29, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Bottom line, MSD's lady luck deserted him after the WCC win in 2011. From then on, he has not produced anything of note. Time to give him a break??..Form atleast India duties!!!!!

  • wiseshah on May 28, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    dhoni proved again, he is the best indian captain by far.

  • CricNcode on May 28, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Though they played well in the playoffs, CSK never deserved to be in the final. They had 3 points less than the 3rd placed MI and barely made it. They didn't play like a team either as many claim, where 2 or 3 individual performances won them matches (be it Dhoni's whirldwind against MI, or Bravo's last ball six, or Morkel's freekish hitting of Kohli, or Dhoni's last ball 2against RR...goes on). This season was similar to their 2010 campaign where Dhoni's blitz against KXIP at Dharmasala made them qualify to playoffs. In a nutshell, it's not a shocker they lost and was the bubble was expected to burst at some point. They are similar to many other teams like DD/MI/RCB or even Punjab but with a better captain in Dhoni who is keeping the boat floating.

  • TRAM on May 28, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Some years back I dreamed of 3 players playing for India together. All of them are middle order solid batsmen and great fielders. The areBadrinath, Raina & Rohit Sharma. While Raina and RSharma have sufficient backup from their respective management, Badrinath being TN & SouthZone captain has no one to help. Badrinath's IPL career is wasted by Dhoni. Badri would be a permanent #3 or #4 batsman in any other IPL team. Badri's counterparts Raina & Rohit Sharma are permanent players and they come early to prove their worth. Badri may not hit as huge sizes as Dhoni. But his strike rate is equivalent to Dhoni's and better than Kholi, SRT, Dravid, Kallis, etc. Check the stats. Badri should move to other teams. So, should other TN players such as Mukund, YMahesh, etc. See how DKarthik and Balaji, Sathish, etc get good chance in other teams. Follow the lead please.

  • Balu_raj on May 28, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Wow .. CSK you beauty ... What a Team .. Proud to be a CSK fan .. No team is a match for us.. Everyone was talking of LUCK and said csk dont deserve to be in playoffs but check out guys.. We gave MI and DD run for their money... After all its tough to play 3 games in 5days and that fatigue was seen yesterday from CSK's fielding and bowling... Love you CSK ... CSK built the team from unknown local talents and made them the BEST.. Raina, Badri, balaji, Vijay, Morkel, Ashwin, Gony..These guys are nothing when they came into CSK and they grown together wth CSK... Best team that brings out best in Crunch games.. !!! CSK for life !!!! Whistle podu .. Love ya ..

  • ANONS on May 28, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    CSK was a wet cat for most of the tournament - if you look at their wins, they came off in the last balls or overs and their losses were mostly by huge margins. Its only deserving that a better team won the title.

  • fibonacci_72 on May 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Great job, CSK! You did your fans proud. Two-time winners, two-time runners-up and once semifinalist in a 5-yr-old tourney, not to mention the CLT20 win as well. Great accomplishment and many more to come for Dhoni & co. with many wonderful players. Terrific individual performances, but maybe a couple of the well-performing team members could wait till winning the tourney before serious celebrations? It is better that a clearly winning side not celebrate too much when opponents are down (as in matches vs. Mumbai, Delhi). Good luck at the CLT20.

  • on May 28, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    I felt what we did in the playoffs and finals more than made up for our earlier mishaps. Success is all important in IPL but now that we have had reasonable success , we must get some sort of youth system going in the team and give a few opportunities to players outside their usual pool of players( internationals and Indian). They have been the team who have looked almost the same for 5 years and the results are there for everyone to see. Hats off to Gambhir and srk for pulling off a great win though in the finals.( Playing Bisla was a master stoke). We will be back for champions league...cheers

  • praveen4honestremark on May 28, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Jadeja is worth a player and he should be retained, he will learn with time. Yuvraj is not going to play for some time, so in that place Jadeja will be played by Dhoni. Wait patiently until results come..Jadeja is all rounder and he can do well.

  • Mr_Anonymous on May 28, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I think the side should consider transfering Saha to KXIP where he will get more of an opportunity to showcase his talent (after Gilly's departure). He is a very good keeper and he deserves to get more chances to improve himself.

    I also think that Suraj Randive, Doug Bollinger and Abhinav Mukund might be a better fit for some of the other teams like DC, RR and PWI.

  • VJGS on May 28, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    It's unfair to judge Jadeja when he only gets opportunities at No 7. He hardly has time to settle down. He is a good cricketer but not an Albie Morkel or Dwayne Bravo who could just smash the first over they face for 20-odd runs. Still, Jadeja showed his quality by hitting a few boundaries in the first ball he faced in some matches. He certainly has improved a lot since 2010s and 2011s.

  • sathish008 on May 28, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    love you CSK!! You are still the Champs.

  • A.Ak on May 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    The issue with CSK is their bench strength. They are all good players and not everyone can be utilized. All the local players are unsung heroes for Tamil Nadu in domestic games (they always finish at top, people oyutside may not even know this). Same with Badri, Morkel and Jadeja, they are not required all the time. Players like Mukund scored tons in this season, but never got a game. Everyone who played for CSK gave a match winning performance AT LEAST ONCE this season. Which is missing in all other teams. CSK is not up to mark as per their standards. Its like Sachin or Dravid averaging only 45 in a series, which is 10 or 15 less for them, but great achievement for all the others.

  • Riderstorm on May 28, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Jadeja has been a disappointment with his performance all through the IPL. Badrinath could've been given more opportunities, seems like he can't catch a break to prove his worth. Ashwin, looked entirely different from last year when he was getting many things right in his bowling. Raina isn't trying to correct the flaws and has been picked out the same way he is in int'l games.

  • SKHR on May 28, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    We played like lions in the biggest part of ipl...In the playoffs...I'm proud of my team and we will come stronger next time...

  • rahulcricket007 on May 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    RAVINDRA JADEJA HAS BEEN FLOP IN THE INTERNATIONAL GAMES & NOW EVEN IN THE IPL . YET I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE FACT THAT HOW HE KEEPS GETTING SLECTED IN THE TEAM . DHONI SHOULD STOP SUPPORTING JADEJA ANYMORE AT LEAST IN THE NATIONAL SIDE .

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  • rahulcricket007 on May 28, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    RAVINDRA JADEJA HAS BEEN FLOP IN THE INTERNATIONAL GAMES & NOW EVEN IN THE IPL . YET I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE FACT THAT HOW HE KEEPS GETTING SLECTED IN THE TEAM . DHONI SHOULD STOP SUPPORTING JADEJA ANYMORE AT LEAST IN THE NATIONAL SIDE .

  • SKHR on May 28, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    We played like lions in the biggest part of ipl...In the playoffs...I'm proud of my team and we will come stronger next time...

  • Riderstorm on May 28, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Jadeja has been a disappointment with his performance all through the IPL. Badrinath could've been given more opportunities, seems like he can't catch a break to prove his worth. Ashwin, looked entirely different from last year when he was getting many things right in his bowling. Raina isn't trying to correct the flaws and has been picked out the same way he is in int'l games.

  • A.Ak on May 28, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    The issue with CSK is their bench strength. They are all good players and not everyone can be utilized. All the local players are unsung heroes for Tamil Nadu in domestic games (they always finish at top, people oyutside may not even know this). Same with Badri, Morkel and Jadeja, they are not required all the time. Players like Mukund scored tons in this season, but never got a game. Everyone who played for CSK gave a match winning performance AT LEAST ONCE this season. Which is missing in all other teams. CSK is not up to mark as per their standards. Its like Sachin or Dravid averaging only 45 in a series, which is 10 or 15 less for them, but great achievement for all the others.

  • sathish008 on May 28, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    love you CSK!! You are still the Champs.

  • VJGS on May 28, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    It's unfair to judge Jadeja when he only gets opportunities at No 7. He hardly has time to settle down. He is a good cricketer but not an Albie Morkel or Dwayne Bravo who could just smash the first over they face for 20-odd runs. Still, Jadeja showed his quality by hitting a few boundaries in the first ball he faced in some matches. He certainly has improved a lot since 2010s and 2011s.

  • Mr_Anonymous on May 28, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I think the side should consider transfering Saha to KXIP where he will get more of an opportunity to showcase his talent (after Gilly's departure). He is a very good keeper and he deserves to get more chances to improve himself.

    I also think that Suraj Randive, Doug Bollinger and Abhinav Mukund might be a better fit for some of the other teams like DC, RR and PWI.

  • praveen4honestremark on May 28, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Jadeja is worth a player and he should be retained, he will learn with time. Yuvraj is not going to play for some time, so in that place Jadeja will be played by Dhoni. Wait patiently until results come..Jadeja is all rounder and he can do well.

  • on May 28, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    I felt what we did in the playoffs and finals more than made up for our earlier mishaps. Success is all important in IPL but now that we have had reasonable success , we must get some sort of youth system going in the team and give a few opportunities to players outside their usual pool of players( internationals and Indian). They have been the team who have looked almost the same for 5 years and the results are there for everyone to see. Hats off to Gambhir and srk for pulling off a great win though in the finals.( Playing Bisla was a master stoke). We will be back for champions league...cheers

  • fibonacci_72 on May 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Great job, CSK! You did your fans proud. Two-time winners, two-time runners-up and once semifinalist in a 5-yr-old tourney, not to mention the CLT20 win as well. Great accomplishment and many more to come for Dhoni & co. with many wonderful players. Terrific individual performances, but maybe a couple of the well-performing team members could wait till winning the tourney before serious celebrations? It is better that a clearly winning side not celebrate too much when opponents are down (as in matches vs. Mumbai, Delhi). Good luck at the CLT20.