Chennai Super Kings IPL 2013 preview April 4, 2013

Chennai Super Kings again the team to beat

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Big Picture

Chennai Super Kings are the only team to make it to the semi-final stage - or the equivalent - of every IPL tournament so far. Twice, including in the previous season, they've finished runners-up. In 2010 and 2011, they won.

Like most IPL teams, they've had their share of controversy, not the least of it being claims of conflict of interest - BCCI president N Srinivasan also manages India Cements, the franchise's owners. However, the on-field success has so far managed to keep the spotlight on the positives. This time, though, Super Kings face what is possibly their biggest off-field issue yet: that of the exclusion of Sri Lankan players from the games in Chennai, following political tensions. The other franchises, whose Sri Lankans play more central roles in the team, have voiced fears that this gives Super Kings an unfair advantage in their home games, while some have criticised the IPL's softness in not moving the matches away from Chennai altogether. This means Super Kings will need a near-perfect showing to drag the headlines in the right direction, but even another triumph might leave a bad aftertaste.

Back to the actual cricket then. Apart from being the IPL's most successful franchise, Super Kings have also been the tournament's most settled team. Few changes had been made to the squad over five seasons, with the batting and spin-bowling departments being their customary powerhouses. This year, though, the obvious focus is on bolstering the pace bowling, and the squad sports several new faces as a result. Australia's Dirk Nannes and Ben Laughlin, West Indies' Jason Holder and South Africa's Chris Morris - for whom Super Kings paid US$625,000, a whopping 31 times his base price - were snapped up in February's auction. Later, they signed Imtiaz Ahmed, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohit Sharma and Ronit More, domestic pacers who are all coming off solid Ranji Trophy performances. Given the nature of the Chepauk track though - which was on ample display during the recent India-Australia Test - how much of an impact this move will have is as yet unclear.

Key players

With Super Kings turning all that attention to their seam-bowling, it's clear that they believe R Ashwin has the spin front well covered, with Ravindra Jadeja backing him up. Ashwin has the numbers, in the IPL and otherwise, to back up that notion. Currently India's primary spinner, he has 49 IPL wickets for Super Kings - second only to Albie Morkel, who has played 21 more games. More importantly, at the end of the 2012 season, Ashwin boasted of an economy rate of just over six, the best among all Super Kings bowlers.

If Super Kings look to Ashwin with the ball, they look first and foremost to MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina with the bat. In the absence of the injured Faf du Plessis, the now-retired and ever-dependable Michael Hussey will partner M Vijay (who comes in high on confidence after feasting on Australia's bowlers) at the top, leaving Raina and Dhoni in charge of finishing duties. That was an area Super Kings struggled in during the round-robin stage in 2012, often lacking the late surge. It is an area Raina and Dhoni are more than capable of improving upon.

Big name in

Dirk Nannes: He currently sits at No. 2 on the overall Twenty20 wickets charts, behind South African Alfonso Thomas. Despite his extensive T20 experience, he warmed the bench all through IPL 2012 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was bought by Super Kings at the auction for US$600,000, and is likely to compete with fellow Australian quick Ben Hilfenhaus for the fourth foreign-player's spot in their line-up.

Big name out

Doug Bollinger: The Australia seamer was one of four overseas players released by Super Kings in the lead-up to IPL 2013, alongside George Bailey, Scott Styris and Suraj Randiv. Bollinger had galvanised Super Kings' campaign in 2010, when he arrived halfway through the tournament. Since then, he had been the team's principal fast-bowling new-ball option, claiming 37 wickets at 18.72. That is, until Hilfenhaus arrived in similar fashion halfway through last year's event.

Below the radar

Baba Aparajith: The eighteen-year-old allrounder from Tamil Nadu did not have a Ranji Trophy season that stood out. Where he did make his mark, though, was the Under-19 World Cup last year. A top-order batsman who can bowl handy offspin and a lively fielder, Aparajith knocked off Man-of-the-Match awards in the World Cup quarter-final and semi-final with all-round contributions. Considering Super Kings' affinity for allrounders, he should fit into their scheme of things quite well.

Availability

Super Kings will be without Faf du Plessis for at least the first month of the IPL, as he recovers from a back injury. Allrounders Albie Morkel and Chris Morris are doubtful for the first two games due to South African domestic commitments. The squad includes two Sri Lankans: seamer Nuwan Kulasekara and offspinner Akila Dananjaya. Given the circumstances, whether they will travel to India at all is as yet unclear. None of Super Kings' players have international commitments during the course of the IPL.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Thyagu5432 on April 5, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Easily the most balanced side in the tournament. Add to that most of them are coming off some great performances. Vijay, Dhoni with the bat, Ashwin, Jadeja with the ball. Whatever Badri does or doesn't do outside of IPL, he is always a hero (unsung as Dhoni says) in IPL pitching in when others fail. Add to it the ever reliable and fresh Hussey. And the creme de la creme, Suresh Raina is to CSK what Revital is to Salman. Then you have Albie and Bravo who all look so much more Chennaite then South African or West Indian respectively. They have all blended in so well. All-in-all, CSK seems to be ages ahead of all other teams. This time around they have also got some extra time before playing their first match so chances are that they would have settled down well and may not even struggle in the league phase like they did in the past. Go CSK! Bring it on!

  • SUNDHUR on April 4, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    It is right to say CSK is the team to beat in the IPL 2013. They have proved it time an again by registering the most number of wins todate. CSK is the only team with consistent team performance along side having impact players like MSD, Vijay and Raina. They came to the final in the first season with little known members in the squad compared to other teams and have maintained their credentials for 5 seasons thanks largely to having the best captain in the world today, MSD!

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 4, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    The BEST club in IPL cricket. They have what it takes to perform as a team thanks to the retention process Fleming, Rixon and Dhoni executed well after the previous mega auction. CSK believe in a club culture that is on parallel to some of the soccer clubs of Europe. I cannot see any other team winning this year's IPL other than CSK. KKR have what it takes but they may fall short.

  • ssenthil on April 4, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    So what should be line up for CSK?

    1. M Vijay, 2. M Hussey (O), 3. S Raina, 4. S Badrinath / B Aparajith, 5. M.S Dhoni, 6. D Bravo (O), 7. A Morkel (O) / Ben Laughlin (For first 2 games until Albie arrives here) , 8. R Jadeja, 9. A Ashwin, 10. S Jakati/ Imtiaz Ahmed, 11.Hilfenhaus/Dirk Nannes (O).

    So what we get from them? 8 Batsman, 3 Fast/Medium Fast bowlers, 1 off spinner, 2 left arm spinners. 6 full time bowlers apart from S Raina's useful off spin part time bowling.

    Wonderfully balanced team and so many youths are ready to learn the trade and awaiting for their chances as well.

    I believe CSK will stamp their authority once again!!!

  • kingspakistan on April 6, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    I am so impressed by MS Dhoni's batting. Most talented in Indian cricket these days. All praises from a Pakistani fan.

  • ksarma on April 6, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    CSK is the most consistent team and I appreciate Owners for their vision and methodical thinking. I guess, other franchisees will try to learn from CSK in 2013 auction, challenge for CSK will be to find a way to be ahead.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 6, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Though I dislike Dhoni and Statchin, I dislike Statchin more. So, CSK have my support. Sorry Rayudu and Dinesh, you are in the wrong team. But I'll root for your individual performances. I want Statchin to play 35+ balls for some 20 odd runs. That way, CSK can have an easy win.

  • yezdi70 on April 5, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Jeez. What a team CSK has. And as if that is not enough, they have the (unfair) advantage of no SL players in their home matches. I really cant see anyone beating CSK in Chennai.

  • on April 5, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    This time CSK will steal more Hearts and a Cup Dhoni Leads Yellow..!

  • squarepeg on April 5, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    CSK's strength is in its batting - many guys who can turn a match on its head. Bowling is also good if Ashwin carries on with his form. It is still possible for a MI or RCB to beat CSK if Malinga or Gayle plays at his best, but for sheer consistency, CSK is the boss. Great team selection in the first auction, not sprugling like MI or KKR, and a solid bunch of local talent from the state.

  • Thyagu5432 on April 5, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Easily the most balanced side in the tournament. Add to that most of them are coming off some great performances. Vijay, Dhoni with the bat, Ashwin, Jadeja with the ball. Whatever Badri does or doesn't do outside of IPL, he is always a hero (unsung as Dhoni says) in IPL pitching in when others fail. Add to it the ever reliable and fresh Hussey. And the creme de la creme, Suresh Raina is to CSK what Revital is to Salman. Then you have Albie and Bravo who all look so much more Chennaite then South African or West Indian respectively. They have all blended in so well. All-in-all, CSK seems to be ages ahead of all other teams. This time around they have also got some extra time before playing their first match so chances are that they would have settled down well and may not even struggle in the league phase like they did in the past. Go CSK! Bring it on!

  • SUNDHUR on April 4, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    It is right to say CSK is the team to beat in the IPL 2013. They have proved it time an again by registering the most number of wins todate. CSK is the only team with consistent team performance along side having impact players like MSD, Vijay and Raina. They came to the final in the first season with little known members in the squad compared to other teams and have maintained their credentials for 5 seasons thanks largely to having the best captain in the world today, MSD!

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 4, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    The BEST club in IPL cricket. They have what it takes to perform as a team thanks to the retention process Fleming, Rixon and Dhoni executed well after the previous mega auction. CSK believe in a club culture that is on parallel to some of the soccer clubs of Europe. I cannot see any other team winning this year's IPL other than CSK. KKR have what it takes but they may fall short.

  • ssenthil on April 4, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    So what should be line up for CSK?

    1. M Vijay, 2. M Hussey (O), 3. S Raina, 4. S Badrinath / B Aparajith, 5. M.S Dhoni, 6. D Bravo (O), 7. A Morkel (O) / Ben Laughlin (For first 2 games until Albie arrives here) , 8. R Jadeja, 9. A Ashwin, 10. S Jakati/ Imtiaz Ahmed, 11.Hilfenhaus/Dirk Nannes (O).

    So what we get from them? 8 Batsman, 3 Fast/Medium Fast bowlers, 1 off spinner, 2 left arm spinners. 6 full time bowlers apart from S Raina's useful off spin part time bowling.

    Wonderfully balanced team and so many youths are ready to learn the trade and awaiting for their chances as well.

    I believe CSK will stamp their authority once again!!!

  • kingspakistan on April 6, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    I am so impressed by MS Dhoni's batting. Most talented in Indian cricket these days. All praises from a Pakistani fan.

  • ksarma on April 6, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    CSK is the most consistent team and I appreciate Owners for their vision and methodical thinking. I guess, other franchisees will try to learn from CSK in 2013 auction, challenge for CSK will be to find a way to be ahead.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 6, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Though I dislike Dhoni and Statchin, I dislike Statchin more. So, CSK have my support. Sorry Rayudu and Dinesh, you are in the wrong team. But I'll root for your individual performances. I want Statchin to play 35+ balls for some 20 odd runs. That way, CSK can have an easy win.

  • yezdi70 on April 5, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Jeez. What a team CSK has. And as if that is not enough, they have the (unfair) advantage of no SL players in their home matches. I really cant see anyone beating CSK in Chennai.

  • on April 5, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    This time CSK will steal more Hearts and a Cup Dhoni Leads Yellow..!

  • squarepeg on April 5, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    CSK's strength is in its batting - many guys who can turn a match on its head. Bowling is also good if Ashwin carries on with his form. It is still possible for a MI or RCB to beat CSK if Malinga or Gayle plays at his best, but for sheer consistency, CSK is the boss. Great team selection in the first auction, not sprugling like MI or KKR, and a solid bunch of local talent from the state.

  • srinideva on April 5, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    Whooaa..It is time to show the IPL and KKR, who is daddy for IPL..Once in a life time knock of bisla change the fate of this legendary team last year....They will come harder this time..be ready for the battle... Looking forward to CSK vs MI.. ofcourse, DHONI vs Sehwag and Gambhir..

  • Satyendra1 on April 5, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    CSK are easily the best (most consistent) side of the tournament. I would just love to see Dhoni coming one down. He under utilises his batting. Raina can come after him at no.4. One more thing Jadeja must be looked upon as bowling allrounder, if his batting comes good it'll be bonus. If CSK look up to him to be more of a batsman, they could end up dissappointed !!

  • on April 5, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Csk is no doubt a better competitor this year as well, with maximum number of allrounder. 4 of the indian team players are presently playing in the CSk squad. A new allrounder (aprajit) has been added to make the batting lineup more dense. CSK might play with 2 foreign allrounder, 1 genuine batsman and 1 genuine foreign baller. vijay,jadeja,raina, dhoni,ashwin,aprajit (4 foreign), 1 genuine indian baller! It could be a booster fight you might get to see! I'm looking forward to watch the playing 11 on the ground!

  • on April 5, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    no doubt we willl do it ths tym for sure. love ui csk ...............

  • ladycricfan on April 5, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Everybody is praising CSK one way or the other. Don't jinx it guys. T20 needs a bit of luck as well. If MI had luck yesterday, DKarthik would've middled the ball and hit 4 or 6 and not have got out or Pollard 4 would've landed an inch farther and would've been 6.

  • Temuzin on April 5, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    We all know MSD is a great leader, captain and player who is a genius of cricket. He has proved that many a times with many different teams and coaches. As for CSK, I think some credit should go to Srinivasan who spotted him and gave his full confidence and authority to Dhoni. Dhoni did not disappoint. He won two trophies and two runner ups for the franchise. At the start of the IPL,when things were muddied, other franchisees were going for the big names. Srinivasan was able to see through the fog and has recognized MSD and his worth. Result, he got a champion team. Good job Srinivasan.

  • on April 5, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    I wish all the best wishes to CSK and Dhoni before hand even before they start their outing on 6th only. They are very balanced side like few others e.g Mumbai, KKR etc. However, CSK has the edge over all.

  • on April 5, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    My CSK team would be: Vijay, Hussey/Faf du plessis, Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Morkel, Bravo, Aparajith, Ashwin, Jadeja, Nannes.. Unbeatable team and the strongest ever.

  • 30-30-150 on April 5, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    CSK is like FC Barcelona. Half of the national team plays for them. All of their key players are in great form (Vijay, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin) and I don't see why they can't win the title for the third time. Biggest threat to them will be MI and PWI. Not sure whether or not Baba Aparajith can find a place in the playing eleven.

  • on April 5, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Jadeja is a huge threat, I wish RCB had bought him

  • SL_rockz on April 5, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    CSK is the best team in IPL....Because the are the only team that plays as a TEAM.Other team have impact players and everybody is watching his performance not the teams'.But still CSK records most wins...Is there a such an impact player to watch?? No they all play for team not for themselves....That is pure club cricket.They Play well for their team to win s CSK will buy them next year.And the Admins,coach have that proffessionalism shown to their players.....So No doubt CSK will feature in knockout matches as usual.Because proffessional sides always paly and perform proffessionaly.Hail CSk !!!!

  • gauravm5 on April 5, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    If you ask any cricket pandit to name the team with maximum chances of making to the finals, the answer would be our THE Chennai Super Kings (THE CSK).

  • dino92 on April 5, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    I think CSK has the best unit in this ipl as well.. Next comes the kkr followed by mumbai.. I think with this team they can go all the way to win the final. They have bought some very good players in this auction. Take for example Morris and Nannes. With Nannes you have one of worlds best t20 specialist bowler. With his addition I think the only worry in the pace department will also get over. With Baba Aparajith you have another exciting indian prospect. My playing 11 would be Vijay, Hussey, Raina, Badrinath, Aparajith, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, Hilfenhaus and Nannes!!! With this team you have stability in bowling as well as batting!!! When Faf comes he should replace Hussey but only after seeing Hussey's form!!!

  • iamgroot on April 5, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    MSD has always been a key factor and very very pivotal member of indian team. But his fair of credit comes at too much criticism from many people and his positives are overlooked for other players. But the same man is doing with different team with different coach in IPL too. As a captain he once again won the tournament twice and being runner up few more times and always been in top 4 is pretty good. He is not just a captain or just a team mate. He is ONE MAN who makes hell lot of difference. He is a TRUE leader.. and he has the results to bolster up his iconic image. Whether anyone agrees or not he has been fantastic and awesome LEADER carving a niche for himself. If a man with so many trophies and so much success to his name and team's name doesnt get the credit then who does ? No one except himself. MSD driving force of indian team and also CSK. All the Best CSK.

  • krishsaieturi on April 5, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    now lasith out of mi squad for this game too so chennai will beat mi very convincingly but to win this game mi need to do some changes 1.bring ojha for munaf on chennai wicket 2.play karthik as opener 3.bring pollard at n0-3/4 4.bring oram top to no7 to bat 5.replace rohit with rishi dhawan a good allrounder my team will be sachin karthik ricky pollard rayudu rishi oram mitchell bhajji bumrah ojha

  • on April 5, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    I think they have the best squad in the IPL so far. My line up for the first two matches:Hussey,Vijay,Raina,Badrinath,Jadeja,Dhoni,Bravo,Imtiaz ahmed,Ashwin,Ben hilfenhaus,Dirk nannes. I think Imtiaz will play for sure.He bowled exceptionally well for U.P in syed mushtaq ali trophy.He also batted well and he won the match single handedly when 15 runs were requried of last over.Bravo should he used as a batting all-rounder more often.He should bowl when any of the bowler is targetted particularly.

  • JBSA on April 5, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    If you have seen other players in the other teams play for themselves. But CSK players play for their team's pride. Other players play so that in the next auction some team should buy them. But CSK play because they know CSK will buy them. Thats the simple difference. Be it a fan or a player or a team management, we are all loyal because we are CSK in whole

    My team would be:

    M Vijay, M Hussey/F Du Plessis(O), S Raina, S Badrinath/B Aparajith, A Morkel(O), MS Dhoni(WK)(C), D Bravo/C Morris(O), R Jadeja/S Anirudha, R Ashwin, B Hilfenhaus/D Nannes/J Holder(O), S Jakati/I Ahmed/R More

    For the first 2 matches: M Vijay, M Hussey(O), S Raina, S Badrinath, D Bravo(O), MS Dhoni, R Jadeja/B Aparajith/S Anirudha(2 of 3), R Ashwin, D Nannes, B Hilfenhaus

  • JBSA on April 5, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    All the comments highlighted one thing very cleanly - Team Spirit/Playing as a team

    To all those persons who are criticizing about the SL issue, CSK will also miss the exploits of Kulasekara and Dhananjaya. Kulasekara was stellar in his recent Aus tour and also Dhananjaya is touted to be next mystery spinner. If other teams miss their SL players for 1 match in Round Robin, CSK miss their SL player in all 16 matches.

    As some have mentioned, CSK is the only Club team in Cricket which is very well managed professionally. They are more strategic in their approach from the first season. Had 3 most astounding strategist in Fleming, Dhoni and Hussey. Also never left the firepower too. Bought Haydos, Morkel and Murali. Supported and trusted its players to feel at home. Just think off how many failures vijay had in last season before his magical play in playoffs.

    CSK means Professionalism, Trust, Bond, Strategy, Team and Champions. Looking fwd to make IPL 6.0 as CSK 3.0

  • satishchandar on April 5, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Just wanna know whether CSK had opted for any replacements for Kulasekara and Dhananjaya? They two are now out of the squad right and what happened to the created vacancies?

    My first choice 11 for CSK in first game : Vijay, Hussey, Raina, Badri, MSD, DJB, Saha/Aparajith/Anirudha, Jadeja, Ashwin, Nannes, Holder/Hilfy..

    Once Albie and Faf comes in, they get into the playing 11 directly replacing Hussey and the second pacer - Hilfy/Holder..

  • vak1997 on April 5, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    CSK has got almost the similar squad over the past 5 seasons. That's what makes them strong as a team. They haven't really bolstered their bowling line up. The fast bowling still remains as a niggle despite the inclusion of Dirk Nannes. Playing in Chennai wouldn't matter them much though. Looking forward to Raina, Dhoni and of course our Sir. Jadeja!

  • on April 5, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    There were poor performances in a particular season but CSK did exactly what was required at the right time whenever they were in trouble.

    It's the challenge to other teams who each time struggle to settle down during a season when compared to CSK's cool & settled demeanor.

    Whatever controversies there may be, no doubt the leadership makes the difference with MSD as captain and Stephen Fleming as coach.

  • Farhana.farha on April 5, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    No doubt csk should win this lpl bcoz of the from raina,vijjay,dhoni,ashwin,jadeja,bravo. They also have mr.cricket and big hitter in world cricket albe

  • on April 5, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Srilanka players out of chennai is a disadv for the other franchises , but i dont think it as aa gr8 adv fro chennai .Because they r capable of beating any team . Nw the margin of defeat is the question in place .Definitely the most settled team and a franchise that can be compared with the likes of English premier league

  • Samychennai on April 5, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    There were so many controversies over CSK about Srilankan players exclusion at Chennai. Everybody should remember that those players were playing each year against CSK and still CSK was the winner. Though some of players couldn't make their availability in time still CSK is strongest because they are packed of local powerhouses. CSK is mini Indian team because out of 11 players 8 players were playing for Indian national team. So, they could win any side and it doesn't matter. GO CSK GO!!!!!

  • IndCricFan2013 on April 4, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    In the absence of all 3 SA players and 2 SL players for 1st match it is good if both Hilfenhaus and Nannes open the bowling. Last India spot can go to Aparajith, local player, young player, spining all rounder, this is what IPL is for.

    1. Murali Vijay 2.Michael Hussey 3.Suresh Raina 4. Subramaniam Badrinath 5. MS Dhoni 6. Dwayne Bravo 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Baba Aparajith 9. Ravichandran Ashwin 10. Dirk Nannes 11. Ben Hilfenhaus

  • torsha on April 4, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    All other IPL teams should learn how to play as a team from CSK.

  • TRAM on April 4, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    The top 2 qualities of CSK are their professionalism (of the admins) and the cool/calmness of the coach & captain (and some players). And they are aggressive in decisions and in performance. I wish Stephen Fleming is hired as India coach.

  • maddy20 on April 4, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Though I agree they have been bending rules consistently, they have been the best IPL side by a long distance, led by India's most successful captain. Their best way to put this controversy to rest is to beat teams in their own backyard. On the other hand if they can't do that it will add fuel to the fire!

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    @ssenthil agree with your team and batting line up 100% unless there's slow wickets in which case both Dhoni and Bravo should leapfrog Badrinth/Aparjith to finish the innings in strongest way possible ! often thought last yr Dhoni Bravo's batting didn't get put to full destructive use

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo is a key player his power and finishing with bat, clever bowling and top fielding puts him among the best all rounders in the IPL for me.

  • on April 4, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    CSK is the only team always come up in flying colors in do or die situation

  • couchpundit on April 4, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    CSK is the only club that plays as Team in IPL, unlike the rest of the league where matches are won by impact players.

  • ercdanbu on April 4, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    CSK has the most consistent performance in all IPLs and it is pretty much sure that they will come atleast to Semis in this IPL. Really curious to see Hussey's role in CSK after his retirement from test and ODIs.

  • Retiredat16 on April 4, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    why is badrinath not mentioned in the key players section. He has been extremely consistent and in cases where International Mr.Cricket gets out early, this indian Mr.cricket was shouldering to save the team from blushes! The only problem would be he cant switch gears at will as MSD or raina. But still he is always a key player!!

  • androyuvi on April 4, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    THE Team of IPL. This team has no impact players like other teams do, but this is possibly in the only IPL team which has so many contributing players. Most of their wins have been as a team . They always find one or two steps into every occasion. Win or lose, no matter what, my support for CSK never ceases. GO CSK! Give us some good cricket.

  • Sakthiivel on April 4, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Super kings is the strongest team on paper & field.,

  • Sakthiivel on April 4, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Super kings is the strongest team on paper & field.,

  • androyuvi on April 4, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    THE Team of IPL. This team has no impact players like other teams do, but this is possibly in the only IPL team which has so many contributing players. Most of their wins have been as a team . They always find one or two steps into every occasion. Win or lose, no matter what, my support for CSK never ceases. GO CSK! Give us some good cricket.

  • Retiredat16 on April 4, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    why is badrinath not mentioned in the key players section. He has been extremely consistent and in cases where International Mr.Cricket gets out early, this indian Mr.cricket was shouldering to save the team from blushes! The only problem would be he cant switch gears at will as MSD or raina. But still he is always a key player!!

  • ercdanbu on April 4, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    CSK has the most consistent performance in all IPLs and it is pretty much sure that they will come atleast to Semis in this IPL. Really curious to see Hussey's role in CSK after his retirement from test and ODIs.

  • couchpundit on April 4, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    CSK is the only club that plays as Team in IPL, unlike the rest of the league where matches are won by impact players.

  • on April 4, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    CSK is the only team always come up in flying colors in do or die situation

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo is a key player his power and finishing with bat, clever bowling and top fielding puts him among the best all rounders in the IPL for me.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 4, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    @ssenthil agree with your team and batting line up 100% unless there's slow wickets in which case both Dhoni and Bravo should leapfrog Badrinth/Aparjith to finish the innings in strongest way possible ! often thought last yr Dhoni Bravo's batting didn't get put to full destructive use

  • maddy20 on April 4, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Though I agree they have been bending rules consistently, they have been the best IPL side by a long distance, led by India's most successful captain. Their best way to put this controversy to rest is to beat teams in their own backyard. On the other hand if they can't do that it will add fuel to the fire!

  • TRAM on April 4, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    The top 2 qualities of CSK are their professionalism (of the admins) and the cool/calmness of the coach & captain (and some players). And they are aggressive in decisions and in performance. I wish Stephen Fleming is hired as India coach.