Chennai v Pune, IPL 2013, Chennai April 16, 2013

Openers' failure costing CSK - Badrinath

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Following Chennai Super Kings' unexpected loss to Pune Warriors, batsman S Badrinath has admitted to the team having issues with their opening combination. Apart from the match against Kings XI Punjab, in which Super Kings cruised to a 10-wicket win, their openers have failed to lay the required platform, Badrinath said.

"The openers are not able to get us to the required start. In that one game against KXIP, the openers just saw us through. Apart from that, this is an issue that needs to be addressed," Badrinath told the IPL website. "Faf [du Plessis] was brilliant for us last season at the top of the order. Opening is such a key role in Twenty20 cricket. In the first six overs the fielders are inside and you need to capitalise on that. That start takes on the momentum to the middle order and further in the innings."

In their first three matches Super Kings opened with Michael Hussey and M Vijay, and apart from the game against Kings XI, the pair put on stands of 10 and 4 in two overs each. Against Pune Warriors, Hussey was left out to accommodate allrounder Albie Morkel, and Vijay opened with S Anirudha, who was out for a second-ball duck. South Africa's du Plessis, who was successful when given the chance to open in 2012, is out with injury.

The idea behind leaving Hussey out, Badrinath said, was to improve the team balance: "It was something to do with the combination. We wanted Anirudha to get quick runs at the top, and to get Albie in to add some firepower in the batting and another bowling option. It was very unfortunate that Anirudha got out off the second ball."

Badrinath, however, still backed his batsmen to come good. "Let's be honest: we haven't been able to get great starts and we've lost too many wickets at the top order. That's something that needs to be addressed," he said. "However, these batsmen have done it for us before and we need to have faith in them."

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  • on April 16, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    Good for CSK to have such a lesson in the early stage of the tournament.

    The team that played against the Pune Warriors was a very well balanced team. The problem was the approach in batting. When you know that the pitch will slow down in a while, you should make use of the hard new ball and the fielding restrictions. But, the CSK top order failed to capitalize those.

    CSK should aim for atleast 50 runs in the first 6 overs. When you have a deep batting line up, there is no point in being overcautious in the precious powerplay overs. Atlest one of the openers should go after the bowling with the 'fear free' approach. Anirudha is the best man to do it for the CSK. Anirudha is a very explosive batsman who deserves more opportunity.

    Suresh Raina's form is another concern for CSK. He has not fired yet as he did in the previous editions. Once he finds his touch, the batting will be more formidable.

    In my opinion, the same team can be given another chance.

    *****Come on CSK*****

  • satishchandar on April 16, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Faf for Albie.. That should do it .. That guy can dominate bowling on his day like anyone else.. If Vijay can dominate bowling early, it would make sense to persist with Hussey but Vijay is now in test mode and feel both Vijay and Hussey taking time to settle wouldn't be a good thing to do.. Especially if they are not going to carry on for more overs to make up for slow start..

    I would bring in Faf for sure as opener, Bravo and Morris will be my all rounders and Nannes will be my first choice quick.. That ends the overseas quota.. CSK has good local quotient as well..

    If CSK can have a good start and the players dont set it more than 12 an over for last 5 overs, they will do the job for sure.. None would count off the champion team..

  • thinkgood on April 18, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    May be opening batsmen failed. But the bowlers and lackluster fielding in the first innings set the tone of the match. You cant afford to give more than half the runs hit in the first six overs and last 2 overs - especially to a team such a PWI. So there is a bigger problem of lack of motivation and indiscipline on the field is more apparent than the top order batting failure. If you dont see the real issues then it would cost CSK dearly in the coming away matches .

  • Vilander on April 17, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    take more risks in first 10 overs simple.

  • PointFielder on April 17, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Ashwin is a big issue.He is run choker but if spinner cannot take 3 or 4 wicket hauls in India then it will hurt any franchisee.CSK probably has the worst bowling attack.

  • abcrwes on April 17, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    I think its too early for anyone to blame CSK's openers. And going into the IPL website, Badri was just answering specific questions during an interview, its not that he picked out the openers to blame for defeat. Now for CSK to succeed Badri must also succeed. 30+ scores are not enough. He needs to recapture the 2011 form and aim for 60+ scores with at least 130% strike-rate. His batting seems very predictable and he picks out the same shots/areas to score boundaries. And in my opinion, Bravo seems not to fit well in the batting line up though he is excellent from bowling perspective. If Morkel can bowl like Bravo, then Morkel must replace Bravo. Hussey, if at all he needs to be replaced, must be replaced by Faf. CSK can afford to retain Raina out of form, as even if he stores 20+, its at a faster rate and when he fails, there is Badri to stabilize.

  • TRAM on April 17, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    The biggest blunder from Dhoni is not picking a 3rd spinner (I suggested Aparajith the good young U19 alrounder already). 3 foreign pace bowlers in Albie, Morris & Nannes ok approach, only because Albie is also a big hitter.

    Keep the same team except bring in Aparajith in place of Anirudh. So you have 3 pace & 3 spin bowlers plus Raina as 4th spinner. Let Albie open with Vijay. Albie should go berserk from ball 1. Dhoni, Bravo should come as early as possible. Only then Jadeja & Raina. I would suggest keep the left/right combination all the time and choose the batting order accordingly on the fly. That upsets the opponents a lot. I need to also say Nannes bowled horrible yesterday. Whats up with those leg stump deliveries?!! I always say this. Non-alrounders such as Nannes, Badri, Vijay, Morris, Anirudh, etc ... you guys better be match winners in your department (batting or bowling). Otherwise, your failure hurts the team bad. Average players have no place in T20.

  • AruvaVelu on April 16, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    CSK needs to score at least 5 to 6 runs per over for the first 5 overs. They use the 1st 5 overs like test match and suffer at the last 5 overs. Also, when they know that the run rate is going high, instead of accelerating the RR, they wait till the last 2 to 3 overs to hit.

  • indiancricfaninusa on April 16, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Wondering how Chennai can loose when they have Sir Jadeja.

  • on April 16, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Use Morkel effectively,hussey and vijay pair is fine all thru the ipl seasons, better MSD can go with an all rounder instead a bowler nannes...that will give you a positive confidence that your team can bat till the 11th one..Morkel is the one who can turn things upside down...and he has done it for CSK for the past few years of ipl.......

  • on April 16, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    Good for CSK to have such a lesson in the early stage of the tournament.

    The team that played against the Pune Warriors was a very well balanced team. The problem was the approach in batting. When you know that the pitch will slow down in a while, you should make use of the hard new ball and the fielding restrictions. But, the CSK top order failed to capitalize those.

    CSK should aim for atleast 50 runs in the first 6 overs. When you have a deep batting line up, there is no point in being overcautious in the precious powerplay overs. Atlest one of the openers should go after the bowling with the 'fear free' approach. Anirudha is the best man to do it for the CSK. Anirudha is a very explosive batsman who deserves more opportunity.

    Suresh Raina's form is another concern for CSK. He has not fired yet as he did in the previous editions. Once he finds his touch, the batting will be more formidable.

    In my opinion, the same team can be given another chance.

    *****Come on CSK*****

  • satishchandar on April 16, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Faf for Albie.. That should do it .. That guy can dominate bowling on his day like anyone else.. If Vijay can dominate bowling early, it would make sense to persist with Hussey but Vijay is now in test mode and feel both Vijay and Hussey taking time to settle wouldn't be a good thing to do.. Especially if they are not going to carry on for more overs to make up for slow start..

    I would bring in Faf for sure as opener, Bravo and Morris will be my all rounders and Nannes will be my first choice quick.. That ends the overseas quota.. CSK has good local quotient as well..

    If CSK can have a good start and the players dont set it more than 12 an over for last 5 overs, they will do the job for sure.. None would count off the champion team..

  • thinkgood on April 18, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    May be opening batsmen failed. But the bowlers and lackluster fielding in the first innings set the tone of the match. You cant afford to give more than half the runs hit in the first six overs and last 2 overs - especially to a team such a PWI. So there is a bigger problem of lack of motivation and indiscipline on the field is more apparent than the top order batting failure. If you dont see the real issues then it would cost CSK dearly in the coming away matches .

  • Vilander on April 17, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    take more risks in first 10 overs simple.

  • PointFielder on April 17, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Ashwin is a big issue.He is run choker but if spinner cannot take 3 or 4 wicket hauls in India then it will hurt any franchisee.CSK probably has the worst bowling attack.

  • abcrwes on April 17, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    I think its too early for anyone to blame CSK's openers. And going into the IPL website, Badri was just answering specific questions during an interview, its not that he picked out the openers to blame for defeat. Now for CSK to succeed Badri must also succeed. 30+ scores are not enough. He needs to recapture the 2011 form and aim for 60+ scores with at least 130% strike-rate. His batting seems very predictable and he picks out the same shots/areas to score boundaries. And in my opinion, Bravo seems not to fit well in the batting line up though he is excellent from bowling perspective. If Morkel can bowl like Bravo, then Morkel must replace Bravo. Hussey, if at all he needs to be replaced, must be replaced by Faf. CSK can afford to retain Raina out of form, as even if he stores 20+, its at a faster rate and when he fails, there is Badri to stabilize.

  • TRAM on April 17, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    The biggest blunder from Dhoni is not picking a 3rd spinner (I suggested Aparajith the good young U19 alrounder already). 3 foreign pace bowlers in Albie, Morris & Nannes ok approach, only because Albie is also a big hitter.

    Keep the same team except bring in Aparajith in place of Anirudh. So you have 3 pace & 3 spin bowlers plus Raina as 4th spinner. Let Albie open with Vijay. Albie should go berserk from ball 1. Dhoni, Bravo should come as early as possible. Only then Jadeja & Raina. I would suggest keep the left/right combination all the time and choose the batting order accordingly on the fly. That upsets the opponents a lot. I need to also say Nannes bowled horrible yesterday. Whats up with those leg stump deliveries?!! I always say this. Non-alrounders such as Nannes, Badri, Vijay, Morris, Anirudh, etc ... you guys better be match winners in your department (batting or bowling). Otherwise, your failure hurts the team bad. Average players have no place in T20.

  • AruvaVelu on April 16, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    CSK needs to score at least 5 to 6 runs per over for the first 5 overs. They use the 1st 5 overs like test match and suffer at the last 5 overs. Also, when they know that the run rate is going high, instead of accelerating the RR, they wait till the last 2 to 3 overs to hit.

  • indiancricfaninusa on April 16, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Wondering how Chennai can loose when they have Sir Jadeja.

  • on April 16, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Use Morkel effectively,hussey and vijay pair is fine all thru the ipl seasons, better MSD can go with an all rounder instead a bowler nannes...that will give you a positive confidence that your team can bat till the 11th one..Morkel is the one who can turn things upside down...and he has done it for CSK for the past few years of ipl.......

  • pull_shot on April 16, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    please dont disturb test opener in vijay already we lost gambir for tooo much t20 that lad didnt recognize that still playing serious t20 how on earth he can play with soft hands with this much t20 exposure

  • RajSuperman on April 16, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Best combination after seeing 4 matches is 1. Huss 2. Vijay 3. Raina 4. Faf 5. Jaddu 6. Dhoni 7. Morris 8. Ashwin 9. Nannes 10. Ankit 11. Baba/ / mohit. Too much of all rounders will lead to underutilization like albie last time.

  • on April 16, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    It is utter failure of CSK batsmen to throw away a match. Openers have failed consistently. Give some shock treatment to them. Select batsmen from the benches with clear instruction to go for hitting from 1st ball. Have any body told Duplessis or Shewag or Gayle to go for runs ? It should be their own instincts to move forward. Nobody need to tell how to bat or how to phase getting runs.

  • shahzaibq on April 16, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    What balance is Morkel providing when he's not being used while bowling? If he's only there to bat, Hussey is definitely a better option!

  • on April 16, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    CSK is playing with 8 batsmen + 2 bowling allrounders & still they have been very very very extra cautious in the opening overs throughout their last 4 matches. Its more than a crime to have a slow start when u have such a big batting lineup; u should start thrashing the bowlers from the second or maximum 3rd over. If a team loaded with 10 batsmen allows bowlers like dinda, bhuvneshwar, nayar & mitchell marsh to bowl economically (6.5 runs per over) then it means the team is lacking intensity, courage, brain, quality, ability, class, strategy, form & .........

  • DeekshaSpeaks on April 16, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    The argument whether or not to include Hussey is just ridiculous. A team like CSK with the likes of Dhoni, Jadeja, Bravo, Morkel in the middle order doesn't need quick starts, it needs steady ones. And who better to deliver them than the Huss? He and Vijay are the best opening combination in the team, they just take a while to get going. They have great chemistry together at the top and understand each other's games.

    Plus Vijay is a star performer; he has to have stability at the other end to get into the groove. If you ask me Chris Morris is the one who's really skewing the balance of the side; mediocre bowling + unremarkable batting. Must get Albie instead. Bravo's not proving his worth either with ball or bat, I think he could make way for Laughlin or Hilfenhaus eventually.

  • on April 16, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    csk always have this habbit, of holding things for the last over, doesnot work always. also pune has equally great team cant afford to take things lightly. just that extra confidence in the batting depth failed.

  • on April 16, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    CSK always leaves it till the end due to the ability of Jadeja, Dhoni, Bravo and Morkel (even Morris)!! But you can't get 60 or 65 runs is 5 overs everytime, and that was exactly what happened. Hope that next time they control the chase better.

    And remove Anirudha from the team, open with Badri and Vijay, with Raina at 3, and Jaddu, Dhoni, Bravo, Morkel all moving up the order.

  • CricketpunditUSA on April 16, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Let baba open the batting. Persist with a morkel. Hussey is a liability in this format. Bardi and vijay can play the anchor role. It is only 20 overs guys. 15 runs from 4 balls is more valuable... Bringing am for mh and baba for anirudh

  • Temuzin on April 16, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Posted by Ramakrishnan Venkatasubramanian on (April 16, 2013, 9:14 GMT) Dhoni defied logic by sending Jadeja to bat ahead of power hitters like Bravo , Albie and himself . So now Jadeja is scape goat? The guy bowled pretty well and was second highest scorer with a decent strike rate what else you want from him? Anirudh out second ball should not have been selected in the team. He is good for nothing bat. He simply derailed the strategy for CSK.

  • on April 16, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    i think that the mistake we made was somewhat similar to rajasthan against pune. that is ' lack of practice' and one more..fielding.openers got really thrashed by the bowlers of pune.vijay wanted to score runs.at a certain point of time he made a poor shot selection in haste.what could the middle order batsman can do if they dont even have satisfactory start.but its all in the game. who ever knew that csk would lose the toss.failures are signals of success for one who really learns from failures. i pray god that they should rectify their mistake and turn their failures into success. i pray the almighty to shower csk and the captain of csk with her blessings and save from all the dangers

  • CSK321 on April 16, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Murali Vijay is simply not good enough. Playing 1 in 10 matches doesn't help the team, especially as an opener....Find an opener who can get some good runs consistently at a relatively good strike rate....Faf was superb...Raina is way overconfident and thinks he is the best batsman in T20 cricket..he has such a poor shot selection....needs addressing..... Badri doesn't have enough muscle to explode, and in T20, if you come in to stabilize, you better score some runs at a good pace after stabilising, which he is not able to do so far

    ...In terms of bowling, there isn't one particular bowler who bowls poorly...it is the way T20 format is, one or other bowler goes for runs...Nobody can say Dirk is a poor bowler.

    Make Vijay sit out for a couple of matches, speak to Raina, replace Badri with another explosive batsman or ask him to improve his batting, then CSK will be unbeatable!! At the moment, they are riding on MSD's brilliance and other quick lucky scores from other batsmen.

  • on April 16, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    They brought in Morkel in lace of Hussey to improve team balance and then didn't give Morkel a bowl. Amazing strategy. Hussey is a must at the opening position and they should never leave him out.

  • Advin on April 16, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Hussey is still a very fine player and has to be persisted with.On the other hand,Albie Morkel is clearly past it.

  • on April 16, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Faf,Morkel,Badri,Raina,Dhoni,jadeja,bravo,baba,jakati,ashwin,hilfenhaus

  • satishchandar on April 16, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    @kevepere : Do agree on what you said.. Still, CSK is a team fuil of guys who need to settle before smacking apart from Morkel.. The problem in 4 games was, openers took good time to get settled and made it count only once.. The powerplay score was somewhere around 34-1/2 in 6 overs which makes it 9 per over to get in 14.. If the new comers score singles for next 2 overs, 118 in 12 which is around 10 per over.. As in last game, if the settled batsmen don't go till end, it rises to 13-14 to get in 5 overs and one good over from fielding team will shut you out of the game.. If 30-1 becomes 40-45/1 in power play, will reduce the pressure on others massively..

  • thinkgood on April 16, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    This match was lost for CSK in the first six overs. Batting cannot be blamed if you have such a bad start in a T20 match. Thee is NO margin for error in this format. By blaming the batting you only hide the obvious - week frontal attack by the blowers and costly death bowling at the rear.

  • on April 16, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Nothing went right for MSD yesterday. Right from team selection, toss, field placements, bowling changes, batting collapse. None would expect Hussey to sit in the dug out. Vijay, Raina in poor forms. Lot of hype is created for Jadeja which is stupid. There are many stalwarts to be recognised as 'Sir' and not Jadeja. In his lifetime he could not have seen Sir Don Bradman!. Bringing in Albie in place of Hussey and not utilising him to bowl is a blunder. Asking Jadeja to share the new ball is more of a comedy. What made Dhoni to bring in Anirudha and that too to open the innings? All went against CSK yesterday due to poor planning.

  • thinkgood on April 16, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Give more time for the openers and tighten up the bowling - both first six and last 4. These overs are critical for a team to restrict the opposition. Batting form will come in naturally once bowlers are accurate and disciplined. I think Vijay and Hussey/Faf (Yes Faf ! ) must be given longer rope. Keep a short rope for bowlers in this format .

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on April 16, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    This match was a freak match. From start I had a feeling that Chennai will lose this match. PW were pretty lucky with the short-making by Finch. Mistakes I guess was made against Steven Smith...who is an excellent player on all counts. Teams, I guess underestimates him in training, which is why I feel that he gets so less chances with PW or even Australia national squad.

  • ladycricfan on April 16, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Vijay is taking time to switch from test mode to T20. With faf injured there is no back up for Hussey who is uncharacteristically slow this time round. Raina is yet to fire. Next match against DD is going to be on a batsman friendly pitch, that might help them find their form. Fingers crossed.

  • crindex on April 16, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Vijay needs more time to settle down. This is going to be tricky. Hussey must be replaced with Faf or even try Bravo ! . Opening spell of bowling in the first six overs and in the death overs is as critical as opening with bat. Badri needs to address more issues haunting CSK than just one.

  • on April 16, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Though Morkel was in, he was not asked to bowl at all. Moreover he was not sent up in batting order. So, his presence in XI was wasted by Dhoni. In addition, the over-confidence in Vijay, Ashwin, Raina and even Dhoni causing all sorts of problems for CSK. Let their heads loose some weight and CSK will move ahead.

  • on April 16, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    CSK's Loss against pune was very unexpected, Pune warriors who just won a match were stunning last night. If you compare overall CSK's performance it was stunning, they recently won against RCB , God knows what happened to CSK who was in the feild with 10 batsman, Not 10 ordinary batsmen but legends like M S dhoni himself. Dhoni really need to work on the opening of CSK, without a blasting start they'll never reach finals.

  • kevepere on April 16, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    if you cant win with all indian best line up for t20 which none of the other teams got. ..blame on the performance on that day. How many best indian players have Chennai got.. Vijay , Raina, Badri , Dhoni , Jadeja, Ashwin . People say that there is one weak point in batting. But what do you guys say about SRH ? Compare them with Vihari , PA Reddy , AA Reddy and Patel. Dhoni got loads of talented players in the team. Out of all 7 or 8 batsman they need only 2 to fire and rest to chip in. But in the case of SRH everyone should fire . no excuse for CSK they played badly on the day. thats it. IPL would be much more entertaining if teams are not clearly more powerful as CSK , MI and RCB leaving SRH , Kings11 and RR in the dark.

  • ARad on April 16, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Fleming said last week that there was no need to change the combination when you are winning. Then, why Hussey for Morkel when Morkel's bowling was not required?

  • on April 16, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    The Super Kings have it right. Mike Hussey has never really proven himself under pressure. And he hasn't made a score of 80+ for nearly two innings. If a guy is going to average mid-50s in T20, you can only stick with him for so long. Go CSK!

  • SamAsh07 on April 16, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Why remove Hussey? You already got million bowling options Dhoni and your team bats way down till No.10! The best combination of overseas players is - Hussey, Bravo, Morris and Nannes. If du Plessis recovers then he can take Hussey's spot. Albie Morkel is a one-off player who clicks once every 10 matches, or in other words Morkel is just another Y.Pathan or Afridi.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 16, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    may be vijay suffer from test mania.

  • on April 16, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Dhoni defied logic by sending Jadeja to bat ahead of power hitters like Bravo , Albie and himself . If Albie's bowling was not needed ,why should he be there in place of Hussey . Anirudha does not fit into the scheme of things anywhere . The loss to Pune is a classical combination of wierd team balance , overconfidence as well as poor planning . Its time that Dhoni realises this and does things correctly in the balance matches , as otherwise there is every chance that CSK may not qualify for the last 4 .

  • iamstupid on April 16, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    this team combination is perfect. persist with it.

  • iamstupid on April 16, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    this team combination is perfect. persist with it.

  • on April 16, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Dhoni defied logic by sending Jadeja to bat ahead of power hitters like Bravo , Albie and himself . If Albie's bowling was not needed ,why should he be there in place of Hussey . Anirudha does not fit into the scheme of things anywhere . The loss to Pune is a classical combination of wierd team balance , overconfidence as well as poor planning . Its time that Dhoni realises this and does things correctly in the balance matches , as otherwise there is every chance that CSK may not qualify for the last 4 .

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 16, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    may be vijay suffer from test mania.

  • SamAsh07 on April 16, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Why remove Hussey? You already got million bowling options Dhoni and your team bats way down till No.10! The best combination of overseas players is - Hussey, Bravo, Morris and Nannes. If du Plessis recovers then he can take Hussey's spot. Albie Morkel is a one-off player who clicks once every 10 matches, or in other words Morkel is just another Y.Pathan or Afridi.

  • on April 16, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    The Super Kings have it right. Mike Hussey has never really proven himself under pressure. And he hasn't made a score of 80+ for nearly two innings. If a guy is going to average mid-50s in T20, you can only stick with him for so long. Go CSK!

  • ARad on April 16, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Fleming said last week that there was no need to change the combination when you are winning. Then, why Hussey for Morkel when Morkel's bowling was not required?

  • kevepere on April 16, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    if you cant win with all indian best line up for t20 which none of the other teams got. ..blame on the performance on that day. How many best indian players have Chennai got.. Vijay , Raina, Badri , Dhoni , Jadeja, Ashwin . People say that there is one weak point in batting. But what do you guys say about SRH ? Compare them with Vihari , PA Reddy , AA Reddy and Patel. Dhoni got loads of talented players in the team. Out of all 7 or 8 batsman they need only 2 to fire and rest to chip in. But in the case of SRH everyone should fire . no excuse for CSK they played badly on the day. thats it. IPL would be much more entertaining if teams are not clearly more powerful as CSK , MI and RCB leaving SRH , Kings11 and RR in the dark.

  • on April 16, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    CSK's Loss against pune was very unexpected, Pune warriors who just won a match were stunning last night. If you compare overall CSK's performance it was stunning, they recently won against RCB , God knows what happened to CSK who was in the feild with 10 batsman, Not 10 ordinary batsmen but legends like M S dhoni himself. Dhoni really need to work on the opening of CSK, without a blasting start they'll never reach finals.

  • on April 16, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Though Morkel was in, he was not asked to bowl at all. Moreover he was not sent up in batting order. So, his presence in XI was wasted by Dhoni. In addition, the over-confidence in Vijay, Ashwin, Raina and even Dhoni causing all sorts of problems for CSK. Let their heads loose some weight and CSK will move ahead.

  • crindex on April 16, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Vijay needs more time to settle down. This is going to be tricky. Hussey must be replaced with Faf or even try Bravo ! . Opening spell of bowling in the first six overs and in the death overs is as critical as opening with bat. Badri needs to address more issues haunting CSK than just one.