Chennai Super Kings 2013 review May 25, 2013

Controversy mars another top CSK showing

On the field, Chennai Super Kings produced one of their best seasons yet; off the filed, the franchise was squarely in the spotlight cast by the alleged corruption in the tournament
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Where they finished
Runner's up. Chennai Super Kings, in another remarkable showing, reiterated that they are consistently the team to beat in the IPL. For the fifth time in six IPLs, Super Kings made the final. For the second time in two years, however, they failed to clear the final hurdle.

In the group stage, they had their most dominant season yet. In contrast to previous editions - 2010 and 2012, in particular - when they had to make a late scramble to make the playoffs, this year there was hardly ever a doubt that Super Kings would progress. They finished at the top of the points table, despite a big loss in their last group game. At one point, they equalled the IPL record for the most number of consecutive wins: seven. A standout feature of their success was the away victories: in a year when several teams were dominant at home, Super Kings were the only side to win more than they lost in away games.

What went right
As has been the case across IPL seasons, Super Kings' biggest strength was that everyone contributed. Michael Hussey might have finished as the tournament's top run-scorer, with 733 runs (equalling Chris Gayle's record for the highest aggregate in a single season) at 52.35, but Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni averaged over 40, too. Dwayne Bravo might have led the wickets chart with 32 at 15.53 (the record tally for a season), but Mohit Sharma, R Ashwin and Chris Morris totalled 15 wickets or more as well. Hussey, Raina, Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bravo, Morris ... they all produced match-winning contributions at different stages.

In the lead-up to this season, both in the auction and while signing uncapped players, Super Kings' obvious strategy was to strengthen their pace bowling. This noticeably worked for them, with Mohit and Morris becoming regulars in the line-up and adding some sting to what was previously Super Kings' weakest department.

Also, Super Kings seemed to have worked out a solid formula for their batting, and it worked more often than not - begin solidly instead of flamboyantly, build steadily in the first half of the innings, and let the big-hitters loose in the second half. In the final five overs this season, Super Kings scored at 11.29, the best among all the teams. That meant when they batted first, they eased to imposing totals on several occasions; when they chased, they came back to win several times when the match seemed to have got beyond them.

What went wrong
In the final, most of the aspects that made Super Kings a force this season were missing, but there's no denying 2013 was a good year for the team. On the field, that is. Off the field, Super Kings were at the heart of the biggest IPL controversy in six seasons. With top franchise official Gurunath Meiyappan being arrested for alleged betting in the final week of the tournament, the long-standing issue of N Srinivasan's conflict of interest was raked up. Srinivasan is the managing director of India Cements, the franchise owners, and the president of the BCCI. Meiyappan is his son-in-law, and till now was projected as the "team principal". Suddenly, Meiyappan is no longer a bigwig in Super Kings, Srinivasan is under pressure for holding on to his post in the BCCI, and the franchise faces the possibility of being disbanded. Will Super Kings, the team in the IPL, still exist when the Champions League comes around in October?

Best player
Super Kings most often structure wins around their batting, and this year their batting was most often built around Michael Hussey. His 17 innings included knocks of 95, 88, 86*, 86*, 67 and 65* - six of the top ten scores by a Super Kings batsman this year. He was one of only two batsmen in the IPL to aggregate over 700 runs, one of only three to average over 50 (400 runs min.), and scored his runs at a very acceptable rate of 130. While he was as solid as ever, he showed that he could also improvise to up the scoring rate when needed: one of the shots of the season was the ramp he played off a yorker-length delivery from Lasith Malinga, over fine leg, for six, in the first Qualifier. At 38, and without the pressures of international cricket to deal with anymore, Hussey should have at least another good year left in him. If he is not retained by Super Kings, he'll be one of the buys of the 2014 auction.

Poor performer
M Vijay looked the weakest link in the Super Kings line-up this year. His stats were not the worst - he scored 312 at 22.28 - but he inspired very little confidence with the manner in which he batted. There were several swings and misses, and he hardly ever dominated the bowling; his strike rate was just 109.09. And this when so much was expected of him, after his excellent showing in the home Test series against Australia in February-March.

Surprise package
Mohit Sharma came into the IPL on the back of a solid Ranji Trophy season, in which he claimed 37 wickets at 23.24. He was one of four Indian quicks signed by Super Kings this year, and had to wait a couple of games before he got his chance. When he did get into the eleven, he bowled an economical spell against Royal Challengers Bangalore and then led Super Kings' rout of Delhi Daredevils with figures of 3-0-10-3 (including the wickets of Warner and Sehwag). He played every match after that, and finished as Super Kings' second-highest wicket-taker (20) and most economical bowler (6.43). Apart from his accuracy in keeping the ball on offstump, he impressed with his back-of-the-hand slower ball.

Recommended for retention
MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Michael Hussey

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 28, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    My 4 will be MSD,Suresh Raina,faf and Bravo. Simple reason these 4 players will be a big bet in the auctions.....After a poor show this year Vijay might not find a place in have the teams,we might take him back then.Ashwin , jaddu and Mohit will be tough to get back but even 2 of the three will be good.We will need a good australian bowler this year Or get one of Malinga,Morne morkel,Styen, or even get back hilfy who i think did nothing wrong for not playing in the eleven ahead of holder.I seriously Hope Everything turns out well and We will have a proper game Next Year.

  • CricketMaan on May 28, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Disappointed to loose 2 finals in 2 years, but a better team won this year. That drop catch of Pollard and Dhoni at No.7 were two key moments that turned the match on its head. I hope CSK brand survies the turmoil. I feel sorry for the players and us fans. Unless N.Srini pulls all his might, CSK could very well go down with a ban if GM is found guilty of betting. For no reason of thiers, players and fans will sufer. BTW, i thought no players will be retained in next auction and all must be at the auction table? Has the rule changed?

  • SadhaP on May 30, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    the 4 players to retain Dhoni, Raina and Hussey, Bravo , If hussey accepts coaching then retain Faf. Ashwin, Vijay shown very poor performance this season. Doesn't deserve to be in the retain list. They should get quality Pace bowler (not all rounder) either from SA or from Aus, also some quality spinner Mishra or Karan will strengthen the bowling attack.

  • xylo on May 29, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    I doubt if Hussey will be retained by CSK. Remember Hayden's last IPL season? One thing that I believe will happen is that Hussey might replace Fleming as coach. That is, if, and it looks like a big if, IPL 7 happens.

  • zeus_kris on May 28, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    I can't understand why people want to retain Ashwin and Jadeja. Ashwin was the worst performer in the later half of the league. He didn't pickup middle order wickets, and this allowed opposition teams (RR, MI, RCB, SRH) even after they were 4 or 5 down early to post or chase competitive scores. CSK was fortunate that Bravo performed well instead to pick up the slack. Jadeja, considering his tentative batting, is not worth $1M+.

    CSK should retain, Dhoni, Raina, Bravo and one of Hussey or Faf.

    Ashwin and Mohit we could buy back if needed. No need to keep or buy Vijay or Badri.

  • on May 28, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    4 Players will be Dhoni Raina Bravo and sir/ashwin....They wont retain hussey because he wont be playing all 3 years of contract....

  • ladycricfan on May 28, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    As far as we know Meiyappan is not a share holder of india cements Ltd. He is an honorary member of CSK. He is not paid for his role (what ever that is, we don't know the details yet). He is alleged to have been involved in betting. If proven the penalty for which is Rs200. Take all these into account, only out come of the inquiry will be, meiyappan will be suspended( if proven guilty) and CSK will continue as a franchise. India cements run 12+ cricket teams. Csk is one of them. people who run the cricket teams are ex cricketers who are also employees of india cements. I think CSK is the only franchise whose owner has experience in cricket. It will be a great loss to IPL if CSK is terminated or given to any other owner.

  • anver777 on May 28, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Dhoni, Raina, Bravo & Hussey should be retained.......but to buy other players my biggest confusion is who's gonna represent CSK at the next year's Auction ????

  • Rajeev129 on May 28, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    In my view, in any team foreign players should not be retained. But except Gayle, Malinga and Watson. For every other player, you can find a replacement in another player.

  • Shridharan.S on May 28, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings should retain Dhoni,Raina,Hussey,Mohit Sharma.Putting M Sharma in the auction would be a risk.After his strong showing,a couple of franchisees would be interested in him and CSK could lose him.Many teams including CSK lack a good Indian Seam Bowler and that is why other teams too will be interested in him.CSK should also buy a quality overseas pacer and I think Tim Southee ,Trent Boult could be drafted.

  • on May 28, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    My 4 will be MSD,Suresh Raina,faf and Bravo. Simple reason these 4 players will be a big bet in the auctions.....After a poor show this year Vijay might not find a place in have the teams,we might take him back then.Ashwin , jaddu and Mohit will be tough to get back but even 2 of the three will be good.We will need a good australian bowler this year Or get one of Malinga,Morne morkel,Styen, or even get back hilfy who i think did nothing wrong for not playing in the eleven ahead of holder.I seriously Hope Everything turns out well and We will have a proper game Next Year.

  • CricketMaan on May 28, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Disappointed to loose 2 finals in 2 years, but a better team won this year. That drop catch of Pollard and Dhoni at No.7 were two key moments that turned the match on its head. I hope CSK brand survies the turmoil. I feel sorry for the players and us fans. Unless N.Srini pulls all his might, CSK could very well go down with a ban if GM is found guilty of betting. For no reason of thiers, players and fans will sufer. BTW, i thought no players will be retained in next auction and all must be at the auction table? Has the rule changed?

  • SadhaP on May 30, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    the 4 players to retain Dhoni, Raina and Hussey, Bravo , If hussey accepts coaching then retain Faf. Ashwin, Vijay shown very poor performance this season. Doesn't deserve to be in the retain list. They should get quality Pace bowler (not all rounder) either from SA or from Aus, also some quality spinner Mishra or Karan will strengthen the bowling attack.

  • xylo on May 29, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    I doubt if Hussey will be retained by CSK. Remember Hayden's last IPL season? One thing that I believe will happen is that Hussey might replace Fleming as coach. That is, if, and it looks like a big if, IPL 7 happens.

  • zeus_kris on May 28, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    I can't understand why people want to retain Ashwin and Jadeja. Ashwin was the worst performer in the later half of the league. He didn't pickup middle order wickets, and this allowed opposition teams (RR, MI, RCB, SRH) even after they were 4 or 5 down early to post or chase competitive scores. CSK was fortunate that Bravo performed well instead to pick up the slack. Jadeja, considering his tentative batting, is not worth $1M+.

    CSK should retain, Dhoni, Raina, Bravo and one of Hussey or Faf.

    Ashwin and Mohit we could buy back if needed. No need to keep or buy Vijay or Badri.

  • on May 28, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    4 Players will be Dhoni Raina Bravo and sir/ashwin....They wont retain hussey because he wont be playing all 3 years of contract....

  • ladycricfan on May 28, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    As far as we know Meiyappan is not a share holder of india cements Ltd. He is an honorary member of CSK. He is not paid for his role (what ever that is, we don't know the details yet). He is alleged to have been involved in betting. If proven the penalty for which is Rs200. Take all these into account, only out come of the inquiry will be, meiyappan will be suspended( if proven guilty) and CSK will continue as a franchise. India cements run 12+ cricket teams. Csk is one of them. people who run the cricket teams are ex cricketers who are also employees of india cements. I think CSK is the only franchise whose owner has experience in cricket. It will be a great loss to IPL if CSK is terminated or given to any other owner.

  • anver777 on May 28, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Dhoni, Raina, Bravo & Hussey should be retained.......but to buy other players my biggest confusion is who's gonna represent CSK at the next year's Auction ????

  • Rajeev129 on May 28, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    In my view, in any team foreign players should not be retained. But except Gayle, Malinga and Watson. For every other player, you can find a replacement in another player.

  • Shridharan.S on May 28, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings should retain Dhoni,Raina,Hussey,Mohit Sharma.Putting M Sharma in the auction would be a risk.After his strong showing,a couple of franchisees would be interested in him and CSK could lose him.Many teams including CSK lack a good Indian Seam Bowler and that is why other teams too will be interested in him.CSK should also buy a quality overseas pacer and I think Tim Southee ,Trent Boult could be drafted.

  • ladycricfan on May 28, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Captains for IPL7:

    CSK: Dhoni

    MI: Rohit

    RR: Rahane

    SRH: Dhawan

    RCB: Kohli

    KXIP: Chawla

    KKR: Gambhir

    DD: Sehwag

  • on May 28, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    If its 4, then I think, CSK will retain Dhoni, Raina, Sir Jadeja & Bravo. But, if its 5 then CSK would add either Ashwin or Morkel in the retain list. In the next year auction, CSK should go for at least 5 overseas fast bowlers. The backup allrounder for Bravo & Morkel could be Azhar Mahmood. My 5 overseas fast bowlers would be Hilfenhaus, faulkner, Steven Finn (if available otherwise kane richardson), Chris Morris and Wayne Parnell. As far as overseas batsmen are concerned, I would like to have Faf Du Plesis, Aaron finch & Adam Voges. I HAVE PICKED ALL THESE PLAYERS KEEPING IN THE MIND THE MONEY CSK CAN SPEND TO BUY PLAYERS.

  • ladycricfan on May 28, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Retain Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin and bravo. Buy back Hussey, faf, Morris ,vijay Jadeja,Albie, Badri if possible. Because of his age factor there won't be much competition for Hussey. Uncapped players are not put in the auction. So Mohit Sharma, anirudha and other young Indian players stay in the squad unless franchise releases them.

  • A.Ak on May 28, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    MI clearly had huge luck in this knockout games, miss hits, edges went for four more than usual. when they were facing RR and CSK in the final, both of their opponents were in crisis. But MI did reasonably well, particularly after poor start to their season Want to see the same CSK again.

  • A.Ak on May 28, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    In a way, it is good for India that MVjay is still in test playing mode.

  • on May 28, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Hussey for the Ashes tour!

  • on May 28, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    CSK should retain Dhoni, Raina and Bravo. Hussey should not be retained because of the age factor, neither should be Ashwin as his effectiveness has decreased considerably over the last couple of seasons. Even Du Plessis can be considered for retention as he has a bright future ahead of him.

  • Abitha on May 28, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    I felt before the match Faf Du Plesis at the expense of Morris for the Finals He is also a good bowler. Retain MSD RAINA HUSSEY M SHARMA BRAVO JADEJA FAF HOLDER HILFENHAUS. Ashwin, Vijay,Anirudha, Saha. Vijay in benches and Anirudha or Saha in his place. No Morkel Kashinath

  • on May 28, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    I would retain Faf in place of Hussey!

  • on May 28, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    no need to retain any one because entire team will be banned from ipl. Even ipl will be banned.

  • here2rock on May 28, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    It is not a bad feat to be in the 5 out of 6 finals. Once you are in the final it can go either way. The team performed badly in the final but a lot had to do with off field distractions. The players put a good show during the season and in particular the captain Dhoni.

  • on May 28, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Faf seems a really good option for a opening batsman. He can fill Hussey's shoe even if CSK miss out on Hussey (which I hope they don't). Dhoni Raina and Ashwin with Bravo. Mohit Sharma and Badrinath also are a must buy. I think CSK must look down under for a quality pace attack.

  • on May 28, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    it wil be good raina released by CSK. So that another franchisey get one more indaian player to lead the team

  • on May 28, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Retain - Dhoni, Raina, Bravo, Hussey. In auction, go hard after Ashwin, Jadeja, Morkel, Saha, Mohit, Morris, Holder.

  • on May 28, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Despite being a hardcore CSK fan, or a MSD fan, i believe that all players should be pooled in now and should be up for grabs in the mega-auction. Retaining 4 players means u arent changing the dynamics of the team at all. I see it difficult for the likes of PWI, if they play next year, to make any sort of impact. Rather, a complete overhaul gives each time a fair chance to select a favorable squad next year.

  • on May 28, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    @bravo how can u not retain raina???

  • cnksnk on May 28, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    CSK as a team is keen on all rounders. So I do not see Hussey being retained ( he is not a 3 year player). Instead I suspect that they will retain Morris or Bravo.

    Separately I am not too sure why every one is talking of CSK being disbanded. I am aware that if a player or administrator brings the game or BCCI into disrepute then the team can be disqualified. However just because the press and police are mentioning corruption and betting, currently they are all allegations. Until a judgement is pronounced in court how can any one be deemed guilty and till then where is the question of bringing the game to disrepute. Mere police allegations are not good enough. Given the time lines for cases to be heared and judgement pronounced, it is safe to assume that the current time line of 10 years will be over before any judgement is pronounced and a call take on the franchise. So there is no risk of CSK being disqualified.

  • kingkarthik on May 28, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    My two cents for the retention - Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin and Jadeja. Simple logic. It would be hard to get quality Indian players, after all your team needs to have seven of them. These four will definitely be highly sort in the auction and CSK can potentially lose them. Then in the auction they need to go big for Bravo. Think rationally, it makes the most sense. For all those who are dishing Ashwin, yes he had an off colour season, but check what he did in the previous 5 seasons. Long term prospect and it is not like there are better talented spinners in the league. He present peers in Ojha and Rahul Sharma did absolutely nothing. Harbhajan will be retained by Mumbai. Mishra will be retained by SRH. Chawla, the lollipop bowler might be the only one out there and no one wants to get that pudding.

  • shrastogi on May 28, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    I think any review of CSK should have also mentioned that they hvae won fair play award. In a season of turmoil for everyone with betting & spot fixing if we dont give emphasis to this fact this would be a disservice to the game. I'm proud of the fact the CSK played fair on the field. Nice guys would also win trophy in future.

  • satishchandar on May 28, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Recommended for retain would be, Dhoni, Raina, Bravo and Ashwin.. Ashwin inspite of not performing to his best would still go on as one best in this format.. If not for Ashwin, retain Jadeja.. Hussey might not be available for entire 3 years span so it is better to go with Bravo.. On Vijay, i certainly feel there are better openers than Vijay in the country if he played like what he did this IPL.. I have some reservation in retain him..

  • IndCricFan2013 on May 28, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    If it is 4 then I would retain Hussey, Raina, Dhoni and Mohit Sharma.

    I think they should amend the rules to keep 2 foreigners and 4 Indian players.

    If it is 6, then Hussey, Raina, Dhoni and Mohit Sharma + Ashwin + Bravo.

  • TKM-terrors on May 28, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    shud hav retained bravo ahead of ashwin

  • on May 27, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    I would rather retain Bravo or Mohit than Hussey. Hussey currently was fresh of a retirement but had only been retired for 4 months. Next year though Hussey wouldn't have played much cricket for a whole year and he will end up being rusty. Have a look at the performance of all retired people in IPL (Hayden in 2011, Gilly after 2009, Ganguly, Muralitharan). Baring dravid they have all been large liabilities coz they have gone rusty.

  • ARad on May 27, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    A case can be made for retaining Sir Jadeja for Ashwin if one considers Jadeja's batting and fielding. Hussey should get the nod above Bravo for the foreign player slot but age and the difficulty of finding a true allrounder may tilt it towards Bravo too.

  • usernames on May 27, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    If there are four players to be retained, I'd just retain Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, and Hussey. If 6, I'd retain Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Hussey, Faf, Morris.

    Retaining Ashwin doesn't make any sense--there's no dearth of spinners in the country and with the kind of role Ashwin plays, it wouldn't be too big a loss even if were to go away. Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja have very important roles to play whereas Hussey and Faf are our best overseas players. Morris is going to develop very well, so I'd retain him over any other foreign player too.

  • thinkgood on May 27, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    I would retain Bravo in place of Suresh Raina - that of course Dhoni allows it to happen.

  • on May 27, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    No point retaining Hussey. When you retain someone, you look at 3 seasons as a whole and Hussey doesn't fit into this. Despite a terrific season for CSK, he is too old to be retained. Also, I don't think he will fetch a bumper contract at next year's auction. CSK can retain Bravo instead.

  • Sanghimangi on May 27, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Dhoni and Raina will be retained. But the retention of Ashwin and Hussey is highly debatable. Instead of Ashwin, Vijay who is retained earlier auction, will be carried forward for this time too. Coming to Hussey, First three years Hayden and next three years Hussey job as opener done. So, instead of Hussey, they always have good option to purchase good foreign opener or they'll buy Hussey back. To retain, they will favor Bravo/Morkel or even Morris.

    Season review: CSK -(minus)- Hussey and Dhoni: Cant even feature in the Play-offs. They are in the rank more than they deserve, as usual. And also Morris, Bravo and Mohit have assisted this ship to float on the water till finals.

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Bravo should be retained too

  • on May 27, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Bravo should be retained too

  • Sanghimangi on May 27, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Dhoni and Raina will be retained. But the retention of Ashwin and Hussey is highly debatable. Instead of Ashwin, Vijay who is retained earlier auction, will be carried forward for this time too. Coming to Hussey, First three years Hayden and next three years Hussey job as opener done. So, instead of Hussey, they always have good option to purchase good foreign opener or they'll buy Hussey back. To retain, they will favor Bravo/Morkel or even Morris.

    Season review: CSK -(minus)- Hussey and Dhoni: Cant even feature in the Play-offs. They are in the rank more than they deserve, as usual. And also Morris, Bravo and Mohit have assisted this ship to float on the water till finals.

  • on May 27, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    No point retaining Hussey. When you retain someone, you look at 3 seasons as a whole and Hussey doesn't fit into this. Despite a terrific season for CSK, he is too old to be retained. Also, I don't think he will fetch a bumper contract at next year's auction. CSK can retain Bravo instead.

  • thinkgood on May 27, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    I would retain Bravo in place of Suresh Raina - that of course Dhoni allows it to happen.

  • usernames on May 27, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    If there are four players to be retained, I'd just retain Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, and Hussey. If 6, I'd retain Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Hussey, Faf, Morris.

    Retaining Ashwin doesn't make any sense--there's no dearth of spinners in the country and with the kind of role Ashwin plays, it wouldn't be too big a loss even if were to go away. Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja have very important roles to play whereas Hussey and Faf are our best overseas players. Morris is going to develop very well, so I'd retain him over any other foreign player too.

  • ARad on May 27, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    A case can be made for retaining Sir Jadeja for Ashwin if one considers Jadeja's batting and fielding. Hussey should get the nod above Bravo for the foreign player slot but age and the difficulty of finding a true allrounder may tilt it towards Bravo too.

  • on May 27, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    I would rather retain Bravo or Mohit than Hussey. Hussey currently was fresh of a retirement but had only been retired for 4 months. Next year though Hussey wouldn't have played much cricket for a whole year and he will end up being rusty. Have a look at the performance of all retired people in IPL (Hayden in 2011, Gilly after 2009, Ganguly, Muralitharan). Baring dravid they have all been large liabilities coz they have gone rusty.

  • TKM-terrors on May 28, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    shud hav retained bravo ahead of ashwin

  • IndCricFan2013 on May 28, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    If it is 4 then I would retain Hussey, Raina, Dhoni and Mohit Sharma.

    I think they should amend the rules to keep 2 foreigners and 4 Indian players.

    If it is 6, then Hussey, Raina, Dhoni and Mohit Sharma + Ashwin + Bravo.

  • satishchandar on May 28, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Recommended for retain would be, Dhoni, Raina, Bravo and Ashwin.. Ashwin inspite of not performing to his best would still go on as one best in this format.. If not for Ashwin, retain Jadeja.. Hussey might not be available for entire 3 years span so it is better to go with Bravo.. On Vijay, i certainly feel there are better openers than Vijay in the country if he played like what he did this IPL.. I have some reservation in retain him..