Chennai Super Kings v Wayamba, CLT20 2010, Centurion September 15, 2010

Chennai play it like champions do

While Chennai were steamrolling their opponents, there was a definite sense in the stadium that a small part of history was being witnessed
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If Tiger Woods wins a 15th championship, Roger Federer scoops his 17th Grand Slam or Real Madrid storm to a 32nd La Liga title, we're unlikely to be flabbergasted. Even if it comes at a time when their Midas-like touches appear to be being eroded by younger, sexier competition, we won't be totally surprised. The truth is that all three of those are cemented in our minds as champions, deities and heroes and sooner or later we expect that they'll do something godly to reassure us that they still deserve to be thought of as such.

IPL teams do not have that status yet. How can they? The IPL is only three seasons old and besides the number of dissidents who refuse to associate themselves with it, even real fans have no clue who will establish themselves as the perennial team to beat. Each season yielded a different winner while the same teams haven't been consistently better than others in all three years.

That's not to say the IPL deserves all the scorn it's getting. In time, traditional rivalries will build, so too will traditional powerhouses. The Chennai Super Kings may have laid the first brick in that construction's name when they comprehensively walloped Wayamba in Centurion on Wednesday night.

They beat the team from Sri Lanka by 97 runs, a margin of victory that has not been achieved in the tournament before. Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina put on 137 for the second wicket, the highest in the Champions League's short history. That helped Chennai reach 200 for three, the highest score in this year's competition so far. R Ashwin captured four for 18, the best bowling figures of this year's tournament to date and the win makes Chennai the first IPL team to register two consecutive wins in the CLT20.

Everything about Chennai on the night screamed, "We are champions." Their aggressive intent with the bat, their killer instinct with the ball and their error-free demonstration in the field was all the stuff of conquerors. They even have an Americanised, spelling-bee cheerleading jingle, which was just about the only music one could hear in the stadium to accompany their antics. It goes like this: S-U-PER, K-I-NGS, in a high pitched voice so ditzy you can hear the blonde in it.

Irritating or not, that song is what is going to stick in the minds of people who watched Wayamba whittled and that song is how they will identify with and remember Chennai. And that is what real champions do. They break records, they set new ones, they lay claim to statistics, facts, trivia and even music that can be associated with them alone.

Chennai were pioneers in two ways before this match even began: Matthew Hayden was the first to wield the Mongoose bat in this year's IPL and Muttiah Muralitharan is the only man who can wear the number 800 on his shirt with it having real meaning. Both were given their fair share of crowd attention. It's those details that create links between players and supporters and build traditions. The strongest tie to the fans tonight lay with another player - a favourite son of SuperSport Park - Albie Morkel. The most rousing of welcomes was saved for him. Fond applause followed him as he batted and passionate cheering when he bowled. As luck would have it, the home boy took the first two wickets, swaying any straying member of the audience to throw their weight behind Chennai.

There was a definite sense in the stadium that a small part of history was being witnessed, marking the start of something special. When Wayamba were reduced to 35 for 6, the restlessness rode through the air. It's not that people wanted to go home, they wanted to see more records being smashed. Chennai were in the position to bowl Wayamba out for the lowest total any team has been dismissed for in the Champions League. The Cape Cobras hold that ignominy after they were ousted for 84 in last year's tournament.

It was a chance missed by Chennai as they loosened their grip slightly. Nonetheless, they still bowled Wayamba out for 103 and previously Central Districts for 94 - the lowest scores this edition. Those are figures that will be remembered and talked about for some time. They could be among the figures that feature on a page in the history book that's just begun to be written.

Firdose Moonda is a freelance writer based in Johannesburg

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  • Vilander on September 17, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    albie and bolinger are critical for chenni both have to be retained in this years auction.

  • on September 16, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    CSK rocks.... and they vlb clt20 champs

  • on September 16, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    I suggest Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to give a chance to Hussey as a opener in place of Hayden,that will show the capability of full team strength. And nevertheless hussey show who he is in this kind of format in cricket.

  • India30 on September 16, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Congratulations CSK...go ahead with the same feeling....i really don't understand that some guys speaking about CSK that they didn't meet the tougher oppenents yet...they have beaten the CHAMPIONS of the respective countries....no team can be simply become CHAMPION...if wayamba is a weak, how come they r the champions for Sril Lanka and how come Central Districts CHAMP in their country....just think folks....and if i am a head of the CSK management, i will go at any cost to retain this team....all the credit should be given to DHONI who is a marvellous CAPTAIN and so COOL in the field...i had never seen a captain so cool in the field even their mates made mistakes....he leads the team having most of the underrated players...thats not easy....GO AHEAD GUYS...ALL THE BEST FOR UR FUTURE MATCHES....

  • on September 16, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Great to see the IPL's best team doing well in Champion's League. Champion League started in 2009 else, Chennai would have been in CL in 2008 too to make it TWO.

    Heartening to see Local boys doing good...Vijay, Badri, Ashwin, Srikanth, Balaji....Kallakunga Pasangala...Whenever the local talent join hands with big names, it will be winning combination. Its been the story in all IPL. Both CSK and MI proved it in IPL3.

    Having said all, Bowling is the area which CSK needs to focus on...No team can win only with Batting. Example, Mumbai Indians. Batted well in both the games, scoring almost 9 runs an over still the managed to be in loosing side...Primary reason, Bowling. They didn't bowl well. Zaks failure is a surprise, whereas Bhajji needs to go back to Ranji.

    Bollinger is the find for Chennai and his inclusion in IPL3 + Magic show by Ashwin helped Dhoni to scale up and win the cup. Can they replicate it again? Wishing them for the same.

  • sidsinha on September 16, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    hope that someday these overhyped overrated our player will play for our country n not for money to win matches

  • Apache_Indian on September 16, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    In the first match against Central District, I just loved the way Badrinath and Srikanth batted. They knew that the CD bowlers were going to bowl short-balls to them, both took first their time and when got settled went for big shots even on short-deliveries, and played them very well for 6s and 4s. And in this match, Raina and Vijay came into the party. Bowlers as usual are bowling well. Everyone is contributing except Hayden. May be, we won't see him in the next match.

  • Apache_Indian on September 16, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    @ Dastgeer Ali .. I had noticed it. And I was sure that someone would raise this issue here and he would be a Pakistani (Not sure if you are). Well when his foot was in air it looked as if it was going to be a big no ball but when it landed it was NOT much ahead of the crease. But the problem here is not bowling no-balls, it is your mentality. You think that the whole world has sword to kill Pakistan. I've listened to the interviews of many Ex-Pakistani players/Cricket experts, they have silently accepted that 'fixing' has been an integral part of Pakistan Cricket. Veena Malik has given proofs to ICC against Asif. And remember what Yasir Hameed had said ?(in another sting operation executed by NOTW). All these things matter. And don't worry, if your players are innocent (although it doesn't look like) they will be playing for Pak again and strong action will be taken against that newspaper. Wait and Watch !

  • VettiPayyan on September 16, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Am just going to ignore redneck's comments :) All know he is bragging abt Aussies strong domestic structure by underselling it.

    Whatever the result of CLT20, CSK has proved to be the most consistent team in IPL and the most balanced in terms of Gameplay and attitude. RCB and MI look too over confident and too haughty like the Aussies were "when on top".

    CSK always fights its way silently thru all issues like player inavailability due to injuries, loss of form etc as a Team. Never cribs ! CSK's main power is the Team spirit, support and camaraderie. For CSK never relied on 1 player. Badri, Anirudh, Ashwin, Bolnger, dhoni all did it when mattered.

    Agreed CSK will lose many players in IPL4 but where CSK will be above all other teams is in work ethic ,discipline and hard work. I hope the mgmt is able to do it again for the new teams.

    I guess RCB, MI, DD stand to lose more than CSK due to their heavy reliance on Overseas players. Nannes will be the price scalp.

    Hope it retains 7-8.

  • sonjjay on September 16, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    @redneck, Its surprising that u judge the quality of other teams or players on the premises of a T20 competion.Hell India had won the t20 world cup with some average and some below average players (Y.Pathan, Joginder sharma). T20 is just a lottery. If u really want to judge a quality of a player watch a test match. The aussies certainly did dominate for the last 15 yrs or so.And your barb at sachin is incorporeal...

  • Vilander on September 17, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    albie and bolinger are critical for chenni both have to be retained in this years auction.

  • on September 16, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    CSK rocks.... and they vlb clt20 champs

  • on September 16, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    I suggest Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to give a chance to Hussey as a opener in place of Hayden,that will show the capability of full team strength. And nevertheless hussey show who he is in this kind of format in cricket.

  • India30 on September 16, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Congratulations CSK...go ahead with the same feeling....i really don't understand that some guys speaking about CSK that they didn't meet the tougher oppenents yet...they have beaten the CHAMPIONS of the respective countries....no team can be simply become CHAMPION...if wayamba is a weak, how come they r the champions for Sril Lanka and how come Central Districts CHAMP in their country....just think folks....and if i am a head of the CSK management, i will go at any cost to retain this team....all the credit should be given to DHONI who is a marvellous CAPTAIN and so COOL in the field...i had never seen a captain so cool in the field even their mates made mistakes....he leads the team having most of the underrated players...thats not easy....GO AHEAD GUYS...ALL THE BEST FOR UR FUTURE MATCHES....

  • on September 16, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    Great to see the IPL's best team doing well in Champion's League. Champion League started in 2009 else, Chennai would have been in CL in 2008 too to make it TWO.

    Heartening to see Local boys doing good...Vijay, Badri, Ashwin, Srikanth, Balaji....Kallakunga Pasangala...Whenever the local talent join hands with big names, it will be winning combination. Its been the story in all IPL. Both CSK and MI proved it in IPL3.

    Having said all, Bowling is the area which CSK needs to focus on...No team can win only with Batting. Example, Mumbai Indians. Batted well in both the games, scoring almost 9 runs an over still the managed to be in loosing side...Primary reason, Bowling. They didn't bowl well. Zaks failure is a surprise, whereas Bhajji needs to go back to Ranji.

    Bollinger is the find for Chennai and his inclusion in IPL3 + Magic show by Ashwin helped Dhoni to scale up and win the cup. Can they replicate it again? Wishing them for the same.

  • sidsinha on September 16, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    hope that someday these overhyped overrated our player will play for our country n not for money to win matches

  • Apache_Indian on September 16, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    In the first match against Central District, I just loved the way Badrinath and Srikanth batted. They knew that the CD bowlers were going to bowl short-balls to them, both took first their time and when got settled went for big shots even on short-deliveries, and played them very well for 6s and 4s. And in this match, Raina and Vijay came into the party. Bowlers as usual are bowling well. Everyone is contributing except Hayden. May be, we won't see him in the next match.

  • Apache_Indian on September 16, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    @ Dastgeer Ali .. I had noticed it. And I was sure that someone would raise this issue here and he would be a Pakistani (Not sure if you are). Well when his foot was in air it looked as if it was going to be a big no ball but when it landed it was NOT much ahead of the crease. But the problem here is not bowling no-balls, it is your mentality. You think that the whole world has sword to kill Pakistan. I've listened to the interviews of many Ex-Pakistani players/Cricket experts, they have silently accepted that 'fixing' has been an integral part of Pakistan Cricket. Veena Malik has given proofs to ICC against Asif. And remember what Yasir Hameed had said ?(in another sting operation executed by NOTW). All these things matter. And don't worry, if your players are innocent (although it doesn't look like) they will be playing for Pak again and strong action will be taken against that newspaper. Wait and Watch !

  • VettiPayyan on September 16, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    Am just going to ignore redneck's comments :) All know he is bragging abt Aussies strong domestic structure by underselling it.

    Whatever the result of CLT20, CSK has proved to be the most consistent team in IPL and the most balanced in terms of Gameplay and attitude. RCB and MI look too over confident and too haughty like the Aussies were "when on top".

    CSK always fights its way silently thru all issues like player inavailability due to injuries, loss of form etc as a Team. Never cribs ! CSK's main power is the Team spirit, support and camaraderie. For CSK never relied on 1 player. Badri, Anirudh, Ashwin, Bolnger, dhoni all did it when mattered.

    Agreed CSK will lose many players in IPL4 but where CSK will be above all other teams is in work ethic ,discipline and hard work. I hope the mgmt is able to do it again for the new teams.

    I guess RCB, MI, DD stand to lose more than CSK due to their heavy reliance on Overseas players. Nannes will be the price scalp.

    Hope it retains 7-8.

  • sonjjay on September 16, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    @redneck, Its surprising that u judge the quality of other teams or players on the premises of a T20 competion.Hell India had won the t20 world cup with some average and some below average players (Y.Pathan, Joginder sharma). T20 is just a lottery. If u really want to judge a quality of a player watch a test match. The aussies certainly did dominate for the last 15 yrs or so.And your barb at sachin is incorporeal...

  • gr8_sachin_fan on September 16, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    @redneck: Tendulkar cannot captain a cricket team to save his life. His fans used to claim that he got substandard players so he turned out to be a miserable captain for India. Well, here he is the captain of the richest club in the world, he gets the best players in this format of the game. He has Keiron Pollard, a bowler like Malinga, not to mention the others and yet manages to look like a clown of a captain. His fans like to claim that he is the 'God of Cricket'. Its a relief that the real God of our universe is nothing like this 'God of Cricket'. Otherwise people would have long back stopped following any religion...

  • Niju_001 on September 16, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Great win for CSK... Congratulations!!! But both these thumping victory has come against the relatively weaker sides... tough task ahead againts the Warriors and the Victorians if they can do it against them too then well we can say CSK the champion side. Hope it happens... lets wait and see.

  • on September 16, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Dis usual comes wen A team has Awesome Batting order, Lovely Bowling stream & AN BRILLIANT CAPTAIN

  • StarveTheLizard on September 16, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Chill, Red. This is just a bit of fun. Why should you care if other people are enjoying themselves? Besides your reference to Australia is not really apt. Australia were champions. Right now they are just not very good.

    In fact things are probably going to get worse before they get better, old son. Let's face it, they were chewed up in England this past Winter.

    Getting back to South Australia. I think you are underselling the team to support your argument. Their strike bowler is Shaun Tait. They have a very good batting line up and they just rolled over a team full of international names.

  • StarveTheLizard on September 16, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    I think the people who say that CSK won't be as good next year might be wrong. Look at the relative fortunes of Mumbai and CSK in this competition. Mumbai is struggling. CSK is very good.

    On paper, many would say that Mumbai has the better line up, yet CSK looks like the team to beat so far. It would appear that it's not just who is playing that matters. If so, then what is the difference.

    I suspect that CSK has a better brains trust. The players work together better because they were skilfully selected. If I'm right and CSK retains their back-room team then there is no reason why they will not continue to be dominant in the future.

  • VeenaRaj on September 16, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Chennai's championlike performances come from two masterstrokes - 1. Bollinger was a great pick. Energetic, injury free (touchwood!), consistent and saneheaded fastbowler with decent batting....rare to find! 2. Letting Vijay open and giving him a chance to rediscover his potential! Although Hayden is a class act to be written off...the 3rd master stroke could be to open with Anirudh or Parthiv and slot in Hussey at 6! That would make the side formidable. The only downside would be losing a possible lucky chime and power on paper in Hayden!

  • sweetspot on September 16, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    What I like most about CSK - they're a HAPPY team when they are playing. Anil Kumble looks too damn irritated all the time, Sachin worried, and their teams play in their character. With CSK, no tensions, just like Dhoni. Super cool and relaxed. But don't mistake that for being casual. The hallmark of a champion is the ability to come from behind and win. They were in 7th place in last year's IPL at one point, well past the halfway mark. They just shrugged all that off and did what was needed. They have EVERY sign of being extremely dangerous when it matters. No matter what "redneck" says, club cricket is here to stay, and CSK are showing signs of what is yet to come in terms of loyalties, outlooks, and style.

  • on September 16, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    The last ball of third over of Muralitharan was a big no ball. It was more than half a feet over the crease. Was also that a case of spot fixing? Haven't anyone noticed it? It was a big no ball for a spinner and one never expect such mistakes by champion bowlers like Mural and it didn't look a mistake either. NOTW could make another fake story of it after making a post match video which would be predicting the timing of no ball.

  • naan_nirmal on September 16, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    CSK the champs- i dont know why they keep such a low profile always. they seem to be away from the limelight always. where as teams that are stronger only in paper like MI are given improper importance in the media. MI are such an overrated team with their pathetic fielding! they deserve to be in the bottom of the table. It seems MI cant even qualify from group B ( THE RUNNERS GROUP) So, people who all criticised CSK victory in IPL3 as fluke will hung their heads in shame. Rise above all CSK U r rocking da!!!!!

  • on September 16, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    With fresh auctions, character the teams have build will get lost and fans will have to start afresh and it wont be easy to start with. I think auctions should be limited to players who want a change or those who franchise want to let go. If both players and franchise are happy with terms, dont think a compulsory auction should be imposed upon them. Can you imagne a Chennai Superkings team without some of these players ?

  • redneck on September 16, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    cricket already has a champion team, they go by the name australia! they wear green caps, ring any bells? i think this tournement has been shown up for what it is! the fact that the easy beats of australian cricket sit on top of one of the 2 groups, just goes to show cricket isnt ready for a top notch club comp! the richest ipl team with their beloved sachin couldnt account for a team full of honest first class cricketers that have little to no international experience. dont get me wrong this is about as interested in twenty20 as i have ever been as south aus is my state. but if they win this comp after sitting on the bottom of the australian domestic cricket consistently for 15 years what does that say about the quality of other teams around the world?

  • Raja22222 on September 16, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    CSK is the Champions and have some really big names.There are class players. Just watch out..Albie morkel would be the all rounder of the series if he is given an opportunity to bat an number 4.M.Vijay is very classy /stylish batsman and a treat to watch when ever he is at his best.Vijay can do much better if he can adapt the strategy of Tendulkar /Kallis by rotating the strike , scoring at the strike rate of 120 with the proper cricketing shots(He is capable of) for the first 6 overs and then he can play his natural game to go for a hundred in every match.It just a matter of adopting to a proven model.Hussy has to play in the middle order in the next two matches.Morkel Can open the innings if not Anirudha.If these things happen CSK will be unbeatable.

  • on September 16, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Best part about CSK is that the core of the team hasn't changed like other franchises, most glaring example - KKR. Dhoni, Raina, Hayden, Badri, Murali, Albie, Balaji have been playing in the side all 3 seasons. and Anirudha, Vijay and Ashwin are TN players who have come in and seamlessly integrated in the team. CSK is going t be a force to be reckoned with. The only consistent team in IPL runners up in the 1st edition of IPL, semifinalists in 2nd and Champions in the 3rd.

  • m3551d0n4 on September 16, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    These are just early signs. One cannot judge a gud team's performance by how well they defeat the weaker team but by their performance against the more competitive and more aggressive teams. Yeah,CSK hav started off very well,but they have a mountain to climb. They have not faced the tougher teams yet. This CSK team can be viewed in 2 ways 1. Like the indomitable Aussies(of 2003), where they destroyed every powerhouse wid relative ease. 2. Like the football team Argentina(in 2010 WC) where they DESTROYED the WEAKER teams and were clobbered badly by Germany.. Does this not ring a bell to the sweetened ears of CSK supporters(I'm one) I'm afraid ppl are looking at the first point and not the later.. CSK have not yet played the better teams in the competition. Yes they have got off to a flier. But these are too early stages to tell CSK play like champions!!

  • on September 16, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    @uom86 : I think chennai will try to hold all these players for IPL4.. they leave them in auction and take them again for whatever price..

    It is really hard for a team to just hold just 3 indian players. dhoni and raina obvious picks. but aswin. vijay. badri. anirudh. balaji. all these guys are reall pillar for the csk... To an news channel stephen fleming said "Give me this team, I will win IPL4" that is really a strong statement .

  • Apache_Indian on September 16, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Although Delhi couldn't qualify even for the semi-finals in IPL-3, let alone Champions league but I still think this team is the strongest especially in South-African conditions. Nehra, Pradeep Sangwan & Umesh Yadav, the guy who bowls @ 90 mph would have been enjoying bowling here. Wish, Delhi would have qualified. Disappointed with MI's performance. And about CSK, it wouldn't be a bad option if CSK opens the innings with Hussey and Vijay. Get rid of Hayden.

  • Rajeshwaran on September 16, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    Being a Chennai-ite and a Dhoni fan, I am exited. I would suggest resting Hayden for a match or 2 and have Anirudha Srikanth open the innings with M. Vijay and bring in Mike Hussey. Anirudha is a team mate of Vijay (Tamilnadu) and also that will strengthen the middle order even more with Dhoni and Albie. I still see South Australian Red backs / Royal Challengers Bangalore a strong contenders of this ACLT20. However, Now I see Chennai has got the potential now to become the champs! Good luck folks...

  • on September 16, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    As with player retention, If CSK retains Dhoni, Raina, Albie and Bollinger...It is still going to be a formidable team..

  • on September 16, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    This guy Vijay is really really good. Has the potential to become the next Gambhir or Dravid. He is fluent, smooth and technically sound. Capable of playing all three versions of the game. I hope the BCCI and Dhoni seriously consider him for the upcoming world cup

  • XooX on September 16, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    Apart from all the cliched killer-instinct traits, the CSK players seem to have gelled much better than any other IPL team..The bonhomie between Indian and foreign players looks exceptional..

    This team could have gone places...But sad, it wouldn't be after this year's auctions..If I have my way, I will retain everyone of them..except Jogi and Tyagi - they don't look like the rest of CSK..

  • RogerC on September 16, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    Dont forget that man Dhoni. He is a fantastic captain who can get the best out of anybody.

  • uom86 on September 16, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    It may be so that CSK are a powerhouse now in the Twenty20 world, the sad thing is, they won't be after this tournament. With 2 new IPL teams coming in, and all the teams having to give up all their players except 4, CSK will look completely different in the near future.

  • on September 16, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    i dunno whether chennai will win d tournament or nt but dey r defntly going 2 b best among IPL teams

  • fibonacci_72 on September 16, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Good job, CSK! However, I wish the CLT20 and IPL organizers cut down on the team songs being played after every wicket or boundary. T20 can do without the churlish triumphalism that is frankly annoying and can be distracting even to players.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on September 15, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    CSK definitely found another gear in the last match but I still haven't seen enough of them to put them alongside Warriors, RCB and Redbacks. Wayamba's bowling looked very poor in the conditions and their fielding wasn't the best to be honest. So I will wait a bit longer b-4 I put CSK with the other 3 I mentioned but I guess its too much to ask the media to calm down and stop hyping the more popular teams...sigh.

  • on September 15, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    @blue android dude u cnt say dt!!this isn a nprmal tournament!!its champions league!!!here very team is tuff!!!jus dt chennai ws stronger than them!!

  • SulthanXI on September 15, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Dhoni yet to fire in the tournament. Balaji is bowling weill in bowler friendly conditions... Hayden is weak link now..... hopefully he will do well in this tournament Better to try Kemp or HUssey to open along with Murali Vijay.....

    Anyway. CSK willll ROCK

  • Goldy on September 15, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Next auction will change the player composition drastically for all the IPL teams. This will affect performance of CSK badly as a team along with all IPL teams. You will definitely see lot more cons as compared to pros. If this continue like this in future too, then it is almost impossible for an IPL team to win Champion League.

  • SurlyCynic on September 15, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Really handy when your opening seam bowler can smash a ball like Albie can, while Raina and Vijay played excellently. But how much longer can Hayden hang on for? Are we seeing the limitations of ex-'greats' who don't play much cricket any more but expect to be able to turn it on again when needed?

    Surely he doesn't justify a spot in the team these days and a new contract seems far-fetched...

  • on September 15, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    CSK on it's way to CL title

  • avis1001 on September 15, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    I don't think they can win this CLT tournament. Though I wish them good luck.

  • CaptainMurugan on September 15, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Dude get a grip !! .. This is a T20 tournament

  • the_blue_android on September 15, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Lets wait till CSK play a tough opponent. The first two games were against two very weak sides.

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  • the_blue_android on September 15, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Lets wait till CSK play a tough opponent. The first two games were against two very weak sides.

  • CaptainMurugan on September 15, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Dude get a grip !! .. This is a T20 tournament

  • avis1001 on September 15, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    I don't think they can win this CLT tournament. Though I wish them good luck.

  • on September 15, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    CSK on it's way to CL title

  • SurlyCynic on September 15, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Really handy when your opening seam bowler can smash a ball like Albie can, while Raina and Vijay played excellently. But how much longer can Hayden hang on for? Are we seeing the limitations of ex-'greats' who don't play much cricket any more but expect to be able to turn it on again when needed?

    Surely he doesn't justify a spot in the team these days and a new contract seems far-fetched...

  • Goldy on September 15, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Next auction will change the player composition drastically for all the IPL teams. This will affect performance of CSK badly as a team along with all IPL teams. You will definitely see lot more cons as compared to pros. If this continue like this in future too, then it is almost impossible for an IPL team to win Champion League.

  • SulthanXI on September 15, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Dhoni yet to fire in the tournament. Balaji is bowling weill in bowler friendly conditions... Hayden is weak link now..... hopefully he will do well in this tournament Better to try Kemp or HUssey to open along with Murali Vijay.....

    Anyway. CSK willll ROCK

  • on September 15, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    @blue android dude u cnt say dt!!this isn a nprmal tournament!!its champions league!!!here very team is tuff!!!jus dt chennai ws stronger than them!!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on September 15, 2010, 23:59 GMT

    CSK definitely found another gear in the last match but I still haven't seen enough of them to put them alongside Warriors, RCB and Redbacks. Wayamba's bowling looked very poor in the conditions and their fielding wasn't the best to be honest. So I will wait a bit longer b-4 I put CSK with the other 3 I mentioned but I guess its too much to ask the media to calm down and stop hyping the more popular teams...sigh.

  • fibonacci_72 on September 16, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Good job, CSK! However, I wish the CLT20 and IPL organizers cut down on the team songs being played after every wicket or boundary. T20 can do without the churlish triumphalism that is frankly annoying and can be distracting even to players.