Bangalore v Chennai, CLT20, 1st semi-final, Durban September 24, 2010

Kumble's dark night of despair

Anil Kumble's face usually mirrors such an intense cocktail of anger, intensity, the fierce intent to win, even the odd bout of sulkiness but rarely does it display such utter gloom as it did tonight
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Shock. Pain. Anger. Hurt. Sorrow. Utter misery. It was the dark night of the soul for Anil Kumble. Everything crumbled around him. In the end, he looked helpless. We have seen him get angry, dejected and even look very miserable but rarely has he looked so helpless. You almost felt sorry for him. It was the night when Suresh Raina hit a violent 94 and Albie Morkel bowled a quality spell, but it was Kumble's visage that stayed with you. It was like looking at a drowning man gasping for breath and slowly realising that he is going to go down; that there was to be no escape.

Kumble's first enemy was the rain. It threatened to wash out the game, in which case Chennai would have gone through. As the rain teased, Kumble pottered about the outfield. The clouds eventually relented and the game began. It was the beginning of the dark night when Kumble would be mugged by Murphy's Law.

It all began with a catch. Great catches usually win matches; this one derailed Bangalore. Michael Hussey spiralled one over mid-off and Dale Steyn chose to furiously backpedal. Mistake. The ball had gone so far back that he should have turned around and run to take it as it fell over his shoulder. Instead, he chose to keep backpedalling. At some point he must have known he was going to have a bad landing. He must have hoped it wouldn't be too painful. Unfortunately it was. As Kumble ran towards him he must have got that terrible sinking feeling of doom when he saw Steyn lying motionless.

The pre-match talk had revolved around how Steyn could possibly harass the Chennai middle-order. Instead, we saw Virat Kohli bowling gentle floaters in the seventh over of the game. But Kumble wasn't even allowed that luxury. Kohli's back gave way and he couldn't bowl anymore. Kumble had two holes to fill. And his teammates were widening those into bottomless pits of despair. They dropped catches, they didn't go for catches, they misfielded, they let through byes and they bowled utter tripe.

It was left to Kumble to try and pull off a heroic one-man show. He nearly did it too. He lured Raina, on 18 then, to swipe one to deep midwicket but the young restless Manish Pandey had moved too far inside the boundary even before the shot was played. And the ball of course had to go exactly where he had moved away from. Manish tried to make up with an acrobatic effort but could only save the boundary. Raina had escaped and Kumble was left seething.

Anger was to give way to utter despair. The catalyst came from the most unlikely quarter; old and trusted aide Rahul Dravid. Kumble had beaten Raina in flight again, inducing him to edge towards short third man, but Rahul seemed to suddenly freeze instead of rushing forward. Perhaps he lost the ball in the background. Perhaps he chose safety over valour. Either way, he chose to stop rather that go for the catch. Raina was on 45 then. The game was yet to slip away completely. The camera panned to Kumble, who couldn't even summon up the anger because he seemed surprised and confused about why Dravid didn't go for that catch. In the end an utter glumness settled on his face.

It was the moment when Kumble must have known that it was a night of the devil. It was an endearing moment in some ways. Kumble's face usually mirrors such an intense cocktail of anger, intensity, the fierce intent to win, even the odd bout of sulkiness but rarely does it contain such utter gloom to evoke a feeling of pity in you. Tonight was one of those nights.

Top athletes like Kumble don't like sympathy. He didn't offer any excuse at the press conference. He praised Raina - "It was a very good knock; he made things look easy for it wasn't that easy out there." He hoped Chennai would go on to the win the final. And he said it was one of those nights when nothing went right. That was the biggest understatement of the night.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • sweetspot on September 28, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Dhoni is very lucky indeed. Having 3 bowlers in the top 4 of the tournament, and 2 batsmen in the top 5 is very lucky, for sure. What a laugh! I just had to wait this long to post this, because now it is not about RCB at all. CSK have won the CLT20 and handsomely. They strangled both the teams in the semis and the finals. They were focussed on making this memorable for their remarkable franchise. RCB fans should enjoy this as a victory for an IPL team with an Indian captain, rather than crib about how RCB deserved to win. As long as Kumble takes life so seriously, his team will be found wanting in tense situations. He is unimaginably unimaginative, just like Tendulkar. Captain Cool, Dhoni on the other hand, has got it right, and yes, he is lucky to be so intelligent, too.

  • Razor88 on September 26, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    @RogerC - Knew it .... what i was Trying to say was Juz Dravid is Better than the rest in playing Short stuff .... He has pull,Cut to his arsenal .... Yea its sad that most of em are bad ..... i saw Vijay playing commanding Pull Shots But its far From Proven for em ..... needs to prove ...

    HOPES FOR A GOOD FINALE

    CSK ALL THE WAY B)

  • peterss on September 26, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Hope cries for uthappa and kohli in the national team stops given their unability to perform in important situations and end up producing an embarrasing quality of cricket on display (RCB as a whole). absurd game which was totally one sided. utterly useless!

  • theswami on September 26, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    Rain-storms & Raina-storms ... I feel sorry for Siddhartha Mallya & Co. Anyway, they put up a good fight with their limited resources (3 injuries) ......But My prediction of "namma Pasanga" from Chennai winning the cup is gonna be true ...

  • RogerC on September 26, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    @Razor88: It is misleading to say that only Dravid, Sachin or Laxman are the only ones who can play short pitch bowling in India. In fact, these 3 duck or sway the short-pitch balls. They don't play shots of them. It will work in test matches and probably some one dayers, but in T20, these 3 players are as bad as others. The last Indian player who scored runs off short pitch balls is Mohinder Amarnath.

  • MrCrane on September 25, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    @dineshcc finds the likes of Murali, Bollinger,Ashwin,Morkel as the weakest bowling lineup and likes of Hayden,Dhoni,Hussey,Raina as the weakest batting liup.No doubt he shares his name with probably India's most talented cricketer(Dinesh Karthik) who has been around since 2004 and still not able to cement his place in the team. ... lol

  • Phattie on September 25, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    ok guys u need to stop looking at this trophy so seriously. Kumble was always most passionate about winning for india. This article is saying how he has never seen kumble looked so despaired...well thats what happens when u loose a match!! u dont laugh out loud, u gracefully accept the other team has won!! stop making a big thing out of a sad face...its life!!

  • NagarajaG on September 25, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    If Dhoni is lucky, so be it. Let us give him credit for being lucky. Our only expectation is that he should make use of this luck while captaining India and win against opponents having quality bowling instead of just winning on flat, batsman-friendly pithces.

  • Rohit.Kulkarni on September 25, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Kumble did add to his own misery by having Balachandra Akhil as the 12th man.Akhil,a terrible fielder spilled a sitter at deep-midwicket.Mithun should have been the first choice as the substitute.He has fresh legs and a strong arm.This goes to show that most Indian captains have never considered fielding as one of the criterions for selection. Worse is the fact that Akhil got 2 games in this series(Guyana and MI) while young Mithun was warming the benches.Akhil really should not fetaure in RCB's scheme of things.A medium pacer with no variations,a terrible fielder where ever you place him should have made way for a young, aggressive bowler with lots of promise. As far as Dravid's approach to Raina's catch,iam not surprised.He feels that even if he gets there,he is going to drop it anyway.Remember the simplest of catches he dropped against Guyana??Looks very nervous to me on the field.Age is getting better of him

  • Razor88 on September 25, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Oh sorry Forgot abt the Short Stuff ..... All of the Indian Test playing batsman in the present Squad is a Suspect in Short Stuff Except For DRAVID even Sachin or Laxman Can't Match Him So ZIP it guys .... Its all because of the Pitches they have played on ..... Abt Raina ..... he will get better in the Future .... I still rem him in the Early ages of his career ....... HE IS THERE TO STAY

  • sweetspot on September 28, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Dhoni is very lucky indeed. Having 3 bowlers in the top 4 of the tournament, and 2 batsmen in the top 5 is very lucky, for sure. What a laugh! I just had to wait this long to post this, because now it is not about RCB at all. CSK have won the CLT20 and handsomely. They strangled both the teams in the semis and the finals. They were focussed on making this memorable for their remarkable franchise. RCB fans should enjoy this as a victory for an IPL team with an Indian captain, rather than crib about how RCB deserved to win. As long as Kumble takes life so seriously, his team will be found wanting in tense situations. He is unimaginably unimaginative, just like Tendulkar. Captain Cool, Dhoni on the other hand, has got it right, and yes, he is lucky to be so intelligent, too.

  • Razor88 on September 26, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    @RogerC - Knew it .... what i was Trying to say was Juz Dravid is Better than the rest in playing Short stuff .... He has pull,Cut to his arsenal .... Yea its sad that most of em are bad ..... i saw Vijay playing commanding Pull Shots But its far From Proven for em ..... needs to prove ...

    HOPES FOR A GOOD FINALE

    CSK ALL THE WAY B)

  • peterss on September 26, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Hope cries for uthappa and kohli in the national team stops given their unability to perform in important situations and end up producing an embarrasing quality of cricket on display (RCB as a whole). absurd game which was totally one sided. utterly useless!

  • theswami on September 26, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    Rain-storms & Raina-storms ... I feel sorry for Siddhartha Mallya & Co. Anyway, they put up a good fight with their limited resources (3 injuries) ......But My prediction of "namma Pasanga" from Chennai winning the cup is gonna be true ...

  • RogerC on September 26, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    @Razor88: It is misleading to say that only Dravid, Sachin or Laxman are the only ones who can play short pitch bowling in India. In fact, these 3 duck or sway the short-pitch balls. They don't play shots of them. It will work in test matches and probably some one dayers, but in T20, these 3 players are as bad as others. The last Indian player who scored runs off short pitch balls is Mohinder Amarnath.

  • MrCrane on September 25, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    @dineshcc finds the likes of Murali, Bollinger,Ashwin,Morkel as the weakest bowling lineup and likes of Hayden,Dhoni,Hussey,Raina as the weakest batting liup.No doubt he shares his name with probably India's most talented cricketer(Dinesh Karthik) who has been around since 2004 and still not able to cement his place in the team. ... lol

  • Phattie on September 25, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    ok guys u need to stop looking at this trophy so seriously. Kumble was always most passionate about winning for india. This article is saying how he has never seen kumble looked so despaired...well thats what happens when u loose a match!! u dont laugh out loud, u gracefully accept the other team has won!! stop making a big thing out of a sad face...its life!!

  • NagarajaG on September 25, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    If Dhoni is lucky, so be it. Let us give him credit for being lucky. Our only expectation is that he should make use of this luck while captaining India and win against opponents having quality bowling instead of just winning on flat, batsman-friendly pithces.

  • Rohit.Kulkarni on September 25, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Kumble did add to his own misery by having Balachandra Akhil as the 12th man.Akhil,a terrible fielder spilled a sitter at deep-midwicket.Mithun should have been the first choice as the substitute.He has fresh legs and a strong arm.This goes to show that most Indian captains have never considered fielding as one of the criterions for selection. Worse is the fact that Akhil got 2 games in this series(Guyana and MI) while young Mithun was warming the benches.Akhil really should not fetaure in RCB's scheme of things.A medium pacer with no variations,a terrible fielder where ever you place him should have made way for a young, aggressive bowler with lots of promise. As far as Dravid's approach to Raina's catch,iam not surprised.He feels that even if he gets there,he is going to drop it anyway.Remember the simplest of catches he dropped against Guyana??Looks very nervous to me on the field.Age is getting better of him

  • Razor88 on September 25, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Oh sorry Forgot abt the Short Stuff ..... All of the Indian Test playing batsman in the present Squad is a Suspect in Short Stuff Except For DRAVID even Sachin or Laxman Can't Match Him So ZIP it guys .... Its all because of the Pitches they have played on ..... Abt Raina ..... he will get better in the Future .... I still rem him in the Early ages of his career ....... HE IS THERE TO STAY

  • Razor88 on September 25, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Grown Ups!!!! Never Talk Abt luck ..... Its jus part and parcel of the team .... someone commented that it was easy cause his bowlers took wickets and fielders caught catches and the batters did their Job ...... Plz don't talk these Nonsense ..... cause Its a Team .... everyone Did their Job and hence the Team Won ... DON'T compare RAINA AND ROBIN.... Just cause RAINA HAVE PROVED INTERNATIONALLY AND ROBIN "FAILED" despite given opportunity ....

  • Jim1207 on September 25, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    @lakx: What disturbs me in your comments is that you mean Dhoni deserves nothing for the team's success and Indian bowlers never win matches and its only India's formidable batting that win matches! In any test win, a team can win only if it is able to take 20 wickets and not by batting legends scoring 600 in a team's total which would only lead to a draw! I don't think I need to explain anymore.

  • iamgroot on September 25, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    So many negative comments on dhoni for winning a match against RCB. Dhoni is no way responsible for any failures from opposition team. If rain falls after the match starts its bcoz of dhoni..If steyn falls .its bcoz dhoni asked steyn to fall and if kumble is shouting again dhoni is to blame.. if dravid doesnt catch ..again blame dhoni.. and white if he is bowling wides patheticly.. blame dhoni.. what else? Any reason left? Indian team has won more victories under dhoni .and yes dhoni was just sitting duck while others scoring right guys? ?? and inspite of all this players rate him so highly as captain and as a player... and if badri is not selected in indian..team.. how come dhoni is responsible for that? if dhoni is really killing badri's career ..badri shouldnt be there in CSK team also right? if dhoni is so against badri.. he shouldn't pick him in csk also but that is not the case badri is regular in CSK, how come? what Rubbish some people talk about dhoni..

  • ben110 on September 25, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    i can see dat some ppl are really jealous of MSD...agreed luck has played a part in his career...but come on how on earth does it matter to us??? he has clearly raised INDIA from the 2007 WC debacle,won a WORLD CUP for our generation....and led india to wins in previously alien territories...to top it all,he has led chennai handsomely and even then if some one says that "wins hide the fact that he has not been able to deliver or play one significant innings in over one year in all formats of the game"...then i would advice...you dont alter with your lucky charm when the going is good.....

  • neeosel on September 25, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    CSK for sure is a very very strong side in this competition.. wat with its full strength... but please dont mention utthapas, raydus, kohli s on one side and raina on the other.. he among most is the most susceptible to short ball.. the nite against rcb..the short balls bowled to him was at a pace of 120kmph max by irregular bowlers... no wonder he had enuf time to go on the back foot and cart them all over... Well CSK is the best IPL team in terms of winning the games...remove dhoni n dey wont knw wher 2 hide!!! he for sure has from a good to a awesome captain(having luck on his side always helps)...remember finals MI vs CSK.. mid off, long off for pollard(when he looked lik massacring them)...i mean who does tat....

    Finally rcb(my team)couldn believe they were so hopless..cmon is there no plan B... every1 knows kumble s committed on field... his players respect tat...Dravid unbelievably was lost dint seem lik he wnted 2 play...2 great a batsman to be disconnected..yday last rcb gam

  • on September 25, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Better Team won..!!! keep it simple guys.. why too big paragraphs for each comment..!!

  • lakx on September 25, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    @RogerC - Everybody seems to have some regional bias. What else can explain the comment "never imagine a Jakati or Balaji or Vijay holding specialist positions". Jakati, maybe, but Balaji was in the Indian team before Dhoni and was out of it due to injury. The fact that Raina, a flat pitch bully who has repeatedly failed and bowler friendly pitches is not in this list but Vijay who is technically more accomplished and can play in all conditions is in the list shows your bias.On the other hand Dhoni has almost killed Badri's career. Accept it, Dhoni is lucky, he never would have been captain if seniors were not dropped for T20 and Sehwag had not had a slump and Yuvraj was not ignored and if T20 was not won. And all the wins are mostly when players like Sehwag, tendulkar, dravid, laxman or Gambir score. Rarely has India won due to bowling. Then how is the captain responsible for say Sehwag decimating the opposition bowlers. People just like to give credit to Dhoni when we win.

  • on September 25, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    dhoni has got evrything goin in this match his batsmen clicked bowlers bowled well fielders took nice catches ,but one should remember that it is a case of rcb giving away rather than csk winnin with xeption of kumble.Uthappa was hopeless with gloves and ball.

  • on September 25, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    dhoni has got evrything goin in this match his batsmen clicked bowlers bowled well fielders took nice catches ,but one should remember that it is a case of rcb giving away rather than csk winnin with xeption of kumble.Uthappa was hopeless with gloves and ball.

  • Jim1207 on September 25, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    @SnowSnake: Just two days back Dhoni scored an invaluable 31 off 21 which made CSK enter the finals. He is the leading wicket taker in this CL T20 with 11 wickets, 4 ahead of the next. He is captaining the team wonderfully. He averages 50 in ODIs after hundreds of matches, which is like Sutcliffe's test average. He could bat like Raina and score century on any day but he has changed for good to be a team man that brings victory to the team than to bring laurels to his name and batting records. If these are all not enough for you to have Dhoni in Team India, you keep looking for a better wicket keeper to come up in India, which would not happen at least in our generation. Need any more clarifications to anybody on Dhoni?

  • Jim1207 on September 25, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    @SnowSnake: Just two days back Dhoni scored an invaluable 31 off 21 which made CSK enter the finals. He is the leading wicket taker in this CL T20 with 11 wickets, 4 ahead of the next. He is captaining the team wonderfully. He averages 50 in ODIs after hundreds of matches, which is like Sutcliffe's test average. He could bat like Raina and score century on any day but he has changed for good to be a team man that brings victory to the team than to bring laurels to his name and batting records. If these are all not enough for you to have Dhoni in Team India, you keep looking for a better wicket keeper to come up in India, which would not happen at least in our generation. Need any more clarifications to anybody on Dhoni?

  • on September 25, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Kumbles' first enemy was rain and second was raina. He was helpless this time but he is great cricketer and he will take revenge in near future.

  • Jim1207 on September 25, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    One example: Kumble is short of bowlers. Cameron White is a leg spinner. Kumble is a champion leg spinner with over 600 test wickets. Ideally, Kumble must have asked White to bowl his comfortable technique, giving him advice on how to bowl at Raina to prevent giving sixes, how to bowl full length or quicker deliveries to contain Raina - which Vinay Kumar did yesterday on his own. Instead, Kumble was afraid that Raina would smack White if he bowls spin and he asked to bowl medium pace to which Raina duly did the same. This is just one piece of captaincy trick Kumble must have done as he is already a spinner too. Look at how Dhoni uses Raina for bowling when all other bowlers go wrong. He asks Raina to bowl quicker fuller balls to contain and he even takes 4 wickets to tie a match. This is why Dhoni is a better captain in T20s, even when he lost all super6 matches in both world T20, Dhoni never showed anger on anybody. People who call it luck choose to close their eyes when they can see.

  • on September 25, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    i dont think even steyn would have made that much of a difference.. its a shame that RCB believes only on steyn to win their matches.. wonder what happened to their hyped batsmen like robin "big hitting after dropped thrice" uthappa and others..kumble should accept the fact that he was outplayed period.

  • SnowSnake on September 25, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    I think India should start looking for Dhoni's replacement. The wins hide the fact that he has not been able to deliver or play one significant innings in over one year in all formats of the game. Perhaps a better wicket keeper batsman would add value to the Indian team.

  • RogerC on September 25, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    RCB fans need to remember that Dhoni was the first choice captain wanted by Vijay Mallya during the IPL auctions in 2007. It was because of that strategist Charu Sharma that Mallya didn't chase Dhoni. I even remember a Cricinfo article where Charu Sharma ridiculing CSK for paying so much for Dhoni. Now you can see how much greatness CSK achieved after 3 years. There is no way CSK are going to release Dhoni for others this time.

  • RogerC on September 25, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    LOL on those postings calling Dhoni a lucky guy. If staying cool in pressure situation or backing your players to the hilt or thinking uncluttered or carrying huge responsibility with batting, keeping and captaining can be called luck, then so be it. I can never imagine a Jakati or Balaji or Vijay holding specialist positions in other teams. It all happens because of Dhoni's abilities.

  • sharifff on September 25, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    I feel Cameron White bowled carelessly. Rahul dravid never played in important matches, so its always better to drop him in finals and semis... Kumble cant help with bangalore's luck yesterday, be it on field or rains in Bangalore city...Tough luck

  • peterss on September 25, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Was hoping that the lions got through and it would have been much more interesting. turned out to be a bad display of cricket and quite embarassing quality at important stage such as semi final! RCB hav to improve loads and loads. CSK seem much superior compared to other IPL teams.

  • Jim1207 on September 25, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    I admire Kumble a lot for his bowling and the way he captained Team India. But the truth is when it comes to pressure matches, he behaves very strictly and thinks that doing one mistake would mean losing the match. This kind of attitude would never win you a LOI trophy, even if all the luck angels sit in your shoulder. In the toss, Kumble was very nervous after losing to Dhoni and he was talking like everything should go right and we would win. Pressure matches are won when being cool and innovative when everything goes wrong like Dhoni does. Kumble starts to yell at anybody in pressure matches and this could be the reason Steyn was willing to risk his body to pull off an impossible stunning catch. Leader has to lead people with respect and guidance and not with arrogance and frustration. This is not to say that Kumble is not a good captain but he is very bad in knockout games. Y'day, it even affected his bowling finally as he bowled a pathetic over to Raina and bowed out in anger.

  • on September 25, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    @Ajay: if one bowler, 4 overs is the only bright spot about RCB..they deserve more than 180 in 17 overs game....we are all talking about team work here and it is clearly evident what RCB is all about yesterday....:)

  • Jollz on September 25, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    I dont know, but watching last night's game, there was something dodgy about the game. I mean its really hard to find a replacement for a bowler like Steyn, let alone to find a replacement for him from the playing XI. The attitude of RCB was hopeless. Its not a case of match fixing by the players or something like that, but one thing that worries me is it could be case of owners 'Instructing' their players to loose the match. I am a die hard cricket fan but slowly n surely m resiging to the fact that Cricket matches' result are sometimes decided before a ball is bowled. Mr. Malliya is a business man. He would have got what 2.5million USD for winning the tourney. What if he made X million dollars by losing the semi. A businessman only thinks of money, not glory on the field. The great game that we all love is loosing its shine. Match fixing, Spot Fixing, Business Fixing....whatever name you want to give it, its taking the charm away from the game.

  • Runster1 on September 25, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    @GIRIKULA Why does everybody complain about dhoni's luckiness? He is a bit lucky sometimes with the coin toss but he is a brilliant captain, has recently been in a slight slump with the bat, great hands. I would chose Dhoni over kumble any-day as captain; not saying the kumble as a bad player: he is a great captain for rcb and a star bowler, but not a great captain for india. RCB were always going to lose to CSK! Get that right rcb fans! Who thought u cud beat our side!? besides ur supporters. I pitied ur team; dont get me wrong, i like rcb squad, but as a csk supporter; couldnt help but frown slightly that kumble has led u this far for nothing than 500 grand. anyway, u did the nation proud by qualifying for semis. @DINESHCC CSK are the best team in the IPL! We have the best bowling attack mate: dont be a sore loser! What do u mean "Among the IPL teams, Chennai has the weakest bowling and batting link." Then how did ur team go i wonder? hmmm, like King XI Punjab, or the embarrassing MI

  • Umair_umair on September 25, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    @ms.arjun: totally agree. thats what I was thinkign throughout the match.

    I will like to add that, as a captain Dhoni has much more experience than Kumble and he has faced very very tough situations in very critical matches with all ups and downs.

    Bbeing captain in pressure matches with so much expectations, wicketkeeping all the time, and being the reliable batsman.

    On Dravid and Kumble, I can only one thing. If was the policy maker for Indian cricket, I would have made sure that Dravid and Kumble fre the parts of India's worldcup 2011 team.

    Atleast I would force Kumble into WC 2010 Indian Team.

  • on September 25, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Its Ridiculous to say Dhoni is lucky enough to pull a win :-( ....... its totally Unfair and CSK is far better Team :-) other IPL teams may have the Big Names but our CSK has collective efforts and never give up attitude :-) ........ Tats y they r Raining IPL champion and finalist in CLT20....... They may win or lose on sunday but no one take away the pride from them.....coz when other Indian batsmen who struggled to cope up with bouncers our CSK we up against it to defend successfully and counter attack @ times....... what happen to the Rayudus, Uthappas,Dhawans,and Kholis huh..... they crumbled but our Badris, Vijays, Rainas were upto it they scored of short stuffs and defended well this makes CSK special...... and Last By No means Least our pride and sucessful captain MSD what else we need for a team to life trophies in coming years :-) I salute my team CSK u made us proud :-) u r really SUPER KINGS from CHENNAI :-)

  • klobania on September 25, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    its really funny situation here for indian fans either they have to accept that matches were fixed or be ready to b thrashed by aussies in upcoming series because the way most of the indian players batted like(tendulkar, dravid, uthapa), bowled like (harbho, zaheer, balaji, praveen) n feilded like (tendulkar, dravid etc) there is not even a slim chance they can give any sort of fight in upcoming series anyways hard luck

  • klobania on September 25, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    ha ha ha its really funny indian fans are divided by none other than their own very own cricket teams pple here praising csk (dhoni, raina, vijay) n making fun of rcb (kumble, dravid, kohli) come on man both r ur own teams if cricket can divide u like this im afraid anything can be happened. try to act like unit n dont take cricket so seriously players are playing there only for money see what pollard n bravo doing they rejected their contracts for playing for their country

  • Raja22222 on September 25, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Ha..ha..ha...I think this will end all stupid criticism from a group of RCB supporters who who dont have any job other than registering kannada centric comments. Understand guys your RCB team can only dance in front of quality pace..In the same pitch your Vinay,kumble and praveen kumar were hammered.Your pace bowlers were given minimum respect by raina and Vijay as they send the RCB hopes out of the ground.Better you can tell Vijay mallaya to conduct a farewell party to those useless guys and take people like raina , Vijay,bolinger ,ashwin and A.morkel in the next auction if they are available.(I dont think they will accept still u can make a trial) .

  • Something_Witty on September 25, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Hmm... I smell match fixing.

  • ms.arjun on September 25, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    @ushakiran, @jignesh...Its quite evident that you both hate Dhoni to core. But lets not deny the fact that it was Dhoni indeed who brought back the spirit of Team India, after the disastrous world cup in 2007 by winning the t20 wrold cup. It was under his captaincy the team reached the no.1 rankings in Test, and they never lost a test series in 3 years. He has a great winning percentage in ODI matches too, more than any Indian captain who lead the side for more than 50 matches. He has the highest number of dismissals as a wicket keeper for India. Not to forget he stood No.1 ICC ODI player for almost 2 years and has an average over 50 in 150 matches. Are you freaking kidding me to tell that he is not a good captain, or a wicket keeper or a batsman???

  • on September 25, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    well one cannot say that Dhoni is better than KUmble from this odd game,one has to take steyn's injury in to consideration,we all know what a bowler of quality of steyn can do,his injury was lethal and after that kumble was clueless to fill the void made by steyn.One has to say that csk was very lucky ystrday right from the toss,the condition changed alot,it was a different game altogether when rcb came to bat,the pitch changed to a great deal and was bouncing like a tennis ball,the same wud hav happend wid CSK as well had they batted second

  • leggully on September 25, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Well now dat CSK is into CL finals..all Indian hopes are on dem... Whteva drives Dhoni-Hardwork or Luck... be wid him for once more time... My only concern is how CSK will react if put to chase.... FLY INDIAN FLAG HIGH IN JOHANNESBURG!!!

  • MrCrane on September 25, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    It was really nice to see the way raina played yesterday. With this innings, he has made CSK to think about him retaining for next seasons along with MS. However, if players can play well for the franchises, what happens to them when they play for their countries. All these young brigade couldn't score a run in the SL tri series and here suddenly they are scoring heavily. Something somewhere is going wrong??

  • on September 25, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Folks, don't compare Dhoni and Kumble. This is like comparing extreme LUCK and UNLUCK... Dhoni is 200% lucky to inherit one of the best team in the world cricket and most of them are honest, selfless individuals with a motto to secure a win for Team India. Whereas Kumble was given the mantle as none to take it over and he performed well both of Team India and RCB. He is the most successful captain in terms for win-loss ratio in IPL history. Ironically, least is Ganguly who is the most successful Indian captain.

    If, Kumble lead Team India even before Dravid and we would have won more series and would have reached No.1 much earlier.

    Kumble is a much better leader and last night is one of those days wherein someone from the heaven has told kumble, you cannot win this evening. These type of day, even Lloyd/Steve walugh will loose with their respective teams...

    Kudos to kumble to take RCB from dying state in IPL2 to this formidable position. Please don't undermine him.

  • pan_vtm76 on September 25, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Intresting! Luck doesn't visit weak teams everytime. And top Int.National players do not win matches everytime. The Franchies can think of this, when they next time go to buy players. Well done CSK.

  • on September 25, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    I Think CSK Will Face The Warriors Or South Australia Strength(Openers) With Opening Spell Of Morkel & Bollinger.That Is,The Strength Of The Warriros Or South Australia Is Their Openers,Their Openers Will Be Struggle To Attend The Pace Attack Of Bollinger & Morkel. CSK Will Also Struggle To Attend The Pace. But CSK Is Not Depend On Openers...! So,CSK Is Going To Win The Trophy....!

  • on September 25, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Whenever he is in winning position or taking wickets, he behaved totlly different. More selfish and it is time for him to retire and leave the place for youngsters. Same thing for Rahul Dravid. He is unfit to play 20/20 and one day now. Give more chances to Uthappa , Pande and others.

    Kumble , before spoiling your name get out of cricket. Don't talk about old thins!!

  • illlaaa on September 25, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    @ DINESHCC you said "There are no world's top ranked players in the Chennai team" ?..i dont understand...then who are Dhoni, Mike Hussey..they are the no 1 and no 2 batsmen in the world and dont forget no.800 Muralitharan...

  • on September 25, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    hai friends its all about a teams performance at the correct time..u look the result of the league matches CSK lost just one that too in a super-over and dhoni bravely used 3 spinners against warriors who have won all there league matches..kumble is a great player and he fights to the end but as u know theres a time for all ..now that with CSK they have a great balance and attitude to win ..its not big names that win matches its the teamwork and there passion to win....

  • on September 25, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Dhoni Win The IPL 2010 With Luck Because There Is Only Two Bowlers In Form Bollinger & Morkel Are In Good Form. However, Ashwin Performed Well In Bowling Pitch Muralitharan Is Not In Form. But Now Things Has Changed Where All Bowlers Ashwin, Muralitharan, Bollinger, Morkel, Balaji And Jakati All Are Perform Well In Bowler Friendly Conditions And There Is Good Support In Batting Line Up , Raina & Vijay Performs Well,If They Don't Bat Well, There Is Some Support From Badrinath, Hussey, Anirudha& Dhoni. These All The Reasons To CSK Win.CSK Don't Win With Luck Or Captaincy.CSK Win With Full Team Members Support.Dhoni Is Not A Good Or Bad Captain, He Is An Average Captain Who Is Being Cool.However Hayden Also Perform Well With Fielding.It Is The Win For Team Not For Individuals. However,In Other IPL Teams MI And RCB Has Equally Better Team Members But There Is No Support From The All Team Members.That Is The Reason To Their Failure.

  • NagarajaG on September 25, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    @Mutgi123 - Remove Dravid? Come on...It is high time that he is recalled to the Indian ODI squad as well. Look at what happened in the Srilanka series...If the opposition bowling has even a trace of quality, the young generation batsmen fail miserably. It includes, Yuvraj, Rohit sharma, Virat, and Suresh Raina. Even in CLT20, who has played important role in all the RCB wins? It is Dravid. He had an important role in all games where RCB either won (Guyana, Lions) or lost narrowly (Mumbai). SO, RECALL DRAVID TO ODI SQUAD.

  • Gr8Tamilnadu on September 25, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    One can easily say that among all the teams playing here in AirtelCT20, chennai team are the best. This is because this team are very disciplined and very commited to chennai. Its nice to young players like Vijay, Raina, Ashwin, anirudh in action and ofcourse its skipper Dhoni. " Chennaikku Whistle Podu ". Looking at Chennai Vs Bangalore match, it feel pity for Kumble and his team for ruthless hittings of Raina and Vijay. Then with the bowlings of Albie, Bollinger and teams. Even though i like kumble, but overall i like Muralidharan who is greatest of kumble in international cricket or T20 format. Many praises to Raina, for hitting ruthless against Kumble & Team. Come on RCB !!!! where is ur challenge ?? Their musics are just a fake and showoffs of modernism. All the best to CSK and its member... you guys have made Tamilnadu and its people proud.... Best of luck for the final.

  • gamespplplay on September 25, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    i think it is question of quality of leadership. When circumstances do not go to script - it separates the men from the boys. in such cases the captains have to set the tone - thats why they r captains! Dhoni has demonstrated time n again that as the team moves higher in tourney/ranking the pressure and expectations mount - a calm temperament and clear focus is quintessential. The probability of winning increases - and maybe u create ur own luck. importantly, ten other players in his team may respond to pressure differently - cater to the on-field mishaps by getting on with the show. As the captain u face the reality of the situation as best as u can.

    Kumble has been a tremendous servant of Indian cricket for a long time, and a very respected one. manifested intensity is all very fine, but his captaincy lacked imagination. it was almost a living in denial of the situation - admittedly a very tough one.

    Dhoni won WC T20 2007 with nobodies :)

  • on September 25, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    y dint dravid goes 4 a catch ov suresh raina.it was a childs catch ...m sure even a 4 yr kid can caught dat sort ov catches ...it seems dat he deliberately dun make a attempt 2 caught it...

  • Dilseben on September 25, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    RCB had a pretty bad nite..no doubt abt that..after Dale Steyn's injury..everything just derailed...however I dont understand as to why some people here are saying that Dravid shud retire from all forms of cricket...for those ill-informed people, Dravid is the top scorer of RCB & he seems to be in good nick in the previous 2 innings....coming to Tests, there are still no people good enough to replace Dravid...so just dont jump into such absurd conclusions based on 1 innings, after all he is still one of the best in the world..Period!!!

  • kuttappayi on September 25, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    Agreed, it was a tough night for Anil Kumble as his plans went haywire after the injury to his premier fast bowler. But the greatest quality of a true leader is to keep his cool on the field, especially when the going gets tough. Kumble's captaincy reminded me of ri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan's against India in a one-off T20 International! Only the batsmen and the two umpires escaped Dilshan's wrath that night! M.S. Dhoni may not be a great tactician, he may be plain lucky, but one has to admit that he remains cool all the time. I hope Rahul Dravid's reluctance to go for a catch at a crucial junucture of the game answers those who were calling for his inclusion in the ODI team! The World Cup will be played on flat tracks and India have enough batting firepower. We don't need oldies like Dravid. Look at someone like Suresh Raina, he may have his shortcomings against high quality pace, but he can murder average attacks. And he brings so much positive energry to the team.

  • on September 25, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Worst day in the history of champions league .rain spoiling party,Banglore missing Kallis'.Dale steyn unable to bowl..Raina smashing ordinary attack,White & Taylor pathetic form ,Morkel bowling like never before,,,,,,,all awful.. add to that Hayden not playing on field...

  • Manian.MBS on September 25, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Hello Guys... RCB supportes!!!!

    Accept the truth that CSK is much supperior to RCB in all respect. Do not cry it is due to MS's Luck they reached the semi finals in all the three edition of IPL and now in the finals of Champion League T20. Yesturday CSK has run away from the match. with great regard to Dale Steyn ( even he was bowling, CSK would have won) There were instances in which they bowled with wet ball in this tournament itself. They have not lost any match in this tournamnet in 20 overs ( leave apart a the super over).

    Learn to appreciate the fact rather than providing faulty excuses.

  • Lion_of_Lanka on September 25, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    @DINESHCC : There are no world's top ranked players in the Chennai team? So Murali, Hussey & Dhoni are not top players? You gotta be kidding...

  • masafishiva on September 25, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    The comnts made by many ppl seems 2b stupid. A team comprizs f 11 plyrs, & dosn't mean dat jst by misng Styn or Kallis RCB lost. Wat abt de contribution of other players, including Kumble? It was mere mismanagment of Kumble. Even earlier also he has prvd dat he's unfit 2 lead a side. Even tho Kumble may b a great bwlr, no team would hv considered him for IPL team but 4 Mallaya who's also from Bgl. B4 start of match one of the comntator said Mr Mallaya, owner of RCB has come to winess this match, till the last match only Siddarth was present & everything went good for RCB, but today.............why I raised this for the reason dat everybody told LUCK has favord Dhoni, so I presume this may also be reason for RCB 2 loose. Also suspct RCB players r not in terms dway dy fielded, missed catches & run outs, etc. Impatient captain........ Shiva, Dxb

  • Ezhil-Dxb on September 25, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Well done, CSK. They were excellent in all departments. Their strength is still their bowling and fielding. I do not want to do Kumble-bashing but as a captain Dhoni is far ahead of the rest. With limited resources, he always makes the team look very strong. He might go on to become one of the finest captains the game has seen.

  • on September 25, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    Whoever saying that CSK got lucky has to rewind the fact that it bowled out the opposition in 4 of the 5 matches it played in this Champions league. 48 wickets(including Steyn here) taken out of the possible 50 wickets in 5 matches. And remember it's all in T20 matches. It shows who is the better team. And the only match it lost was in a super over. As someone said here, luck favors the brave.

  • on September 25, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    @girikula Luck was not the factor. May be not the ONLY factor. If a team relied on a single player(Steyn) for their match and saying the excuse that he got injured is pathetic in my humble view. What happened to other 10 players? So they were just there in the field to support Steyn? Moreover, saying this excuse plainly insults the other players of RCB.

    Get over it RCB fans. It was a bad day I agree but you can always overcome a bad day and saying excuses don't make it look great for a team with so much world class players.

  • on September 25, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Kumble never won a world cup and perhaps thought this was a great chance to win on the big stage. Didn't happen so one feels for him but as he himself will admit it is a tough sport and not everyone gets to lift a championship trophy. Maybe it will happen next year - he can play T20 for a few more years since the game is over in 3 hours. But it won't get any easier and he knows that better than anyone else.

  • DINESHCC on September 25, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    A team consists of world's top players doesn't mean that it is the best team. Among the IPL teams, Chennai has the weakest bowling and batting link. There are no world's top ranked players in the Chennai team. In the IPL III they stood first in dropping catches. Despite those things, it has won the IPL tiltle once, runner up once and semi finalist in the other edition. In CLT20 too among the other teams it has the weakest bowling link. Even Central Stags and Wayamba have good bowling attack. All this has happened because of the team work. The big let down for RCB is Uthappa, Taylor, White and Steyn (Even if he bowled in this match, it would not have made any difference). Compared to IPL III the fielding of CSK has been improved a lot. Even Ashwin, A.Srikkanth and Vijay fielded well. I am also not happy that two Indian teams met in the Semi final. Had it been final we have a satisifaction that an Indian team won CLT20. I feel it is not possible for CSK to beat SAR in the final

  • on September 25, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    @Rockrege Dont forget that Kumble is almost 40. whereas the likes of Pandey and Kohli are barely in their early 20's. Agreed that he himself wasnt a great fielder , but saying that he shouldnt expect his teammates to field better as he wasnt a good fielder is outrageous to the core. Dont forget that he is a captain and a strike bowler. He bowls even better than the likes of Ashwin, Bhajji and co even today. Also dont forget Kumble is a fighter to the core. He expecting high standards from his team is very obvious and when they dont meet his standards it is fine if the grumpy side of Kumble surfaces.

  • girikula on September 25, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    It was pure luck for Dhoni once again! This shud have been the headlines. I don't know why ppl put it in regular bulletin.

    You WIN the TOSS, your opposition has lost their top ALLROUNDER, RAIN makes bowling HELL, then opposition loses their TOP BOWLER. Then opposition also LOSE their PARTIMER - cant bowl. What else can you expect to be lucky?

    Dont boast Dhoni as great. He did nothing gr8 there. Just that CHENNAI was UTTER LUCKY! RCB didn't really had chance to fight with POOR Imports (Rossy, White - both out of form).

    Ok few more, opposition DROPS catches, MISSES runouts, gives BYES, WIDES, NOBALLS - due to WET conditions and average bowlers. Are you you lucky Mr. Dhoni? No wonder if you WIN the trophy also! :-)

  • mutgi123 on September 25, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Why Rahul Dravid is not being removed from all forms of cricket. His overall performance over the last few months is very poor. It is really sad to watch professional players playing like a debutants.

    Prakash Mutgi

  • Razor88 on September 25, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Proves which team is better thats all..... Like kallis even Morkel got sickand we still won matches .... shows the bench strength of RBC ... we still got Gr8 players in the wings like johinder,jakat... Doug had a pretty ordinary Tour for his own Std.. RCB Fielding let them down ..... CSK Storms into the Finals YET AGAIN... B)

  • on September 25, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    lol no need to hind mr cherian........they have plenty of cricket in them and bet they'd know when to stop dravid has been in sublime touch too this season just wasn't one of our days all the conditions were against us anyways chennai won it eventually so full credit to them but feeling sad :(

  • manish010287 on September 25, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    This is what happens when the stars are against you. RCB had a forgattable outing & kumble's men would like to put this miserable night behind them. I felt real sorry for Kumble's anguish but things just didn't go his way!

  • iamgroot on September 25, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    When dhoni and his team wins many people say it is his luck.. come on people.. he cant depend on luck everytime.. can he? they say fortune favors the brave.. more than luck it is the hardwork and ability to handle 11 players on field to give their best.. you can clearly see sky and earth difference.. Yesterday was just another glaring example. Kumble no doubt is one of the legends as a bowler..but as a captain he is more like intense, aggressive and everything just like article.. another example was when India was playing australia in 2008 when Kumble captained the same side for 2 tests matched which were draw and another two matches by dhoni which the team won. Now everytime dhoni captains a team he has won more than he lost. Whether he is captain of India or CSK he and his team has won it for the country. Be sportive and cheer for him and the team instead of spilling venom and hatred on that guy. All his qualities just goes to show how GREAT he is and on the way to become GREATEST..

  • XooX on September 25, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    The author may euphemistically call Kumble's anger as a result of a strong desire to win, but you have to agree that Kumble simply isn't a good boss. Except for a wicket delivery, there isn't one ball (not just in this match) where Kumble goes without yelling at one person or the other..If it was a single saved, he is going to yell at the fielder for not returning the ball back on time. If it was a good return, he is going to yell at him for not pitching it well enough.

    Every other time, you dream of being one of the players yourself. But if I have to play under a guy like Kumble, I'm going to refuse even if it's a million dollar offer..

  • spin_king4 on September 25, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    @thomas cherian and your hint hint that its time for kumble and dravid to go. look who has scored the most runs for rbc this year and you will find its dravid. then look at the bowlers and who for rbc has the best economy for a bowler who has bowled more than 2 overs??? thats right kumble. maybe you should know your stats before you comment on the status of such great players

  • ushakiran on September 25, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    @ms.arjun. how insane this is .are u compare dhoni vs kumble?wow its funny.if everything goes wrong wht u do.dhoni is the best cap?wht he did last t20wc.we lost bcoz of his bad decision.wht he did in victoria match.csk win becoz their team strength not becoz dhoni.anyway we can't change ur ignorance.hey don't say we won 1st t20 becoz of him.ok

  • Jaggadaaku on September 25, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Ms.Arjun, you are totally wrong about Dhoni. Maybe you are still hardcore fan of Dhoni. But as a captain, Dhoni is nothing but just lickey. What did Dhoni do for the team of India last 12-14 months? "NOTHING". Early exit from last world cup, early exit from the T20 World series, Sri Lanka series, and previous couple of series, he proved there is nothing he could do. Just get luckiness sometimes. His wicket-keeping is terrible too. That is all about Mr. Dhioni.

  • Nadeem1976 on September 25, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Only one comment. Chennai is faverate team of IPL management. So you cannot beat them. By hook or crook they always reach the final. and win too. I dont like the level of compition in IPL now becuase only Chanai gets favors and others just dont perform or even dont play and get injured. Its same old Sharjah style cricket where Pakistan used to get favourizm and all others were under performing.

    For how long IPL is going to favor Chennai, i have no clue. Just let others win too and dont promote faveritizim.

  • ugirish on September 25, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    Its hard on a team to lose Steyn, Kallis, an in-form Kohli and defeat a team like CSK, who are no pushovers. Its harder on the captain, since he's practically lost 3 bowlers and 2 batsmen, in the equation.

    Kumble and RCB did their best. As one of the commentators said in a previous RCB game, at 40, Kumble looks more committed on the field than some of his much younger colleagues.

  • on September 25, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    I can feel it for kumble since dhoni is the most luckiest person in world cricket and kumble rely only his hardwork.. he did all the things that could have been possible yet helpless.

  • TellasisPatel on September 25, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    Hope and wish that both Steyn and Kohli will soon recover fully from their injuries. We feel sorry for the Banglore team and their Captain Kumble, but .... it was sad to see Kumble behave like a master and not a leader. He should be replaced by either Dravid (experience) or Kohli (potentially the future Captain of India). Thank you.

  • navchandru on September 25, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    am an ardent csk supporter and a guy who does not like to give excuses when i lose, but today i just couldnt stop feeling pitiful of rcb's state,everything seemed to go against them,long time since i've seen so much going against a team in one match. bad luck rcb. but chennai capitalised on the chances that they got and won tremendously. best of luck in the finals guys!!

  • on September 25, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    Hint hint...time for Kumble and Dravid to go. Dravid has been struggling quite some in test matches too

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on September 25, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    Just felt sorry for RCB. I don't like excuses but they lost Kallis n Steyn, 2 big factors n their fielding let them down a bit this crucial match and such is the nature of t-20 that wen 1 guy plays a blinder, the game is lost. They were by far my favorite IPL team, too bad they couldn't offer their best when it mattered most.

  • on September 25, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    Hes a good cricketer but such a grumpy guy ... takes the shine of the game

  • on September 25, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    I really feel sorry for Kumble........his bowling touched high standards through out this series.......right now he is doing a great job as a captain........I hope that he will not retire after this series

  • ms.arjun on September 25, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    A team is a reflection of its captain's attitude...CSK always looks energetic, happier and most importantly super cool on the field, just like MS Dhoni. You can never see Dhoni showing faces, or screaming at his players no matter what happens. Kumble is the exact opposite of Dhoni, he is damn irritated at all occasions, he screams at his players even on a slightest mis field, and the whole team always looks highly pressurized no matter what the situation is. I am a big fan of Kumble's bowling, but not for his captaincy. Especially for a game like 20-20, we need captains like Dhoni, but there is only one of his kind. N wonder CSK always makes it to the last phase. Well done Dhoni and CSK.

  • rockrege on September 25, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    I fully Agree that Kumble is fighter and he's one of the greatest bowler India is produced but have anyone seen Mr Anil Kumble Fielding, To expect fielding standards from colleague ,you yourself should be good in field ,Kumble is an below average fielder himself and expects miracles from fielders which is not right . He shows heaps of disappointment on the face every time. He himself does know how to slide and field the ball. Bowling not everything Mr Kumble there are lots of other aspects of Game.

  • RogerC on September 25, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    CSK is a very admirable team with excellent combination of overseas and local players with great support staff. Its unfortunate that this team will be dismantled after the CL finals.

  • MuraliBhat on September 25, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    It was really sad to watch Kumble go down like this. He is one of those luckless souls. Shows how lucky Dhoni is. Nothing went for Kumble today. Really wished him to lift the trophy, but some people never get it. Kumble is one of those. In the end my heart really felt sorry for him. I dont think I will watch cricket any more.

  • on September 25, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Now that's gotta hurt. Kumble's the kind of person you can't help but sympathize even if you are a CSK fan.

  • on September 24, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    That really does sum up Kumble's night.. a one man show from Bangalore. The players of the generation just gone continue to prove their class, but things just don't work your way at times.

  • sajid.dar on September 24, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    The most exxxxxxagerated article I have ever read.Get A Life Dude.

  • torsha on September 24, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    My all sympathies with RCB and Kumble! I hope steyn will get well soon! Kumble is truly a gentleman! Long live Anil!

  • amanroy on September 24, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    This is very sad. I am not against Chennai, but felt bad for Kumble & Steyn.

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  • amanroy on September 24, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    This is very sad. I am not against Chennai, but felt bad for Kumble & Steyn.

  • torsha on September 24, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    My all sympathies with RCB and Kumble! I hope steyn will get well soon! Kumble is truly a gentleman! Long live Anil!

  • sajid.dar on September 24, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    The most exxxxxxagerated article I have ever read.Get A Life Dude.

  • on September 24, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    That really does sum up Kumble's night.. a one man show from Bangalore. The players of the generation just gone continue to prove their class, but things just don't work your way at times.

  • on September 25, 2010, 0:13 GMT

    Now that's gotta hurt. Kumble's the kind of person you can't help but sympathize even if you are a CSK fan.

  • MuraliBhat on September 25, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    It was really sad to watch Kumble go down like this. He is one of those luckless souls. Shows how lucky Dhoni is. Nothing went for Kumble today. Really wished him to lift the trophy, but some people never get it. Kumble is one of those. In the end my heart really felt sorry for him. I dont think I will watch cricket any more.

  • RogerC on September 25, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    CSK is a very admirable team with excellent combination of overseas and local players with great support staff. Its unfortunate that this team will be dismantled after the CL finals.

  • rockrege on September 25, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    I fully Agree that Kumble is fighter and he's one of the greatest bowler India is produced but have anyone seen Mr Anil Kumble Fielding, To expect fielding standards from colleague ,you yourself should be good in field ,Kumble is an below average fielder himself and expects miracles from fielders which is not right . He shows heaps of disappointment on the face every time. He himself does know how to slide and field the ball. Bowling not everything Mr Kumble there are lots of other aspects of Game.

  • ms.arjun on September 25, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    A team is a reflection of its captain's attitude...CSK always looks energetic, happier and most importantly super cool on the field, just like MS Dhoni. You can never see Dhoni showing faces, or screaming at his players no matter what happens. Kumble is the exact opposite of Dhoni, he is damn irritated at all occasions, he screams at his players even on a slightest mis field, and the whole team always looks highly pressurized no matter what the situation is. I am a big fan of Kumble's bowling, but not for his captaincy. Especially for a game like 20-20, we need captains like Dhoni, but there is only one of his kind. N wonder CSK always makes it to the last phase. Well done Dhoni and CSK.

  • on September 25, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    I really feel sorry for Kumble........his bowling touched high standards through out this series.......right now he is doing a great job as a captain........I hope that he will not retire after this series