IPL 2012 Preview - Chennai Super Kings
A preview of the Chennai team ahead of this years IPL.
Chennai Super Kings are without any doubt the most successful team in the tournament's short history and are also the defending champions. Having won the IPL trophy twice, they would be looking for the lucky third time. Led by the inspirational Indian skipper, CSK are one of the favorites to win the IPL this season.
Chennai has always boasted a very strong batting unit and that batting unit looks all the more stronger this year. With a strong Indian contingent, backed by a band of International stars, the Chennai team is definitely a powerhouse. The batting boasts some of India's brightest talent consisting of Murali Vijay, Srikkanth Anirudha, Subramanium Badrinath, and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha. Added to this are the Indian International stars in the Indian skipper – MS Dhoni, and the swashbuckling south-paw, Suresh Raina. The overseas batsmen are not many thanks largely to the power of the Indian players and consists of the talented Australian T20 captain George Bailey, and Mr. Cricket Mike Hussey. The batting is one filled with superstars and the fall of one just brings another to the crease. Chennai also bat pretty deep thanks to the number of all-rounders in their side and I won't be surprised if opposition teams find bowling to them difficult.
Chennai have always had in their ranks some of the finest all-rounders and this year it's no different. With the likes of Albie Morkel, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Scott Styris and India's Ravindra Jadeja. All-rounders give a team a lot of flexibility and they are tailor made for the T20 format. All four are not only decent with the bat but can very easily clear the ropes and also with the ball are no muck. I always thought Chennai have wasted Albie Morkel's T20 batting skills by batting him way down the order and it would be interesting to see how he goes.
The bowling has been Chennai's weakness in the past but they have made sure that it is one of the things that they have strengthened this year. Last season Doug Bollinger played a major role in providing the team with the early breakthroughs and keeping it tight near the death. Ashwin is another player who has been a grand success in the IPL and I feel a large amount of Chennai's fortunes would rest on these two players. Chennai also has a decent crop of Indian bowlers in Jakati, Tyagi, and TN Ranji star Yo Mahesh. So along with the all-rounders, MS Dhoni has plenty of options and in the end it will all come down to how he decides to use those options. Though not strong as their batting, Chennai's bowling attack nevertheless is pretty strong and can on their day bundle out a team quite cheaply.
Overall Chennai look like a very very good team on paper and I would be disappointed if this team fails to make the sem-finals. They have always managed to do that and I don't think that would change this year.
Being a RCB fanatic, I certainly hope that Chennai does well and that we would get to meet them in the semi-finals or the finals and this time unlike the last season, defeat them and knock'em out. Wouldn't that be the perfect revenge for last IPL season's final?