Thursday, 26 March 2009

Final Eighteen for Second Season of IPL

With IPL shifting to South Africa, Chennai Super Kings Management has decided to cut the size of the touring Chennai Super Kings team to 18[News Source: Hindu]. To know the entire 29 member Chennai Super Kings team, visit Chennai Super Kings Squad.

Thankfully... the team management has left the duty of picking the eighteen touring members to Dhoni & Fleming. But K. S. Viswanathan of India Cements promised that the travelling squad list would be out in two or three days.

Who do you think would be the final eighteen? Sixteen out of 29 pick themself. It is the final two that is going to cause all the headache. My Pick Below:
  1. Dhoni
  2. Muralitharan
  3. Hayden
  4. Hussey
  5. Flintoff
  6. Albie Morkel
  7. Ntini
  8. Jacob Oram
  9. Parthiv Patel - As a backup wicketkeeper, he would be surely there.
  10. Badrinath
  11. Suresh Raina
  12. Gony - Last Season's performance surely finds him a spot
  13. Sudeep Tyagi - Domestic Season justify his presence
  14. Joginder Sharma - His T20 Semifinal performance alone justifys his presence
  15. Murali Vijay - Solves our opener problem
  16. Balaji
  17. Abhinav Mukund - Had a great domestic Season and would be a great exposure for him
  18. R Ashwin - Team needs a back-up Indian spinner for Murali
It is sad that Thushara & Bailey would be missing out this season. Though they are talented than some of the players in the eighteen, 4 foreign player rule effectively rules them out.

Close Miss Outs
  1. Vidyut - Though his all rounding abilities is a great positive, he has to do something well
  2. Thushara - I still suspect Chennai Super Kings would fly him to South Africa after the departure of Flintoff
What do you think? Is this the best eighteen out of the entire 29 Member Squad.

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