I believe that you being courted by many franchises. [What a high & problems that these choices offer L]. And you are serious evaluating the offers made by various franchises. I would like to contribute my two cents on why you should pick Chennai Super Kings ahead of others.
1. Exclusivity: Unlike other teams, we already have a pretty comprehensive team and are not interested in going after every Tom, Dick & Harry in the world. So if you get a call from the Chennai Super Kings team, remember that you are one of the select few who have been called. And you joining CSK would show to the world that you are a ‘special’ talent in the domestic cricket.
2. A Player’s Franchise: Don’t trust me on this. Trust what Hayden said in his book about CSK Franchise – “I heard one story about a franchise owner, shattered by his side’s form, calling them to a meeting at 2am. Players were summoned from their sleep for a crisis meeting after they‘d lost a series of games. That would never happen at the Super Kings”. Please think twice about joining a franchise based on money alone. Experiences & Happiness during the six week period do matter.
3. We Trust Talent: Remember Gony. When he arrived in IPL Season 1 – he was a player never heard of and has just played in a few games in the domestic season. We trusted him since he was the best option available. And in the last auction, he has walked with a 1 crore salary.
4. We Trust Young: Remember Ashwin’s super over in Champions League Cricket. Ashwin was allowed to bowl the over ahead of Murali & Bollinger. Youth never stands in the way of rewarding a better talent & performance in Chennai Super Kings.
5. Chennai Crowd: If you join Chennai Super Kings, we promise that we will love you unconditionally. Yes! We would criticize you if your performance is not matching your talent. But that does not mean we will stop loving you. Remember playing before the most knowledgeable crowd in India is a privilege.
6. Being a part of a winning team matters: Some of the other teams might tempt you with the assurance of making you a part of playing XI. But remember that it is not playing before TV audience that matters but winning before TV audience that matters. So pick your teams wisely and pick the team that has the highest probability of winning IPLs.
7. Track Record: When IPL started, Badri, Ashwin, Gony & Vijay were thought not to be ideal for one day/T20 Indian squad, today all of them have played for the Indian squad. Tell me from which other IPL team so many players have Indian caps because of their IPL performance. Remember your ultimate goal is to play for India.
8. Most Passionate Fans: Which other team has such a comprehensive blog? That itself talks volume about the involvement and passion of Chennai Super Kings Fans. As we adopted Dhoni (Ref: His experience of people talking with him in Tamil during his late night bike travels), we promise to adopt you as our very own.
And surely, it does not hurt that you will seen live by the Indian captain and the chairman of the Indian selections.
Expecting you to pick Chennai Super Kings.
With evergreen love,
- A CSK Fan