Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Another thrashing by CSK

CSK dealt a thrashing to Pune Warriors to retain their No:1 spot in IPL Premier League Table. While the middle order batsmen set up a comprehensive total, their bowlers & fielders backed it up with critical wickets. 

It was great to see CSK continue their winning momentum and ending Pune Warriors's hopes of reaching semi-finals. 

Positives:
1. Raina & Badri: For the explosive innings from Dhoni, the victory was set up by well-paced batting by Raina & Badri. Raina is slowly coming to his best and Badri never fails to deliver when the teams expect a crucial knock from him. 
2. Dhoni: I believe this is the best we have seen of Dhoni in IPL. He has been winning matches - from the day one of the season. His knock ended the chances for Pune Warriors in the match today.
3. Mohit Sharma:  Continues to impress! We are bound to see him - soon in the Indian colors. 
4. Hussey & Fielding: Crucial run-outs and commitment shown on the field - especially by Hussey was commendable. Hmmm. Hussey will be missed next season. 
5. Experimentation: With just one more win required for qualifying for the play-offs, Dhoni continues to experiment - by bowling Jadeja - right at the beginning. Hope this helps Dhoni to figure out the best combo for the play-offs. 

Also it was the right decision to drop Nannes for Morkel. Hope Morkel gets an opportunity to bat - to show his worth for the team. 

Fan's Man of the Match: Dhoni - In-addition to his batting, his batting and wicket-keeping was spot-on. 

CSK should now look to qualify through a win against Kings XI Punjab at Chennai on May 2. 

3 comments:

Nate said...

Robin, why will Hussey be missed next season? Did he decide not to take part in IPL or you are worried about the next years's auction?

Senz said...

Exactly! Why would Huss be missed? He has mentioned he would like to be involved with CSK for couple more years. The player retention rules havent come about yet but if there is a chance to retain him CSK should. We wont get him for the low price we paid for him at the previous auction.

Robin Samuel said...

@Nate,
I am worried about the auction. And from the general trend that a batsmen has his best IPL Season after his retirement and form peters off in the subsequent IPL. So I don't think CSK Management would bid for him the next year.

@Senz,
If he goes to the auction, CSK would find it tough to retain him. But if he decides to stay away from the auction, I would love to see him in the squad. But would Faf becoming better every year, I would much prefer Faf opening rather than Hussey in the next season