IPL 4 – War cry from down south !
IPL season 4 came sans a respite after the World Cup 2011. Indian players are back into their respective franchises will for the next one month cross swords with the members of their own tribe. Some players have retained their hard earned places in their respective teams. For the others it is a new team , new teammates, and new owners and a new set of expectations. With the arrival of two new franchises in the form of Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Sahara Pune Warriors the battle for the trophy is all set to reach the crescendo ! The teams , more than anyone know that up ahead of them is a task filled with ups and downs and its all about keeping a cool head when the chips are down ! A victory can ensure a few more on the trot and meanwhile a streak of slump can thump the teams out of contention !
As always I put my weight behind the defending champs ! THE CHENNAI SUPER KINGS !
They are coming after an impressive season behind them and had achieved a double of sorts by clinching the IPL 3 and the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2010 in South Africa. The franchise has retained the core of the team ! This came not as a surprise and was music for the years of Chennai fans ! Dhoni is the man at the helm , who with his cool temperament lead the MEN IN BLUE to another world cup triumph. Raina made the most of the opportunities which came his way in the World Cup and so did R. Ashwin. Badrinath and M. Vijay are coming armed with tons of runs under their belt in the domestic season. A.Morkel , Doug Bollinger will be joined by Tim Southee , Kulasekara and Randiv lending teeth to the bowling department. Hussey is always around to drop the anchor and stem the rot ! The always behind the curtains Stephen Flemming is adept at hatching plots ! Bichelle is the new entrant into the camp and he dons the mantle of the Bowling coach !
With a heady mix of players all set to slip into the Amber jersey , CSK and its fans can dare to dream about an encore this season too !
The next best team or say the next team which I support is THE KOCHI TUSKERS KERALA !
One of the two brand new franchises in the IPL this season , The tuskers come with dreamy eyes ! I wish the BEGINNER’S LUCK stand by them ! The survival of this franchise was in the balance till the eleventh hour. Eventually , the team prevailed. The auction saw them grabbing the explosive Mccullum senior, the wily Mahela , the emerging star R.Jadeja , the seasoned pro Hodge, and the Spin wizard Murali. Joining them are the lads from Chargers and Challengers , R.P.Singh and Vinay Kumar. Sreeshanth , the local lad will provide able support to them. Gomez and other Indian players such as Parthiv and Kedhar Jadhav too are capable of pulling off match winning performances on their day !!
The Kochi Tuskers have the wherewithal to pull off upsets and emerge triumphant !
I throw light on the performances of these two teams !!