Super Kings Value Pack Ready to Roll Again - The New Indian Express

Super Kings Value Pack Ready to Roll Again

Published: 11th April 2014 08:20 AM

Last Updated: 11th April 2014 12:02 PM

As the seventh season of Indian Premier League sets in, a familiar story is set in store for the next 45 days. It is a winning script that has made the previous six seasons a memorable one. The city itself is known for movie buffs and theatre play and it is no surprising that Chennai Super Kings always come up with a hit formula in the box office that leaves the grand opera applauding in unison at the end of the show.

Season after season, they always make it to the grand finale, putting up a grand show from the very beginning to the end. The act generally begins with a grand opening amidst whistles in their den at Chepauk before it gradually raises the tempo mid-level. Twists and turns will come into play, as co-artists come and go, keeping the fans to the edge of their seat; the lead-protagonist will then turn up with a maverick performance in a nail-biting sequence which will lead to the climax. And that is when the performances of lead artists and co-artists will be acclaimed. Whether it is a tragic or happy ending, it orchestrates a stunning story.

Across the six seasons, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been the protagonist who allows the co-artists to play around him. When the situation gets complicated, Dhoni will wield out his magic, leaving the opposition gasping. His T20 international stats might not reflect how good he is in the format, but the 32-year-old is a genius with Super Kings. Unlike for India, Dhoni bats higher up the order, and his strike rate of 135 and 15 50s indicate why he is the lead-artist. And even as a captain, Dhoni has taken Chennai to five finals in six seasons and winning the trophy twice.

But more than Dhoni, it is Suresh Raina who is the cult hero of the show. The southpaw is the lone player to play all the 94 matches for the franchise and holds the record for being the only player to score 400 plus runs in each of the six editions. Batting at number 3, Raina gives the platform for the rest to engineer a big total. West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo, who breaks into dance moves on the field, provides the mojo with the ball and was the leading wicket-taker last season. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, plays the role of the hero’s trusted ancillary, doing his business without much glamour. Fellow all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is Dhoni’s able henchman.

To support the lead-artists, the director — coach Stephen Fleming — assembles a side, which adds flavour to the script. With Murali Vijay, Michael Hussey, Albie Morkel, S Badrinath out of the upcoming season, there are new faces to fill in those rules. Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Samuel Badree, Dwayne Smith and Ashish Nehra will render a fresh touch to the script. “They always have had a good core group and this season they have again retained them. So it is easy for the new players to come in and settle into the team culture. This time they are short on local batsmen. But I think the likes Faf and McCullum will compensate. They have a good side on paper as usual and always play consistent cricket and this season won’t be any different,” said former India opener Aakash Chopra.

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