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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Is the present bunch of CSK the weak-kneed bowling attack !!

It was mayhem at Bengaluru and everyone was inclined to post something on social media – with many of them ranking the bowling attack comprising of - Akash Singh, Tushar Deshpande, Maheesh Theekshana, Ravindra Jadeja, Matheesha Pathirana, Moeen Ali – as most weak-kneed and cannot defend 300 even !  -  dedicated to all those CSK baiters!!

Chennair Super Kings was on a roll- posting a massive 226 for 6 : Devon Conway's 45-ball 83,  Shivam Dube's 27-ball 52, and  they struck early through their Impact Player Akash Singh dismissing Virat Kohli for 6 in the first over. Mahipal Lomror then fell to Tushar Deshpande in the next over,  then RCB gave a real challenge. Ground fielding was extremely poor, with so many catches being floored.  Du Plessis was  dropped on 0,   then on  52,  Super Kings dropped two more catches in a lax fielding effort. 

Those watching the match comfortably lying in couch in airconditioned environ were jittery – one man stood calm, brazenly calm – no prize for guessing Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a real leader.

As you read further, what would call a bowling attack of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishwar Pandey, Ashok Dinda, Mitchell Marsh, Ali Murtaza, Aaron Finch! And Luke Wright -  all in their prime youth – exactly 10 years ago !!

Limited overs’ Cricket is a batsmen game !  Brett Lee would be deadly with his pace and had partners Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark,  Mick Lewis, Michael Clarke; their bowling opponents were :  Makhaya Ntini, Andrew Hall, Johan van der Wath,  Roger Telemachus, Greame Smith,  Jacques Kallis & Justin Kemp – remember the result !!  

At Centurion on that death-knell day for bowlers, Australia made flattering 434/4 and could not contain South Africa who chased it successfully making 438/9.   

If one were to say ‘Apple for Oranges’ as that was an ODI, another team of Wayne Parnell, Aiden Markram, Kagiso Rabada,  Marco Jansen,  Sisanda Magala,  Tabraiz Shamsi  (other than the last everyone playing in IPL 2023) conceded 258, yes 258 to West Indies team in a T20I at  Centurion, on March 26, 2023,  not even a month ago !!

That Bhuvi led attack leaked 263 runs in 20 overs bowling for Pune Warriors  to RCB on Apr 23, 2013.  You can continue ridiculing this CSK attack, however, its warrior leader MSD has immense faith on all his bunch and yesterday spoke so nicely about the process and following it on a long term.  He is a great successful leader.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful write up... could've touched the mumbaiker manjrekar's questions to Thala...
    Careful Successful Kings...