Kochi Tuskers Kerala
Kochi Tuskers Kerala
Kochi Tuskers Kerala (27): VVS Laxman, S Sreesanth, RP Singh, Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Ramesh Powar, R Vinay Kumar, B Akhil, Chandan Madan, Deepak Chowghule, Kedar Jadhav, Raiphi Gomez, Sushant Marathe, Tanmay Srivastava, Y Gnanswara Rao, Yashpal Singh, Prashant Padmanabahan, (Foreign) Mahela Jayawardene, Brendon McCullum, Steven Smith, Muttiah Muralitharan, Brad Hodge, Thisara Perera, Steve O'Keefe, Owais Shah, Michael Klinger, John Hastings
Mahela Jayawardene (Kochi Tuskers Kerala): We all witnessed what the 34-year-old did for Sri Lanka in the World Cup final, by hitting a blazing century with a minimum of fuss. But holding the reins of the Kochi Tuskers won't be an easy task for the classy player as the team is already touted as the weakest among the ten feature in this season. (Getty Images)
New Delhi: In the euphoric aftermath of India's historic World Cup win on home soil, the nation is set to host glamorous and cash rich Indian Premier League starting from 8th April 2011.
If you thought you have seen it all, enjoyed it all in the 50-over World Cup, just 4 days are left when Indian Premier League hits the road. So gear up for exciting 51 days and nail-biting 74 matches.
Here is the schedule of IPL-4:
April 8, 8pm: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders - Chennai
April 9, 4pm: Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals - Hyderabad
April 9, 8pm: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Kochi
April 10, 4pm: Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians - Delhi
April 10, 8pm: Pune Warriors vs Kings XI Punjab - Navi Mumbai
April 11, 8pm: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers - Kolkata
April 12, 4pm: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils - Jaipur
April 12, 8pm: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians - Bangalore
April 13, 4pm: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings - Mohali
April 13, 8pm: Pune Warriors vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala - Navi Mumbai
April 14, 8pm: Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Hyderabad
April 15, 4pm: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders - Jaipur
April 15, 8pm: Mumbai Indians vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala Mumbai
April 16, 4pm: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Chennai
April 16, 8pm: Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab - Hyderabad
April 17, 4pm: Pune Warriors vs Delhi Daredevils - Navi Mumbai
April 17, 8pm: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals - Kolkata
April 18, 8pm: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Chennai Super Kings - Kochi
April 19, 4pm: Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers - Delhi
April 19, 8pm: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals - Bangalore
April 20, 4pm: Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors - Mumbai
April 20, 8pm: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala - Kolkata
April 21, 8pm: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals - Mohali
April 22, 4pm: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Kolkata
April 22, 8pm: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings - Mumbai
April 23, 8pm: Delhi Daredevils Kings XI Punjab - Delhi
April 24, 4pm: Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians - Hyderabad
April 24, 8pm: Rajasthan Royals vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala - Jaipur
April 25, 8pm: Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors - Chennai
April 26, 8pm: Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Delhi
April 27, 4pm: Pune Warriors vs Chennai Super Kings - Navi Mumbai
April 27, 8pm: Kochi Tuskers vs Kerala Deccan Chargers - Kochi
April 28, 8pm: Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders - Delhi
April 29, 4pm: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians - Jaipur
April 29, 8pm: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors - Bangalore
April 30, 4pm: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Delhi Daredevils - Kochi
April 30, 8pm: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab - Kolkata
May 1, 4pm: Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors - Jaipur
May 1, 8pm: Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers - Chennai
May 2, 4pm: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab - Mumbai
May 2, 8pm: Delhi Daredevils vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala - Delhi
May 3, 8pm: Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders - Hyderabad
May 4, 4pm: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals - Chennai
May 4, 8pm: Pune Warriors vs Mumbai Indians - Navi Mumbai
May 5, 4pm: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Kolkata Knight Riders - Kochi
May 5, 8pm: Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils - Hyderabad
May 6, 8pm: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab - Bangalore
May 7, 4pm: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings - Kolkata
May 7, 8pm: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils - Mumbai
May 8, 4pm: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala - Bangalore
May 8, 8pm: Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors - Mohali
May 9, 8pm: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings - Jaipur
May 10, 4pm: Deccan Chargers vs Pune Warriors - Hyderabad
May 10, 8pm: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians - Mohali
May 11, 8pm: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Jaipur
May 12, 8pm: Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils - Chennai
May 13, 8pm: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Kings XI Punjab - Indore
May 14, 4pm: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders - Bangalore
May 14, 8pm: Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers - Mumbai
May 15, 4pm: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils - Dharamsala
May 15, 8pm: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Rajasthan Royals - Indore
May 16, 8pm: Pune Warriors vs Deccan Chargers - Navi Mumbai
May 17, 8pm: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - Dharamsala
May 18, 8pm: Chennai Super Kings vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala - Chennai
May 19, 8pm: Pune Warriors vs Kolkata Knight Riders - Navi Mumbai
May 20, 8pm: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals -Mumbai
May 21, 4pm: Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers - Dharamsala
May 21, 8pm: Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors - Delhi
May 22, 4pm: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings - Bangalore
May 22, 8pm: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians - Kolkata
May 24, 8pm: First Placed Team vs Second Placed Team - Mumbai
May 25, 8pm: Third Placed Team vs Fourth Placed Team - Mumbai
May 27, 8pm: Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1 - Chennai
May 28, 8pm: Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2 - Chennai
When Chennai Super Kings picked their team in the 2008 auctions, it was as if they were plucking flowers from a garden in full bloom. Cut to 2011, and they will have a World Cup Champion, Champions League Champion and IPL Champion leading them into the fourth season of the Indian Premier League.
In 2008, they picked up contemporary stars like Dhoni, Mike Hussey, Matthew Hayden, Suresh Raina, Muttiah Muralitharan, etc. and looked the most balanced unit the league could get. After the first-match massacre of a hapless Kings XI team, with a record total of 240 runs, the team seemed to be on track for bigger honours, but there were mid-season jolts. However, Chennai had their set-belts tied and sailed through to the semi-finals - only to be beaten by a magical Rajasthan Royals team in the final of the inaugural event.
Going into the second season, the expectations were expectedly high. There was obvious hype and collective brilliance of the team ensured they ended second on the league table. But the law of averages got them in the semi-finals and a resurgent Bangalore Royal Challengers were too good for the previous yearís finalists.
By the third season, the chokersí tag sat amiably on their shoulders. The Chennai Super Kings started their campaign disastrously with early losses but Murali Vijayís purple patch and Doug Bollinger's near perfect bowling ensured a final berth again.
They knew the match was never going to be easy against a spirited Mumbai Indians' outfit but some bizarre decisions by the opposition and no-nonsense all-round performance by Dhoni's boys put the championship crown on their head. And then they double their silverware collection by winning the Champions League as well.
In the 2011 auctions, CSK took a sensible decision by retaining key performers Dhoni, Albie Morkel, Vijay and Raina while most of the other teams were busy planning a complete make-over. And the new additions to their camp included some proven stars and some intelligent buys; all in all, an intelligent make-up by the champion franchise.
While Dhoni will lead the pack, Vijay, Mike Hussey, Raina and Badrinath will form the core batting line-up. Albie Morkel, Francois Du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo and Scott Styris are a bunch of all-rounders any team would envy.Morkel has been an integral part of Chennaiís lower middle order and his lusty hits will be more than handy. Couple it up with his disciplined bowling and ask the South Africans what they missed during this World Cup.Bravoís move to CSK is a big boon and his former team Mumbai knows it too well and Du Plessis is talked about in the South African corridors for all good reasons of impeccable talent.
The bowling looks as sharp as the barberís prized possession. The team of Bill Hilfenhaus, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ravichandran Ashwin and Bollinger/Southee should be good enough to turn the opposition bald.And with players like Sudeep Tyagi and Shadab Jakati backing up, this will be the team to survive against.
With all the pros of new drafts and old survivors, the con of losing the big Matthew Hayden will be hard to hold down. Haydos is one of the players whose mere presence in the dressing room transpires confidence.
Agree nothing is immortal, but a World Cup-winning captain leading another champion side may just help the Chennai Super Kings conquer yet another peak.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Subramanium Badrinath, Joginder Sharma, Sudeep Tyagi, Abhinav Mukund, Aniruddha Shrikant, Ganapathi Vignesh, K Vasudevdas, Shadb Jakati, Vijaykumar Yomahesh, (Foreign) Albie Morkel, Michael Hussey, Dwayne Bravo, Doug Bollinger, Scott Styris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nuwan Kulasekera, Suraj Randiv, George Bailey, Faf du Plessis
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