There are a few people in this world who claim that a certain 'Champion's League' is currently under progress. I had never heard about it until then. There's just too much cricket these days. Someone like me just can't keep track of it. But what now I accepted an offer to be giving bi-weekly updates for the dim blokes who can't afford to watch the tournament themselves. If you seem to be one of those people, then you might as well hold on to this blog link like the way you hold your teddy bear when you go to bed. Your cheeks are red, aren't they? Besides, I am not the kind who would easily let slip some serious bucks. (not for me, for the CLT20 players).
So here is the official pseudo team by team analysis of
Chennai Super Kings. Where else to start from the defending champions? Well, for a start, their captain. MSD has just come out of an aftermath of a deadly England series and a tongue injury. He might prove to be the key man (only beside N Srini) to sculpt another
Key bloopers: Ashwin, Raina and probably Bollinger.
Trinidad & Tobago: Favorites for any West Indian patriotic person. Captained by the formidable Darren Ganga who took them home (nearly) in '09. I'd like to see them make it large.
Key bloopers: Dinesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul and Keiron Pollard (whose absence will be filthily felt).
Somerset: They look a good team, don't they? England county cricket has always been fascinating to me. They were unfortunate to miss out last year. What else is there to say? They haven't qualified yet, but I'm sure they will.
Key bloopers: Wait, there's lots that I've missed. Murali Kartik is eyeing an India comeback. (Has he retired already?)(If yes, there might be a certain 'Afridi' element in him). Kieswetter, Thomas and van der Merwe might prove useful. Again, Keiron Pollard's absence will be felt.
Cape Cobras: I like this team a lot. But I am still sure that they will prove to be the replicates of the players who represent the country that they represent. By making priceless exits during the crucial knock-out stages. With Gibbs past his prime, they might have unlocked an X-factor (by dropping him and playing Justin Ontong instead). Besides, any purist would like Steyn hurling some at 145 k's.
Key bloopers: JP Duminy, Langeveldt and Steyn. (Keiron Pollard's absence will still be felt)(though he isn't/wasn't part of the squad)
Mumbai Indians: Sachin got injured, didn't he? That's enough for Mumbai to bag the wooden spoon. Injuries from Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh also follow logically. The men in blue require match-winning performances from the youngsters and Ambani Jr.
Key bloopers: Lasith Malinga, Ambati Rayudu and Munaf Patel. Fortunately, Keiron Pollard's absence will not be felt. However, the absence of his match-winning abilities will be felt.
South Australia: The Redbacks are awesome. I personally really like them. Their ability to play Twenty20 will definitely be their biggest asset for this tournament. The speed demon (or the extras demon), as he is popularly referred to by his contemporaries might have a career changing tour. He probably won't. I don't know, I'm not an astrologer.
Key bloopers: Daniel Christian, Klinger and Tait himself. Not to mention, No Pollard this time around.
Royal Challengers: Vettori is too over-reliant on the salient services of Sir Chris Gayle. He
Key bloopers: de Villiars, Dilshan's Pallu Scoop and
Liecestershire Foxes: Surprisingly enough, their qualification has blessed them and all their players.
Key bloopers: Razzaq, Hoggard and McDonald. (Don't tempt me to eat [at] you[r place], McDonald)
Auckland Aces: They dropped Martin Crowe. They aught to have a devastating attack if they can afford to make such a move. But they really have to fight the odds if they want to win something.
Key bloopers: Hopkins, Kyle Mills and Guptill.
New South Wales Blues: They came out of the blues in the inaugural season and they might do it again. Shane Watson looks polished.
Key bloopers: Hauritz, Steven Smith and Watson.
Warriors: A nice team. The warriors have had a good season so far, all they have to do is unleash their talent and they will succeed.
Key bloopers: Botha, Boucher and Tsotsobe.
Ruhuna and Kolkota Knight Riders: Well, lets just say that every tournament needs minnows.
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