While other teams of the IPL are still clamoring to include foreign players in their team, Chennai Super Kings during the current season has not included any famous player in their squad for the current season. Have they sobered after the experience with Andrew Flintoff who was one of the costliest players bought in the second season and who could not justify his inclusion at all, as he got injured and also had to return to England.
Lets analyze this aspect in light of the foreign players that Chennai Super Kings have included in their squad.
There is a Jacob Oram who is slowly going down the hill, and though he has been included in the squad, chances are that he may not find a place in the playing eleven. Another player in the team is the South African fast bowler Mkhaya Ntini who has been adorning the bench strength rather than playing in the squad. He has not lived up to his potential. Muthaiya Muralitharan is another player in this category, who has been more of a liability than an asset for the team, and the team management is having second opinion whether he should be playing regularly in the squad or not. As a matter of fact, he was not a regular fixture in the squad of Chennai Super Kings in the second season in South Africa. Therefore the only regular foreign players in the Chennai Super Kings squad could be Albie Morkel and Mathew Hayden. Of these two, Mathew Hayden is more of a Chennai Super Kings player who has given up all forms of game of cricket but for his association with the IPL. Hayden could also be one of the first players in the IPL who will play with the mongoose bat in the third season, showing his serious intent to be with the team for a long haul. Mongoose bat is the bat, which has a long handle and has similarity akin to the baseball bat.
In such a scenario, therefore, Chennai Super Kings could be the team fancying its chances in the third season of the IPL based on its bunch of Indian players. The problem area for Chennai Super Kings is in bowling department and unless they fix it up on an urgent basis there chances to have a strike at the trophy would exist more in the realm of touch and go.
By: Suman Rai