So the season 3 of the mad man’s game is here. So is it Back? Bigger? Better?
Bigger- it might be next year with 2 more teams to join the party
Better- is what we could decide over the next 1 month of action
But, its definitely back.. ya back to India after almost 2 yrs. That’s definitely a reason to celebrate.. Yay!! 😛
So what’s new this IPL? Let’s have a look what each of the franchises have in store this season
1. Chennai Super Kings
Its my home side 🙂 and I hope we win this time after a couple of fairly good outings in the past 2 seasons. We made it to the semis on both occasions. CSK will be as ever blessed with the presence of one of the best captains of the IPL, Dhoni. Couldn’t agree with Director of CSK more when he says, he s a 3-in-1 performer whose contribution can never go without a mention.
Haydos is back and we might get a chance to see him with his Mongoose bat. The one that looks like a Dhobi walla’s. Kemp is in the side too and we might have to wait for sometime to c the blazing opening pair of Hussey and Hayden.
Now putting the other teams in perspective in the order of my backing them 🙂
2. Mumbai Indians
+ Sachin leading from the front and in the midst of an amazing purple patch
+ The Caribbean explosive duo of Bravo and Pollard.
+ They will hope that the Indian Spin and Pace spearheads Bhaji and Zaheer fire along with Malinga’s unorthodox bowling
3. Delhi Daredevils
+ The awesome Delhi opening pair of Viru and his Ranji team mate Gauti. Warner could only add to the woes of the opposition.
+ SA’s ABD and SL’s Dilshan were well worth their money last time. ABD might not be the same on Indian tracks.
+ Nannes and Parnell will form a nice bowling pair
No more favorites.. Listing others in some random order
4. Bangalore Royal Challengers
+ My 3rd fav captain after Dhoni and Sachin. Kumble can trouble any side with balls landing on their seam
+ Kallis couldn’t have hit a good form in anyother better time. Being an excellent all-rounder he comes as a nice package
+ The young Indian contingent of Praveen, Pandey and Vinay kumar should make their presence felt.
5. Kolkata Knight Riders
+ Supposed to be the most glamorous team of the IPL. But the glamour usually limits itself to just SRK. Hope Dada leads them to a decent position this time.
+ Gayle’s flamboyant batting, Mathew’s all-round abilities and Bond’s fiery bowling should come good for them to spell success this season
6. King XI Punjab
+ Much will depend on how good Sangakkara handles the additional responsibility of Captaincy with batting and wicket keeping.
+ Jayawardene, UV and Bopara’s batting will be things to look out for.
+ The Australian pair of Lee and Marsh would be eagerly awaited.
7. Deccan Chargers
+ Gilly Gilly.. all the way. He s one another Batsman-Wicketkeeper-Captain package after Dhoni and Sangakkara. And a main cog in the wheel for the Deccan.
+ The out of form talented-Rohit and lasttime-purplecap-holder RP Singh need to come good.
+ Big man Symmo has been good with both bat and the ball. Vaas seems to be going back to his good old days with some amazing opening bowling spells. Look out!!
8. Rajasthan Royals
+ Royals = Shane Warne. The equation couldn’t get any simpler.
+ Smith’s and Dimma’s injuries have really hurt them. Should more than be compensated by Shane Watson’s return in April.
+ Warne lead a team of underdogs to an emphatic win once. Can he do it again? Wait and watch.