What a game we have in store with the Chennai Super Kings taking on the Mumbai Indians in tonight’s first qualifier in Delhi.
Before the season began, I tipped the Super Kings to win every game, and think they would have if complacency didn’t set in. There’s class everywhere in the Super Kings line-up, led by the ever-impressive MS Dhoni, who is backed up by ‘Mr Cricket’ Mike Hussey, Vijay, Raina, Jadeja and Ashwin.
Mumbai, by comparison, have powered home and will present a real challenge at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Rohit Sharma has proven himself to be a great captain and Malinga has always is dangerous with the ball, especially in the T20 format.
Throw-in the quality of Sachin Tendulkar, who inspires even the most experienced of cricketers, and you have a very, very good team. I don’t think the occasion will faze either side in this game, but the Super Kings should win in a potential grand final preview.
The end of the regular season has brought a close to the career of one of cricket’s most popular and talented players – Adam Gilchrist. ‘Gilly’ is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and has enjoyed an incredible career.
It’s amazing to think he left New South Wales cricket as a young man because he couldn’t get a game, only to finish his playing days as one of the most revered batsmen/wicket keepers of all time. I have really enjoyed seeing Gilly match it with the young boys in the twilight of his career, and thought it was absolutely fitting that he scalped Harbhajan Singh with the last ball of his IPL playing days.
Another of the ‘old boys’ hanging up the boots, he’ll be sorely missed, but won’t be lost to the game altogether. Gilly would have left an indelible effect on his young charges in the Kings XI team, and will continue to do so in whatever role he decides to take up moving forward. His skills, experience and patience will be a huge asset to any organisation in the future.
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