First and foremost, my heartiest congratulations to MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings for winning the IPL crown for the second time in a row. Didn't I tell you in my last article that Super Kings are my favourite to win because they have the captain named Dhoni who doesn’t lose many finals. That's his maverick touch and he has maintained that.
But apart from him I think Chennai is a very well rounded side and have depth and ability in every aspect of the game. More importantly, they have managed to maintain the nucleus of the side and have worked with more or less the similar group of people. In a team game like cricket this can be great boon as each member of the side is working towards the long term team goals and objectives.
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They have used the home advantage to maximum and didn’t lose any game at the Chepauk this season. In the finals they took their game to another level and didn’t allow Royal Challengers to make a fight of it. On any given day, 205 runs is a match winning total and if you get that in the finals you have more or less secured the title.
Royal Challengers were the deserving finalist by beating Mumbai Indians in the qualifiers. But this time they were on the receiving end. They needed a special effort from Chris Gayle or some-one else to chase this mammoth total.
The other final of this super sport Saturday was equally exciting. Manchester United and Barca were up against each other in this clash of the titans. I love my Football and watched this match with so much excitement and I have to say that Barca was much better side at that time and they played complete Football to lift the title.
On the personal front I am really disappointed to miss out on the West Indies tour. This was the first time we were going to play as the world champions and wouldn’t like to miss that opportunity. But for the last ten- fifteen days I was coughing and wasn’t feeling well. Just as a precaution I went through some scans and the report suggested that I have some lung infection and need some rest & medication.
I so much wanted to be on that flight but doctors advised me against it. As a senior cricketer I would have loved to share the burden with youngsters. But as a professional cricketer you can't be short- sighted and have to see your long term objectives.
But no matter how much I hate it, I would be sitting at home getting my treatment done and cheering my boys from home. I am sure that our team will do extremely well and keep the momentum going. I wish Suresh Raina and all the boys very best of luck and a great tour.
I was really amused to see some of the television channels reporting that I pulled out of the tour because I didn’t want to play under Raina. I don’t understand from where these ideas come and how much energy they spend on their whims and fancies. Do I need to tell everyone that I play for India and not for any captain or captaincy?
Haven't I played under MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir before? Haven't I said this far too many times that last year was tough as I had missed lot of cricket due to injuries. That's was really frustrating and depressing to say the least. And trust me neither I and nor any single person in the team will do or think something as childish as this. Anyway let’s hope that they have some better stories to make and bigger issues to deal with.
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On this note I will like to sign off and thank all my readers and supporters. Next time Pune Warriors will come back better and stronger. And very soon I will be back on the field, wearing Indian colours again. Amen.