Monday, 27 April 2009

From Bottom To Top:Deccan Chargers

In the last and the first edition of the Indian Premier League, it was the Deccan Chargers who ended up as the last team on the points table even rivaling the Royal Challengers Bangalore whom most of them thought to make it to the last position. But, it is indeed a dream to even imagine a team which was positioned last in the previous edition to emerge as first in this edition. This happening despite any changes hardly being made to the team. The only change that the Deccan Chargers team has undergone since its launch is that the side has been captained by Adam Gilchrist which was until then done by VVS Laxman.

However, I don't give much cheers to the Deccan Chargers team for topping the charts this year. Instead I blast them for being the chokers in the first edition of the same for the team was gifted with players like Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and Herschelle Gibbs to mention a few. And on the bowling side, they had the likes of Pragyan Ohja, Lasit Malinga and Dwayne Bravo head the list. With such players, there was absolutely no reason whatsoever for the Deccan Chargers to put up such a dismal performance. Of course, Royal Challengers could be given an excuse for the players that were chosen were Sunil Joshi, Wasim Jaffer whose abilities need not be mentioned specially.

I still remember Deccan Chargers losing the match against the Rajasthan Royals despite Andrew Symonds notching up a century. Perhaps this was until then the fastest century of the tournament until Adam Gilchrist overtook the same. However, it is indeed nice to see the same Deccan Chargers come back to claim the top position that was thought to be dominated by Rajasthan Royals or the Chennai Super Kings like last year. At the same time, this could not have been possible without the support of Mumbai Indians in the match for they succumbed from a score of 86/1 to 92/4. If this is the batting display of any team, i wonder whether it is difficult for any opposition to win the match from there onwards?

Well I think that a clear cut picture would not be available right now for there is one more round to go after this once, with the present round yet to go. May be that Deccan Chargers might go down as well and like last year, Royal Challengers might just miss out on being in the last position like they did last year by claiming the second spot if the list is viewed from the bottom to top. Or, there are other teams like Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians who have the potential in them to make it to the top. Of course, the Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers are a gone case.

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