Shahid Afridi, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds and Scott Styris all in the same team. Add Adam Gilchrist, VVS Laxman, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, and Chaminda Vaas to it, and on paper it looks like a team which is unlikely to lose a game. In reality though, it shows that the captain of the team has to deal with players with huge egos and serious attitudes. That exactly is what I think has come in the way of the Chargers’ performing as a winning unit. Laxman and Gilchrist are “Mr. Nice Guys” and are having difficulty handling the likes of Afridi, Styris, and Gibbs. The team has not gelled at all with the real performers only being Gilchrist, Rohit Sharma and RP Singh. In fact, the three of them are amongst the top 5 run getters and wicket takers. Filling a team up with superstars is one thing but having to manage personality challengers is quite the other. The Chargers are facing it and are therefore unlikely to make any further impact in the tournament. Next year’s trading will see huge movement from this side, for one, I would like to see Rohit Sharma and RP Singh move out to better teams.
If Chennai can pull out a victory today against Punjab, the tournament becomes extremely interesting. Mumbai’s success, if sustained, can make 3rd and 4th spots really tight!