IPL: Winners and Losers — I


The IPL cricket festival is over. The Shane Warne led unfancied and least-expensive team from Rajasthan took home the coveted trophy — said to be the most expensive sporting trophy ever! The match itself was befitting a final as it went down to the last ball for scores to be settled. And it had a fairy-tale ending too as Shane Warne, said to be the best captain Australia never had, was there at the end to guide the team home to victory.

So who were the winners and losers in this festival of cricket? I plan to write about this in the next few posts. In this post, I concentrate on winners and losers for the two finalists.

As far as teams go, the Royals formed either side of the win-loss spectrum. It would be fair to say that the biggest winner was Rajasthan Royals while the biggest losers would have to be the Bangalore Royal Challengers.

The team from Rajasthan was one of the least expensive teams going around. They banked on non-icon, non-expensive local players like Mohammed Kaif, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Swapnil Asnodkar, Neeraj Patel, Taruvar Kohli, Dinesh Salunke, Siddharth Trivedi, Mahesh Rawat, Pankaj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja. Most of these players have delivered big-time for the team. They then added to the mix a healthy dose of the right sort of experienced internationals who repaid faith in a big way. Players like Shane Warne, Shane Watson, Graeme Smith, Sohail Tanveer and Kamran Akmal were not hugely expensive. A disappointment was that the tournament did not get to see much of Younis Khan, arguably one of the best batsmen going around these days! However, the team had the right sort of players that Rajasthan was trying to build — a team of equals where everyone contributes in some way or the other. What you got was a terrific team combination that delivered consistently thanks to the leadership that made each player express themselves hugely. The biggest winners were perhaps Yusuf Pathan and Swapnil Asnodkar. The big factor here was that this team banked on overseas players that would stay the distance with the team! Unlike Chennai and Kolkata — two teams that were badly exposed when the overseas players departed, the Rajasthan Royals went for less expensive recruits that would stay the distance and mould the team into a fighting unit. Although Kamran Akmal and Younis Khan arrived late and although we didn’t hear much from Justin Langer, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Morne Morkel, all of the key overseas players stayed with the team for the duration. Moreover, there was little chopping and changing of the team. Any changes were forced either by injury or the 4-overseas-player rule — which meant that in some games Kamran Akmal was not included.

The Chennai Super Kings journey was a mixed bag. It was one of the more expensive teams. However, as pointed out above, the main difference was that the high-impact players stayed only for a brief period after which one felt that there was a re-building phase that never quite got over. Players like Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey, Jacob Oram and Stephen Fleming did not last the distance. This is something that the franchise owners may want to look into more seriously in the next installment of the IPL. Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid took wildly different routes to prove that a team is not just a random collection of talented individuals. The former had some talented players that formed the nucleus of a well-oiled and well-led machinery. The latter had a large collection of talented players who couldn’t quite work it together. Each player in the team needs to understand why they are there and needs to accept what is expected of them in different situations! Chennai, one felt, was still a work-in-progress when the finals series started. The big winner for Chennai would have to be Manpreet Gony. It would be a shame to see Manpreet Gony not being part of the longer-term ODI/T20 mix for Team India. The big strides he has put in are too compelling to ignore. But the player who created the biggest impact is, in my view, Suresh Raina. He seized his opportunities to make statements about his batting and fielding abilities. From amongst the overseas players Albie Morkel made the biggest strides while Makhaya Ntini and Muralitharan showed everyone the value of being a committed and strong professional. Players from the local catchment were somewhat disappointing and that, in the end, separated the wheat from the chaff. While Abhinav Mukund wasn’t given opportunities, one felt that Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, S. Badrinath and L. Balaji did not do enough too often to stake serious enough claims about their potential. It is, however, certainly refreshing to see L. Balaji make those strides towards a total recovery. While Team India can now boast of a significant and non-trivial bench strength in the pace bowling department, the presence on the recovery-road of a past-winner like L. Balaji is certainly refreshing. It would have been a pity if Balaji had been lost in the system forever. I did feel that Joginder Sharma was a disappointment for Chennai. In my view, he is a player that has taken a backward step in the IPL. Another partial disappointment for me has been Parthiv Patel. Although Parthiv Patel’s batting appears to have improved, it is quite shocking to see that his ‘keeping is perhaps as good as it ever has been! With the solidity of M. S. Dhoni and with players like Dinesh Karthik, Mahesh Rawat, Shreevats Goswami and Wriddhiman Saha knocking on the doors, the route back into Team India for Parthiv Patel — as a ‘keeper — looks long and is perhaps a lost cause.

There ends Part-I of this commentary. I’d love your views and opinions on this…

— Mohan

34 responses to “IPL: Winners and Losers — I

  1. Mohan, if you still feel that Badri did not capitalise on the (really) limited chances that he got, inspite of being shunted down the order according to the whims and fancies of his skipper, then you must be nearly blind and I must unfortunately categorise you in the list of people whose eyes are tightly shut to the injustice meeted out to Badri!! It’s a pity…

  2. Srikanth Mangalam

    Mohan,

    While I generally agree with your views, I’d like to point out an interesting comment that VB Chandrasekhar made yesterday. He mentioned something about the importance of not benching foreign players. His point being that having invested heavily in them, play all of them as much as you can to ensure integrity, effectiveness and consistency. Though Hayden, Hussey, and Oram were there for only 4 games, Chennai ended up playing all of its remaining foreign players right through. This is where teams like Delhi, Deccan Chargers, and Royal Challengers failed. You can’t alternate between Dilshan, De Villiers and Malik or Styris, Afridi, Gibbs etc. or Kallis, Misbah, Chanderpaul in the the manner that the teams did. Even Rajasthan ensured that the foreign players who played, stayed in the XI for most games. Yes, Younis Khan did not get more than one game but he did not have to. I generally thought that only Chennai, Rajasthan and Punjab handled their foreign recruits the best. This ended up being a big factor.

    I agree that the bench strength in all departments of the game for India has upped a notch thanks to the IPL. While I was surprised that Sreevats Goswami got the nod ahead of Shikar Dhawan for the U-19 players (unless Dhawan has crossed the limit!), I certainly think his future is bright.

  3. Srikanth Mangalam

    I meant “integration” and not “integrity”…

  4. I’d be very disappointed if the IPL went down the route that VB has suggested. The 4-player constraint is a terrific one and I hope it is there to stay. Indeed, I have written to the IPL suggesting that they set a max limit on the total number of overseas players in a team. Teams can chose whether or not they want to invest in more than 4 players. The IPL does not hold a gun to the franchise owners’ heads asking them to invest in as many as 10 players as Rajasthan and Bangalore did or 11 players as Kolkata and Mumbai did! Delhi, Chennai, Punjab and Hyderabad invested only in 8 players (for Chennai this included Hayden, Oram, Fleming and Hussey).

    I agree with you that Chennai used its overseas players well although its persistence with Stephen Fleming was a bit baffling at times.

  5. BTW, Mohan & Srikanth, whatever I intend to convey here is not directed personally towards you guys!! I mean most of this in a humorous way and usually dot my comments with enough smileys to convey that. I am passionate about my cricket but am not an over-zealous fanatic who can’t see reason (as Mohan would like to think!!)🙂 So I trust you will take it in the spirit it’s intended!!

  6. I object to a statement that a player was shunted up and down because of a “bias”. This suggests that there is an inherent Machiavellian plot that the captain indulges in — a plot that suggests a conspiracy theory; a plot that suggests that a captains’ evil designs are more important than victory! Hence my comment on that other thread on “bias”.

    Now, coming to fixed-positions Vs rotating-positions, I do believe that we may have seen the last of players batting in fixed positions in T20 and maybe even in ODIs. A good player will be good enough in any position!

    Yusuf Pathan played in 17 matches. He batted in 6 different spots/positions. He batted as opener in 3 matches at 1-down on 6 occasions, 2-down on 3 occasions (including a DNB where the next spot would have been 2-down), 3-down twice and 4-down twice. Now tell me, has he made an impact on the game or what? Was his position “fixed”. It certainly wasn’t in my view.

    Badrinath batted in 4 different positions. He batted 6-down on 7 occasions (including one in which he would surely have been next in), 2-down twice, 3-down 3 times, 4-down twice and DNB 3 times.

    Note that it is likely that the above calculations could be incorrect…

    — Mohan

  7. Yes, Mohan but atleast Yusuf got a chance to bat…he did not have to sit in the dugout awaiting his turn all the time!! I’m convincee Dhoni doesn’t like Badri…machiavellian or otherwise!!🙂 There is no other explanation for promoting Kapu ahead of Badri today. I can’t accept that it was a strategic mistake by Dhoni. Can you atleast say one thing that can back Kapu’s promotion today…one single factor? This guy has no performance to talk about….what was Dhoni thinking while promoting him? I can’t think of a single logical reason. Can you come up with one?

    Mohan, it’s easy to take one person’s case, do a stats comparison and prove a point. I feel the single biggest reason Raina was so successful in IPL was because he always came 1 down, Can you disagree? Even in Yusuf’s case (from your own stats), he got to bat in the top 4 in 12 games!!:-) That’s a significant number of times that he had the opportunity to make a difference to the game. That’s precisely my grouse with respect to Badri that he never got enough chances like this to make an impact!!🙂 Thanks for helping me out there, Mohan!!🙂

  8. @Shankar,

    Just as you are convinced that Dhoni does not like Badrinath, I am convinced that you believe in wild conspiracy theories that have no basis and perhaps stem from a base complex of some sort🙂

    Nothing personal… just a point of view🙂

    Several reasons may be provided for Dhoni promoting Kapugedeara ahead of Badrinath. But firstly, the comms were of the view that it was Keppler Wessels’ decision — as Dhoni was out in the middle at the time. So, I guess Wessels also has an in-built hatred for Badrinath!

    [Note: Here is a link to an article that suggests that it was Wessels’ decision to send Kapu in… http://ipl.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/News/News/articleshow/3091895.cms%5D

    Even so, I think some of the reasons that could be ascribed for the Kapu decision could be: stupidity, mistake, error, craziness, mind-fuse… Definitely not hatred for another player that was deliberately carried through even though it would have potentially resulted in a loss.

    To suggest that Kapu was sent ahead of Badrinath because Dhoni hates Badrinath is, if you will forgive my directness, a suggestion that comes straight from cloud-cuckoo land!

    I am happy to take other cases to prove my point if necessary. The point being that the days of fixed positions is over. Each player is there to perform a role and when the situation demands that that role is necessary, the player is whipped out into the middle!

    Dhoni himself batted in as many positions as Badrinath! He batted 2-down 3 times, 3-down 4 times, 1-down 3 times and 4-down 3 times (and DNP twice). Stretching your argument to its logical conclusion would thereby indicate that Dhoni hates himself!!🙂

    — Mohan

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  10. “Dhoni himself batted in as many positions as Badrinath”.
    It was opportunistic that was not bestowed on Badri

  11. Having said that I should add that altering the batting position is Captain’s prerogative. I admit that Dhoni was spot on whenever he changed his own batting position.

  12. Mohan, assuming writing in this blog is not your full time profession, you do have an attractive alternative choice in psycho analysis!!🙂 I’m impressed!!🙂

    Thanks for the link. I feel I must have over-estimated Dhoni’s intelligence especially after reading that he still feels there was nothing wrong with that decision. Wow!! Those kind of decisions do belong in cloud-cuckoo land. Imagine the arrogance of the skipper/player not to acknowledge the mistake and instead shift blame!! BTW, this is not the first time Dhoni has done that when he has lost.

    BTW, Mohan you also again proved, among your numerous skills, you do possess the innate ability to read between the lines and make your own theories!!🙂 Maybe you are given to wild day-dreaming, on a regular basis?🙂 My grouse was that Badri was being shunted repeatedly by the skipper especially in the latter rounds of the tournament. I indicated a consistent trend..not a one-off case as you suggest in your tangential response!!🙂 Anyways, if you are naive enough to still believe that politics does not exist within the team and in team selection, I must reserve a place for you right next to me in cuckoo-land, for you would make an excellent candidate!! Believe me, the food is great around here!!🙂

    Mohan, having said all that, I think this is a pointless argument we are making. We could go back and forth all day long and achieve nothing. Ultimately we are just fans of the game and don’t have control over anybody’s destiny. So, I will not repond henceforth on this topic. I think I have atleast highlighted the facts, whether you choose to believe in it or not. Have a good day!!🙂

  13. Thanks guys…for not letting me post comments anymore!! More power to you…I guess you are all strong advocates of freedom of speech!!🙂

  14. Thanks guys…for not letting me post comments anymore!! More power to you…I guess you are all strong advocates of freedom of speech!!🙂

  15. Not sure on the badri debate.But I think some things were most impressive. One when both the captains laughed when scores levelled after balaji’s wide(and parthiv’s clumsy effort).Other when the losing team huddled after the match with the captain praising their efforts .Or ntini’s motivating his captain that he will not mess up his over.
    I think this is the way the game needs to be played. Compare this to kings xi semifinal, where yuvraj sulked and not sure which player it was ,kicked one of the fence cones in anger as he walked out or harbhajan’s slapgate.

    For once cricket was played like what it is meant to be a gentleman’s game not like a juvenile sport that players like harbhajan,sreesanth,akhtar etc have made it to be.After seeing somebody matured like gony, you seriously wish he would replace sreesanth.
    As for Yuvraj,Kings XI simply didn’t deserve it becoz everybody else was doing their job except the captain.

  16. Mohan,

    Leaving aside the argument of whether Dhoni likes or dislikes Badri for now, we can quite safely say that Dhoni has problems trusting local players to get the job done. This has been CSK’s soft area. Warne rightly said that it is the 7 local players that are very crucial in winning games and sadly Dhoni never empowered the “non-internationals”. For instance, Suresh Raina was scoring quicks 20s in the initial part of the tournamanet without really converting those starts and yet was persisted with at no. 3 while Badri, despite a brilliant first half to the tournament was shunted around. Parthiv and Fleming, despite screwing the middle part of the tournament were persisted and only Parthiv was dropped for a few games. Why an Abhinav Mukund or Anirudha was not given a decent run in the tournament I will never understand.

    Your argument that Dhoni batted in as many positions as Badri is specious at best. Dhoni batted within the top 5-6 most of the times while Badri was played at no. 8 several times. The difference between Yusuf Pathan and Badri is the intent of the captain – Pathan was used in different position becos the cap’n believed in a certain strategy to maximize the player’s ability while Badri was played lower in the order when faith was bestowed in someone else to get the job done ahead of him. Look at this table:

    Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
    MEK Hussey 4 3 1 168 116* 84.00 100 168.00 1 0 0 12 11
    ML Hayden 4 4 1 189 81 63.00 131 144.27 0 2 0 24 6
    MS Dhoni 16 14 4 414 65 41.40 310 133.54 0 2 0 38 15
    SK Raina 16 14 3 421 55* 38.27 295 142.71 0 3 0 35 18
    M Gony 16 5 4 35 15* 35.00 23 152.17 0 0 0 2 3
    JA Morkel 13 10 3 241 71 34.42 163 147.85 0 1 0 18 14
    S Badrinath 16 11 5 192 64 32.00 130 147.69 0 2 1 21 8
    PA Patel 13 13 2 302 54 27.45 297 101.68 0 2 1 42 3
    SP Fleming 10 10 1 196 45 21.77 165 118.78 0 0 1 27 3

    Leaving Gony out of the Table, there’s nothing much to really choose between Raina, Morkel and Badri in terms of average or SR. Yet if you look at the number of opportunities each person got, it clearly tells you a story. Unles s Dhoni starts trusting local players more, CSK will have similar campagins for the forseeable future – win a few then lose a few without really domoinating the tournament. For a state which won te domestic T20 comprehensively in its first year and the ICL T20 its first time and a strong showing in the second, not having more than 3 players in the team isn’t quite good. I hope Dhoni changes for next year.

  17. @Prabu

    Good points that have been well-made.

    But pray why are we selective when we talk about “trust in local players”? Could you tell me the name of one other IPL captain that would have trusted an off-color L.Balaji right through the tournament? Dhoni did and swapped Joginder Sharma for Balaji — in my view, not a wise move!

    So are we to then form yet another hypothesis that Dhoni trusts local bowlers more than he does local batsmen because he is scared the local batsmen will upstage him?

    The evidence presented suggests that Dhoni trusted the players he thought would do the job for the team. And it wasn’t as if Badrinath was denied opportunities. In some crunch situations (take the game against Bangalore) he did not deliver and that may have played in the minds of Dhoni and Wessels when it came to promoting Kapugedera ahead of Badrinath.

    Mind you. I have nothing against Badrinath. I have long argued his case for inclusion in the India team. Read my past posts on this blog. I am, however, against the endless perpetuation of regionalism and the fanning of wild conspiracy theories (that are aplenty in Indian cricket anyway!).

    — Mohan

  18. And btw, in my view Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan may have got more than his share of captains’ trust and he is a local player.

  19. Mohan,

    I know you have supported Badri b4 – quite a regular blog reader here. My point is about Dhoni though – your reference to Balaji is right and here again my point is that Dhoni trusted international experience more than anything else. While Dhoni was bemoaning lack of bowling options, you have Vidyut and Badri who have both been good bowlers in domestic T20 and ODis before. Dhoni never ventured to give a chance to Ashwin in 16 games even when he had a chance to do so. There was no Plan B becos CSK never prepared for one. This is not about regionalism – I am not suggesting Dhoni didn’t use Badri becos he is from TN. The point is that you cannot win a tournament of 16 games if you only entrust 5-6 players to do the job consistently.

  20. Ok, now we are talking.

    Yes, there was no Plan-B for CSK and in that, I agree 100%. That was what I referred to in my post as CSK being a “work-in-progress”. It is hard to construct a team in 40 days especially when all of your go-to men leave after 12 days! That left Dhoni with little time and just 2-3 go-to men in Raina, Nitini and Gony (who had, by then, become one)!

    Warne, on the other hand, had no such problem. He had his major go-to men with him all the time!

    — Mohan

  21. Whether you accept or not, Dhoni is not a captain who can think cricket. He is Unimaginative and only goes by his instincts.

    It has been very fortunate for him and India that we have been winning under him.

    Hats off to his instincts. May God bless him and Indian cricket team.

  22. Mohan, I aologise if my language was colorful in my previous posts. Like I said, I’m aware it was just us going at each other!! No offence taken.

    My whole grouse was your initial statement that among others, Badri did not make use of the opportunities he got. I agree, he played a horrible shot to get out to Kumble in that match but so did a bunch of others as well. My contention was that he was never used correctly by his skipper inspite of showing his potential. When he played those two 60 odd knocks, Dhoni played at the other end and should have got a first hand opinion, even if he hasn’t watched too much domestic cricket due to international commitments. There were also couple of close matches when Badri came in, scored a quick 15-20 and got CSK home. All I was saying is that he did not get similar opportunities/confidence of his skipper as did some others like Raina and Parthiv. That has been a pattern in his domestic career unfortunately. As a fan, any good cricketer that does not get the right break is an unfortunate event for Indian cricket right from the days of Rajinder Goel, KP Bhaskar etc. When he first selected to the Indian team in the ODI series against the Aussies at home for the last 3 games, he sat on the bench. Even for the last game which was a dead one since we had already lost the series, he was not played. There might be other considerations for that decision, but I just feel it’s unfortunate that you get selected into the team and then don’t get to play even a dead game. After that, he has barely gotten a sniff at selection again. Again in the India A selection he gets selected but as deputy to Parthiv. I understand it’s good enough to be selected but for a player of his experience and standing (skipper of a zone), he ought to lead the side.

    It’s just unfortunate….

  23. Srikanth Mangalam

    I am not sure what “Prabhu” means by local players. Yusuf Pathan, Swapnil Asnodkar, Niraj Patel, R. Jadeja, Siddharth Trivedi, Munaf Patel are not Rajasthan “locals”. Shane Warne played these “non-locals” consistently because they performed well.

    The Chennai team for any game had atleast 7 non-internationals in their side, else they would been found to in breach of the IPL code.

    If you are expecting me to believe someone like Aniruddha or Abhinav or Vidyuth, if played more, would have performed like an Asnodkar or Yusuf, then dream on. Asnodkar got one chance and he scored a 50 on IPL debut. Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan does not even look ranji grade to me.

    Dhoni persisted with Pazhani Amarnath in the beginning and Balaji towards the end and went unrewarded. Things may have been different if Joginder Sharma had played in the final game.

    In my opinion, the Chennai Superkings did well despite the presence of the abovementioned Tamilnadu players. And, if folks are inferring that the difference between a Chennai victory and a Chennai loss in the finals was the Badrinath getting to play only 4 balls, then dream on!!

    Shankar, I will dig up the stats on Badrinath’s performance in key domestic games and prove my point about his failures in crunch games. I have not had the time since you challenged my point but will do so in the next few days.

  24. Srikanth Mangalam

    Prabhu,

    I do agree that they could have tried Ashwin in one of the games. I was also surprised that M Vijay did not find a place in the squad at all.

  25. M Vijay is in a Second, I’m sorry third string India A team which is travelling to Israel, and Know what it is being captained by a guy called Jayadev Shah, who is Niranjan Shah’s son.

    There is lot of controversy over his selection as a captain. Looks like he also was a part of Rajasthan Royals, but they never let him play🙂

    Looks like he is like this guy Arjun Yadav who gets picked to all teams jus because he is Shivlal Yadav’s son🙂

  26. Srikanth,

    Badri was one of the three centurions of the South zone team that chased down 500+ against Endlang A 3.5 yrs back in Duleep Trophy – Venugopala Rao made a double hundred and Sriram made a hundred as well. Badri has been a standout performer for TN and India A in the last three years – his average 3 yrs back was in the low 40s and today has reached close to 60. He scored runs at no. 6 or 7 for India A consistently the last two years and even within India A games never got a chance to move up the order except a couple of times. Not talking about regionalism here, but Badri hasn’t had a fair deal at all and still has been a remarkable performer and should be first in line to get into the Indian team when there is an opening. This lament of mine has nothing to do with IPL though, Badri deserves a chance in the test team which is where his real strength is and I just hope the selectors are not again swayed by ODI and T20 performances for their test selection.

    BTW, not sure why my name is within “quotes”, reminds me of an episode of Friends!

    FYI, Vidyut scored 40+ in his very first IPL game and yes Vidyut isn’t Ranji grade but he certainly is Ranji List A grade – check out the reason why Vidyut was added to the CSK team. And CSK didn’t lose a single game that Amarnath played I think and we can’t really say Dhoni’s belief in him went unrewarded. Let’s call Amarnath the Rajesh Chauhan of CSK team.

    And if you don’t think Badri could have made a difference if sent above Chamara you must be dreaming. Badri had a 145+ SR in the tournament and Chamara had about 78. Even if Badri hadn’t scored at 145, at the very minimum he would have rotated strike better than someone who scored 8 runs in 12 balls in the final 5 overs. Check out CSK’s run rate in the last 5 overs during the tournament and the final you will see the ultimate difference the promotion of Kapugedara made between CSK winning and losing. I would agree with your argument if RR won by a mile but this was a reallly close game and Badri’s elevation would’ve certainly made a difference to the game.

    Whew…that was long winded and pointless but good use of my sleep time. Ciao.

  27. Srikanth, I will certainly await your feedback after you dig up Badri’s stats. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at his consistency. Again, stats are a two edged sword. I remember Prem Panicker writing an article in rediff that stats can be manipulated and taken out of context (just by considering certain numbers or innings in this case) to put forward any point…maybe even make Tendulkar look like a third rate performer!!🙂 As it is, there is a prevalent view that Tendulkar does not score in crunch games (though that is far from the truth, in my mind) and is routinely debated in many cricket forums. Hopefully your attempt will be more towards finding the truth rather than scoring a point.

    I agree with what Prabhu has said in his posts. Badri has really not been getting a fair deal at all and his real strength is test cricket though he has adapted (to my pleasant surprise) very well to other forms of the game as well.

  28. @Shankar

    I did not mind your “colourful” language. I have a thick skin that enables me to give as good as I get in any argument.

    My main concern at the route that this discussion has taken from the moment it commenced is the feeling that you (and to some extent, Prabu) have that Dhoni was playing out some vendetta against Badri and TN players! I do believe TN fans have to shake themselves out of the conspiracy stupor that surrounds us. If Dhoni wanted to ill-treat Badri, the best way would be by having him sit out matches!

    You guys got me (and I suspect Srikanth too) off-side when you trod that path.

    My belief is that Badri blew his chances and hence the trust that his captain and coach had in him to play the big shots and the match-turning innings. He may not have put himself front-of-centre as Dhoni’s go-to man, just as Raina, Gony, Ntini and Muralitharan had. This is just my feeling.

    Unlike Srikanth, I agree that sending Kapugedera ahead of Dhoni was an error of judgement. But unlike you, I do not ascribe this error to a hate-fueled conspiracy on Dhoni’s part! The latter is a theory straight from (I said it before) where the cuckoos tend to live!🙂

    — Mohan

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  30. “If Dhoni wanted to ill-treat Badri, the best way would be by having him sit out matches” and the worse way would be to include him and not play him!

  31. Well i have been going through several websites n social networking sites like Orkut
    people are heavily bashing Dhoni for his descision
    of sending Kapugedra ahead of Badri which is right.
    So Badri had better strike rate n was more established in IPL at that time

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