While it was disappointing to see CSK’s bowling department failing to contain the Chargers’ batting onslaught, I put the blame squarely on Dhoni’s strategy with respect to his batting order. I have three major concerns that need to be addressed fairly quickly. Firstly, Parthiv Patel has no place in this line up. With a regular opener like M. Vijay in the side, it is worth trying him out. S. Badrinath is not necessarily in the side as a finisher but as a middle order batsman who can rotate the strike especially when players like Hayden are taking on the bowling. He is a wasted commodity at number seven, you may as well play an extra bowler. Finally, Dhoni or Morkel should be the ones playing overs 16-2o.CSK is losing them way before that stage and therefore the finishing is quite pathetic.
On a brand loyalty note, I continue to remain a loyal supporter of CSK but my patience is running out especially after watching “God” play his innings today. It is becoming increasing tougher to avoid looking in a different direction as far as franchise loyalty is concerned.:)