IPL Analysis: Chennai

Arjun BayContributor IMarch 31, 2009

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 05:  Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India is bowled out during the 6th NatWest ODI between England and India at the Oval on September 5, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

So the season of the IPL is upon us.

I know a lot of people are opposed to the league, but I enjoy it and want to analyze each team for its weakness and its strengths and hopefully pick the correct winner. Once I finish analyzing the teams, I will send out my predictions for the season.

The analysis on the Bleacher Report has been weak especially because people forget that you can ONLY have FOUR non-Indians on the playing XI.

So I decided to start with CSK

Last Year Result – Runners up

Batsmen (Internationals Starred) 

  • Matthew Hayden* 
  • Michael Hussey*
  • Murali Vijay
  • Subramaniam Badrinath 
  • Suresh Raina   
  • George Bailey*
  • Abhinav Mukund
  • Ankit Gupta
  • Arun Karthik
  • Anirudha Srikkanth
  • Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan


  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain)
  • Parthiv Patel

All Rounders

  • Andrew Flintoff*- Right-arm medium-fast
  • Jacob Oram* - Right-arm medium-fast
  • Albie Morkel*- Right-arm fast-medium 
  • Shadab Jakati - Slow left-arm orthodox spin 
  • Suresh Kumar - Right-arm offbreak
  • Viraj Kadbe - Right-arm leg-break
  • Napolean Einstein- Right-arm offbreak


  • Muttiah Muralitharan* Right-arm off-break
  • Joginder Sharma -Right-arm fast-medium
  • Makhaya Ntini* -Right-arm fast
  • Ravichandran Ashwin Right-arm off-break
  • Sudeep Tyagi -Right-arm fast-medium
  • Lakshmipathy Balaji - Right-arm fast-medium
  • Thilan Thushara*- Right-arm offbreak
  • Manpreet Gony- Right-arm medium
  • Palani Amarnath- Right-arm medium


  • Head Coach - Stephen Fleming
  • Assistant Coach – Venkatesh Prasad


Some scheduling issues to be aware of when choosing the playing XI.

The IPL starts April 18th and ends May 24th. Also the Australian-Pakistan series ends only on May 7th. The English and the West Indies will play starting May 6th and won’t be back. THis means the CSK losses fintoff around the 5th and gains Hussey after that.

So the team has to choose seven Indians in the playing XI. The automatic choices are MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, Lakshmipathy Balaji, and Manpreet Gony. We have to add two Indians to that number.

I would add Murali Vijay and Parthiv patel.

Murali Vijay played in one test against Australia and opened with Sehwag when Sachin was hurt. He impressed me very much and is a great fielder.

Parthiv Patel could wicket keep if Dhoni becomes tired. This happened last year toward the end and as a bonus is a pretty good batsmen.

With those seven Indians I would add Muttiah Muralitharan, Andrew Flintoff, Matthew Hayden, and Makhaya Ntini. Oram is hurt and rumor is he might not make it to the IPL.

So the Batting line up would be this.

Matthem Hayden

Murali Vijay

Suresh Raina

S Badrinath

MS Dhoni

Parthiv Patel

Andrew Flintoff

Manpreet Gony

L Balaji



I toyed with the idea of picking Morkel in place of Ntini, but Ntini is a better bowler and the batting line-up is quite good. This would be the best playing XI until the 6th.

When Flintoff leaves, Dhoni should pick Albie Morkel because they are both very similar players except Flintoff is a better bowler. He also might know the conditions better.

Once Hussey comes back, Dhoni can add him to the squad if he think’s the batting is weak. However Dhoni might have to drop Ntini and pick up Joginder Sharma. He played well under Dhoni in the World Twenty20.

I love the batting strength in this team because they bat till Balaji.

One weakness of this team is that the bowlers lack variety because there are four right arm fast bowlers and Murali is the only spinner. Parthiv Patel is the weak link, but may be one of the unknowns on the team can surprise us and steal his batting spot.

This is my first analysis so please give me feed back so that I can improve.