It Rained Raina! IS This The Turning Point For CSK?

Krishna KumarContributor IApril 30, 2009

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 20:  Suresh Raina of Chennai hits out during IPL T20 match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at St Georges Cricket Ground on April 20, 2009 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

I said it!

Now am curious to see what the CSK have in store. It's been like Federer going up against Nadal or Murray for a while every time CSK went up against Royals. 3-0! I mean, for a team that has the superstar heavyweight line-up in every department virtually, they were losing it.

And yesterday, with Raina's effort, CSK seems to have turned a bend. Or  have they? And what a pity... a travesty too, it was, to see the scoreboard goof up and the premature celebrations and Raina getting consequently disturbed and OUT before what was a deserved TON!

Are there no referrals for these goof-ups? My heart really went out as Raina got out at 98. At "NINETY EIGHT", could you believe it? But, the brave heart that Raina is, he bowled and took wickets, caught splendidly and effecteda run-out too.

A richer deserved Man of the Match I am yet to witness in my 35 years of watching cricket... perhaps this side of Greg Matthews' legendary performance in that TIED TEST at CHEPAUK way back in the 90s.

All said and done, CSK can go proudly into their next match, looking forward to being up there at 4 or 5 largely because what the net run rate may do if KKR shocks MI tonight.

On the sundry side, I am starting to adore IPL - 2 for what they are doing to schools in South Africa. One Hundred Thousand Rand financial contribution to a school a day, that's lovely and redeeming after all the Mephisto-Faust job with the hammer and the auction.

I was deeply touched last night when the Principal of the recipient school said that they would strive to use the money as constructively as possible. I love your honesty, Sir!

We do hope IPL-3 goes to some other developing country where cricket as well as social and civic work can come together for a better world in these times of uncertainty.