Saturday, March 13, 2010

The real kings of Chennai

The amount of interest generated by cricket in Chennai is phenomenal. But you cannot call them cricket crazy, for they are the connoisseurs of the finest calibre. The abundant knowledge an average Chennaite possesses and his ability to understand and enjoy the finest nuances of the game separates him from the rest of the milling crowd who throng to watch a game of cricket.

It is often said that 'winners have several god-fathers but the losers are just but orphans'. Tamil Nadu is proud to posses two winning outfits. One is their state team and the other proud possession is the Chennai outfit of the Indian T20 championship. The former lost out at a strategic point, after promising a lot, in the Ranji Trophy but came out with flying colours in the Subbiah Pillai and Vijay Hazare trophy. Dheodhar trophy may be yet another fine feather in their illustrious cap. The latter came so near to winning the Indian T20 championship trophy but were not lucky enough. But this year it may be a different story altogether, if one were to go by the form of the players concerned.

At least four players -- Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, Badrinath and Ashwin -- have put Tamil Nadu on the cricket map of India by finding a place in the national team. With two stalwarts -- BCCI Secretary Srinivasan and Chairman of Selectors Srikanth -- at the helm of affairs in Indian cricket, the people of Tamil Nadu are also looking forward to the glorious day on which the Indian T20 championship trophy will also find its way to the state.

Coach Stephen Fleming will spare no effort to remove the rough edges and sharpen the tools to the finest level. Battle scarred Mathew Hayden is arriving in the city fighting fit for a battle royal. With winning captain Dhoni out to prove yet another point of his captaincy prowess, one is in for treat par excellence.

Chepauk stadium, the home of the Chennai team, is being renovated. By the time the tournament starts one stand may be without a roof but Chennai people expect that the team will shroud it with their glorious victory.

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