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112 Chennai Super Kings’ total was their lowest all-out score at the home ground (Chennai). In fact, this was the first time CSK were bowled out at Chennai.
100 Percent – Harbhajan’s win record with the toss; four out of four. However, this was his first win as captain in the IPL.
84 Percent of Levi’s runs came in boundaries alone – six fours and three sixes. Only two batsmen have managed a better boundary percentage in an innings of 50 or more – Sanath Jayasuriya for Mumbai Indians (89.47%, 102 out of 114* at Wankhede in 2008) and Sunny Sohal for Deccan Chargers (85.71%, 48 of 56 at Chennai in 2011).
3 Number of batsmen who got run out in Chennai Super Kings’ innings. This was only the second instance where CSK lost three wickets to run outs. The only other such instance was against Delhi Daredevils at Durban in 2009.
2 Richard Levi became the second Mumbai Indian batsman to score a fifty on IPL debut after Ambati Rayudu who made 55 v Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai Braborune in 2010.
2 Number of times Sachin Tendulkar has retired hurt in an IPL game. Interestingly, the only other such instance was also against Chennai Super Kings at Chennai in 2010. Tendulkar came back to resume his innings on that occasion, though.
The Chennai Super Kings began their title defense in DLF IPL 2012 on an inauspicious note by losing the first match to the Mumbai Indians. The defeat was rather heavy, as the hosts were walloped by eight wickets. Known to be invincible in their backyard, the Super Kings seem to have been robbed of their home field advantage with the newly laid Chepauk track. But the two-time IPL champions, who have mastered the art of peaking at the right time, know better than to panic after one loss.
The exact sentiments came through from CSK all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who spoke to iplt20.com after the match. The West Indies dasher scored a run-a-ball 19 and chipped in with figures of 1 for 14 in three overs with the ball. He was optimistic of the team bouncing back in the tournament and spoke about the role of all-rounders in the Twenty20 format.
Not a good start to the tournament; playing at home and yet on a losing side. What are your thoughts on that?
Yeah, not a good start but it’s good to get our first game out of the way and get a feel of it. It’s a new season, new wicket so we’ve just got to concentrate. It’s a long tournament so no need to panic. Just happy to get the tournament started and get an opportunity to learn from our mistakes. Hopefully, we will see a big improvement in our next game.
For a team like CSK that is so used to winning, how difficult is it to cope with home losses?
If you look at the surface, it’s been defensive compared to last two seasons when our team used to do well at home. So we have to adapt to the playing conditions. Also, remember that it’s not really a home team; it’s a franchise team and a lot of players are not from Chennai and they have to get used to playing in Chennai. We will take time and we will adjust ourselves. As I said, it’s the early days in the tournament and good to lose upfront so that we learn from our mistakes and get the momentum later down the tournament. Our first aim is to get in the top four. Being an all-rounder you have batted as well as bowled on this track. What do you make of this track? Is it very similar to one in the CLT20? This one is bit two-paced. This is the first game, so it’s bit fresh and you don’t know what a good total here is. I guess, as the tournament progresses, it will become flatter and better for batting.
CSK has a lot of all-rounders – you, Albie Morkel and now you have Ravindra Jadeja. Does that make you one of the most balanced teams in the IPL?
In this format all-rounders do count. If you have someone like Jadeja, who is a class all-rounder and batting at no 8, that really shows the depth in our batting and balance in our team. It’s good to have such depth and on the given day either one can win you the game. It’s a great team to be in. I really enjoy being in CSK.
Who is your favorite all-rounder in the IPL?
Jacques Kallis is my favorite all rounder, not only in the IPL but in international cricket as well. He is one player who I look up to and try to play like. I’m nowhere near his class but I try to learn as much as I can from him and the others. I try to watch their game and develop my game. I have respect for all of them as I know an all-rounder’s job is very hard. There is also Andre Russell from the West Indies, who will feature in the IPL for the first time [as part of the Pune Warriors India]. I hope he puts up a good show and show the world what a special player he is.
Who is a better finisher, you or Albie Morkel?
I can’t answer that [laughs]. It’s good to know that both of us can finish games and I hope we can do it more often. We are players with different styles and I am happy that I am in his team, and I am sure he is also happy to have me in his team. Now, both of us have an opportunity to lead the CSK to the title.