The finishing note on my last year's blog plug after CSK won IPL 2010 was "Hoping for more success for the Lions in the forthcoming seasons too :-) Fingers Xd". Looks like it's happening and the dream is coming true and how!
Lot has been said and talked about Gayle's super powers but he went fishing when it mattered the most, the Grand Finale. But, it would be rude to put the blame on him. If there was one reason for RCB to be in the finals, it was him. They were trotting in the lower half of the Points Table before he joined the squad and then he blew everyone away by the Gayle Storm.
Back to our very own CSK, wow! Just wow! An amazing and consistent performance throughout the tournament has made sure that we won the cup for the 2nd year in a row. Mahi continues to prove that he can't do anything wrong. Quoting a tweet from a Twitter user yesterday
"Dhoni is getting on a flight and flying to Wembley to win the Champions League" only goes on to show this man's tryst with destiny.
It's as if he can turn any team into the most formidable one with his leadership qualities and a little bit of lady luck. All glory to you captain. Sincerely hoping that you never ever leave CSK! As noted by LSK, "Dhoni always receives the trophy and then disappears into the background" Could there be a better sign for a True leader?
When the victory lap was on and when I could see the distant glow of the flood lights at the stadium and hear the faint sound of the crackers from my home, I wished I was in the crowd somewhere cheering for the Team Stupendous.
Once again the yellow fellows proved that we are the 'Good boys' by winning the Fair Play award again this year.
Mr. Malinga has the Purple cap. Mr. Gayle has the Orange cap. But, we CSK have the Trophy. What else could we ask for?
And just as @Sidvee mentioned "I am waiting for the day ManU wins the league and someone says 'We want to be the Chennai Super Kings of the EPL'" Hoping that the day isn't far away.
Like last time, here are a few numbers highlighting the best teams across the IPL seasons and needless to say CSK is on the top!
No. Teams IPL '08 IPL '09 IPL '10 IPL '11 Net Avg
1 CSK 7 5 8 10 35 8.75
2 RCB 2 7 6 9 27.75 6.94
3 MI 4 2 7 8 24.25 6.06
4 DC 1 8 5 4 21.5 5.38
5 RR 8 3 2 5 21.25 5.31
6 KXIP 6 4 1 6 19.75 4.94
7 DD 5 6 4 1 19.75 4.94
8 KKR 3 1 3 7 15.75 3.94
9 KTK - - - 3 3 3.00
10 PWI - - - 2 2 2.00
The points are allocated as below:
10 pts for the Tournament Winners (8 for pre-IPL4)
9 pts for the Runners-up (7 for pre-IPL4)
8 for the loser of 2nd Qualifier or winner of 3rd place play-off (6 for pre-IPL4)
7 for the loser in Eliminator (5 for pre-IPL4)
5-1 for the rest of the teams according to their positions in Points table
The Net Worth will be the summation of points across the IPL seasons.