It was a shock, I must admit. Deccan Chargers' bowling restricting the powerful Knight Riders to just 101, R.P. Singh taking McCullum's wicket on the first ball of his first over, and the smashing hits of Rohit Sharma and Herschelle Gibbs... some things I had wished for last year like a birthday kid wishes for that shiny new train set or a college kid wishes for the latest model motorcycle. Alas, they were out of my reach, out of my range, until this season.
The Chargers were smashing (pun definitely intended) in their debut against KKR in IPL 2009. Under the captaincy of Adam Gilchrist, this time from the start of the season, DC took the opportunity to capture centre-stage and prove to the cricketing fraternity that they were not to be evaluated on some poor performances last year. This year, they plan to fight like dogs until the very end, which I am sure will feature the Chargers in the limelight.
Underdogs, say some. It is the Underdog Syndrome which causes those who did poorly in the previous season to make a dynamic debut. Others, those who can see it for what it is, call it talent. You have two of the most hard-hitting batsmen in Sharma and Gibbs (who makes a fine fielder as well); the spin attack comes from Hyderabadi prodigy Pragyan Ojha; the speed lies in the form of R.P. Singh, arguably India's best bowler; and your pace comes from all-rounder Scott Styris, Windian wizard Fidel Edwards, and Punjab's Harmeet Singh. Top this sundae off with a cherry known as Gilchrist, one of the best captains I have ever seen lead a team and damn good wicketkeeper at that.
Shocked, yes. In a good way. Looks like this surge of electricity is out to paralyze all but the most infallible of IPL teams.