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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.

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Deccan Chargers Supporter
Comment by Mustafa on May 21, 2009 at 17:18
Deccan Chargers really had a best fighting spirit...all the matches they played gives hard time to the opponents..the players gives their best to the team especially Rohit Sharma...they deserve the IPL Trophy

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Comment by rohit pratap singh rajput on May 21, 2009 at 15:47
gilly is main centre of deccan performance

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Comment by RAJMOULI BHUMACHARY on May 19, 2009 at 18:17
Team can win on their performance, not by luck. Go on DC, you will bring the trophy for Hyderabad. Try your best.

Deccan Chargers Supporter
Comment by atchut kumar mylavarapu on May 19, 2009 at 12:07
looking at our DC's recent losses i feel capt. Gilly has to slightly cut down on his aggression at the top as after him the middle order is not playing to plan, except Rohit who is burdened with a task of scoring high runs in the last couple of overs, which can be avoided with a little bit of thinking in the middle by the other players. i pray for the team to get into the semis and then to the final and end up with the cup.

Deccan Chargers Supporter
Comment by Gudfella..wil b back on 25th Aug on May 18, 2009 at 12:11
Chargers have been great..the lost matches but they were all close games..and this is the only team i can see win against any competition...

Deccan Chargers Supporter
Comment by naazneen on May 18, 2009 at 8:54
Yes! DC is the best team in IPL, n they're proving themself in each match. They're giving a very tough match to each n every team either they win or loss; they are simply best.

Chennai Super Kings Supporter
Comment by nikhil pratap on May 17, 2009 at 20:34
deccan dost have a good local playes like delhi,punjab,rajasthan .....

Deccan Chargers Supporter
Comment by jack dawson on May 15, 2009 at 17:02

Deccan Chargers Supporter
Comment by irfan on May 15, 2009 at 15:58
I see that international players are performing very well. This is very sad that I could see hardly indian players are performing. I really have no idea how players like V.Rao, Maqsoosi, Harmeet singh are being allowed to play, neither they bowl nor they bat. We have many players who can play better than them. I see no talent in them even Galli Cricket (cricket played in slum areas) Players are better than them. All Deccan Chargers team management need to do is come out of AC Rooms and look for real talent in towns and vicinity areas of the city. Only HGibbs, Gilchrist, Smith, Edwards, Rohit sharma, P ojha, RP Sing, T Suman and Teja can efford to play very well.
Everyone in Deccan Chargers are trying to hit 4s and 6s even at the time when they can win matches by taking 1s and 2s

Deccan Chargers Supporter
Comment by Sayan Malhotra on May 14, 2009 at 0:36
Sooner than later,Deccan Chargers will be lifting IPL-09 cup.

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