Deccan Chargers

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Deccan Chargers: Team Analysis:

Author: Mona Gupta


Deccan Chargers also called as DC is a franchise that represents the city of Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. They are the current holders of the IPL Trophy, winning the second season held in South Africa in 2009. From 2009, the team is led by Adam Gilchrist and coached by Darren Lehmann, both former Australian Test & One-Day Cricketers.


They finished last in the first season of the IPL, but emerged as the champions in the second by winning it.


The Deccan Chargers franchise is owned by Deccan Chronicle. The media group acquired the franchise from IPL for $107 million on January 24, 2008. Later, another media group, Group M India picked up a 20% stake in the franchise.


The team’s name reflects the association with the Deccan Chronicle newspaper, which in turn derives its name from the Deccan plateau that makes up the majority of the southern portion of the Indian peninsula.


The Chargers logo is a charging bull. From the 2009 season, the team changed the color of the jersey (from beige and black to sparkling silver and blue) and the logo (from gold and red to white and blue).


There is no Icon Player for the team as the former captain V.V.S. Laxman rejected the offer to be an icon player in order to give a chance to the younger players.


With the below-par performance in the inaugural season and finishing at the bottom, Deccan staged an inspired comeback in 2009 by winning the second IPL season. After having a undefeated run in the initial league stage, the team suffered minor setbacks by losing some close matches. But the return of Andrew Symonds, Rohit Sharma regaining form and the continuing exuberance of captain Adam Gilchrist bolstered the side. Some luck came in Deccan’s way, towards the end of the league stage, with Kings Punjab and Rajasthan Royals losing key matches, enabling the Chargers into the semi-finals. During the semi-finals against the Delhi Daredevils, who were at the top of the table, few gave the Chargers a chance of an outside win. But against the odds, Gilchrist scored 85 off 35 balls to put the Daredevils out of the competition and give the Chargers their first IPL final against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.


In the final match, Gilchrist got out for a duck in the first over, however the Chargers managed to recover and post a total of 143 for the loss of 6 wickets. Many felt that a good defending total could have been a further 20-30 runs. The Chargers came out with all guns blazing right from the first ball, and this spirited effort ensured that they successfully defended the total, winning the game by 6 runs and lifting the prized IPL trophy.


Awards Won By Deccan Charger Players:


Player of the Tournament 2009: Adam Gilchrist: 495 Runs and 15 dismissals
Under-23 Success of the Tournament 2009: Rohit Sharma: 362 runs and 11 wickets.
Purple Cap 2009: RP Singh: 23 Wickets


Players’ Profile:


Adam Gilchrist:

The former Australia stumper is the first superstar wicketkeeper. He has been ruthless with the bat and unrelenting with the keeping gloves. Murdering the opposition bowlers is his only agenda, be it Tests, ODI or Twenty20 matches.
Major teams: Australia, Deccan Chargers, ICC World XI, New South Wales, Western Australia
Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak
T20 Record: 48 Matches 1397 runs, 109* high score, and 36 catches


Herschelle Gibbs:


Admitting that a Test debut in front of 70,000 at Eden Gardens wasn’t as nerve-wracking as sitting his final exams, as well as the fact that he reads little outside of magazines and comics, contributed to a reputation for simplicity. In fact, Gibbs can be a warm and generous person. His passion for one-liners and verbal jousting continues to hamper his advancement as a serious professional, and his brush with career death in the Cronje match-fixing scandal added to the impression of a man who had failed to grasp the magnitude of his impact on the nation’s youth. A life-skills programme with the former Springbok rugby legend Morne du Plessis during the 2001 off-season was designed to address the matter


Major teams: South Africa, Cape Cobras, Deccan Chargers, Glamorgan, Western Province
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm bowler
T20 Record: 75 Matches 1716 runs, 98 high score and 37catches


Harmeet Singh:


Harmeet Singh was born in Rajasthan, and had played only two List A matches when Deccan Chargers picked him for their campaign in IPL 2009. There is nothing spectacular about his right-arm medium-pace bowling, and his figures after his first season in the IPL suggested so: three wickets in seven matches and an economy rate of 8.40. But by being aware of his limitations, he extended himself and eventually his bowling was a crucial factor in the semi-final and the final. His seven overs in those two matches went for 38 runs and got him two wickets, and a running catch from him proved to be the decisive turning point in the final that his team won.


Major teams: Deccan Chargers, Punjab
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
T20s Record: 8 Matches and 3 wkts


Anirudh Singh:


Major teams: Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad (India), Hyderabad Heroes
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
T20s Record: 6 Matches 18 runs and 3 catches


Ryan Harris:


Ryan Harris was elevated to national duty in 2008-09 when called for an ODI against South Africa in Hobart. He returned 1 for 54 in a useful welcome, but was not required for any more action even though he stayed with the squad. In his first season for Queensland he delivered with the ball, finishing with 33 victims at 26.48 before breaking his foot stopping a drive late in the season. Harris, who was also effective in the limited-overs formats, recovered to play for Deccan Chargers in the IPL and the Bulls will look for more from him in 2009-10.


Major teams: Australia, Deccan Chargers, Queensland, South Australia, Surrey, Sussex, Yorkshire
Playing role: All-rounder
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium
T20s Record: 29 Matches 101 runs, 7 catches and 35 wickets


VVS Laxman:

His on-side game is comparable to his idol Azharuddin’s, yet he is decidedly more assured on the off side and has the rare gift of being able to hit the same ball to either side. The Australians, who have suffered more than most, paid the highest compliment after India’s 2003-04 tour Down Under by admitting they did not know where to bowl to him. Laxman, a one-time medical student, finally showed signs of coming to terms with his considerable gifts in March 2001, as he tormented Steve Waugh’s thought-to-be-invincible Australians with a majestic 281 to stand the Kolkata Test on its head.

Major teams: India, Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad (India), Lancashire
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak
T20s Record: 19 Matches 427 runs, 78* high score and 2 catches


Mitchell Marsh:

Marsh enjoyed his first taste of state cricket in 2008-09 at the age of 17. It made him the youngest man ever to play in Australia’s domestic one-day competition and he was also Western Australia’s youngest debutant for more than 70 years. His debut came a week after made 208 for Fremantle, breaking the club record for the highest score


Major teams: Deccan Chargers, Fremantle, Western Australia, Western Australia Second XI, Western Australia Under-19s
Playing role: Higher middle order batsman
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
T20s Record: 3 Matches 24 runs, 5 catches and 4 wkts


Pragyan Ojha:

Probably the frontrunner among India’s upcoming left-arm spinners, Pragyan Ojha has converted the promise he showed at age-group levels to first-class level too. For good measure, he improved markedly in his second season, ending up among the top 10 bowlers by the end of the league stage of the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy, with 29 wickets at 19.89 in six games for Hyderabad. Consistent performances on a twin tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya earned him another shot with India A, against South Africa at home, and he took eight wickets in an innings victory in Delhi
Major teams: India, Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad (India), India A, India Red, India Under-19s
Playing role: Bowler
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox
T20s Record: 42 Matches 14 catches and 52 wkts


Ravi Teja:


An opening batsman, Ravi Teja was a regular in the Indian Under-19 setup before enjoying a prolific second Ranji season with Hyderabad, when he topped the run charts with 653 runs at an average of close to 60. That pushed his selection for the Deccan Chargers in the inaugural IPL and a fringe Indian squad for a short tour of Israel.


Major teams: Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad (India), India Under-19s
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Legbreak googly
T20S Record: 20 Matches 242 runs, 40 high score and 7 catches


Kemar Roach:


A right-arm fast bowler, Kemar Roach was part of the Barbados and West Indies Under-19 teams before being called-up to West Indies’ third Test squad against Australia in his hometown. He was originally slated to play in the Lancashire league in England at around the same time as a professional but was ineligible as he had only played four first-class games, one short of the required number.


Major teams: West Indies, Barbados, Deccan Chargers, University of West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI, West Indies Under-19s
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm fast
T20s Record: 5 Matches and 2 wkts


Rohit Sharma:


Rohit Sharma oozes batting talent: malleable wrists, knack to find the gaps, and the extra half a second when he plays his shots. He first came to limelight when he exuded class at No. 3 in the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2006. He took that class with him when he played for India in their triumphant World Twenty20 campaign and the CB Series in Australia in early 2008, scoring two fifties, including a vital 66 in the first final in Sydney.


Major teams: India, Deccan Chargers, India A, India Green, India Under-19s, Mumbai, Mumbai Cricket Association President’s XI, Mumbai Under-19s
Playing role: All-rounder
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak
T20s Record: 60 Matches 1477 runs, 101* high score and 26 wkts


R P Singh:

Rudra Pratap Singh first made the headlines in the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2004, taking eight wickets at 24.75 apiece and bowling well in the slog overs at the end of the innings. Later that year he joined the conveyor belt of Indian left-arm seamers, taking 34 wickets in six Ranji Trophy games for Uttar Pradesh, the joint-highest for the summer. He made the national one-day squad at the end of 2005

Major teams: India, Deccan Chargers, India A, India Under-19s, Leicestershire, Rajasthan Cricket Association President’s XI, Uttar Pradesh
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Left-arm fast-medium
T20s Record: 51 Matches 20 catches and 64 wkts


Dwayne Smith:


In December 2003, he was called up to join the West Indian Test squad in South Africa, he was arguably as well known in cricket circles as either of them. All that changed, however, on the final day of the third Test at Newlands, where he brought the calypso back to Caribbean cricket with a wonderful debut century. Smith had been given a surprise opportunity – ahead of his Grenadian namesake Devon – when Marlon Samuels flew home with a knee injury. It was rumoured that Viv Richards had recognised something of himself in the stance of the young Barbadian and, sure enough, he needed just 93 balls to justify his selection, bringing up his hundred with a crashing cover-drive.


Major teams: West Indies, Barbados, Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians, New South Wales, Sussex
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
T20s Record: 54 Matches 932 runs 72* high score and 45 wkts


Tirumalsetti Suman:


Tirumalsetti Suman is an opening batsman from Hyderabad who came up through the age groups and into his state’s Ranji team. An aggressive batsman, Suman has been playing at junior level consistently from the age of 13. After captaining Hyderabad Under-16s he came into the Ranji probables in 2001, and in the same year made himself noticed with good scores against England U-19s and a run of aggressive centuries. Predominantly a front foot player, Suman’s batting hero is the Australian Damien Martyn. Suman made his first-class debut in 2003-04 and has been in and out of the Hyderabad team. Given an opportunity in the 2009 IPL in South Africa, Suman has been consistent if not spectacular, helping Deccan Chargers with cameos at the top and breaking partnerships with his tidy offspin.


Major teams: Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad (India)
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak
T20 Record: 21 Matches 359 runs, 42 high score and 11 wkts


Andrew Symonds:


Andrew Symonds brings gusto to whatever he does, whether firing down offbreaks or mediums, hurling his ungainly bulk round the field or vigorously ruffling the bowler’s hair at the celebration of a wicket. He saves his loudest grunt for his batting, where he is that rarest of modern-day creatures – an unabashed six-hitter in the mould of a George Bonnor or a Colin Milburn or a David Hookes. Batting for Gloucestershire at 20, he scythed 16 sixes in the first dig [a world record] against Glamorgan at Abergavenny, 20 for the match [another first], and then announced he couldn’t care less about the milestone.


Major teams: Australia, Deccan Chargers, Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, Queensland
Playing role: All-rounder
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak
T20s Record: 50 Matches 1396 runs, 117* high and 30 wkts


Chaminda Vaas:


Chaminda Vaas is easily the most penetrative and successful new-ball bowler Sri Lanka have had, and he has served his country well. He swings and seams the ball with skill, his trademark delivery being the late indipper. However, he also bowls a carefully disguised offcutter, and has recently added reverse-swing to his armoury, a skill that has made him a consistent wicket-taker even on bland subcontinental pitches.


Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Basnahira North, Colts Cricket Club, Deccan Chargers, Hampshire, Middlesex, Worcestershire
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Bowling style: Left-arm fast-medium
T20 Record: 25 Matches 196 runs, and 30 wkts


Venugopal Rao:


Those who have seen him on the telly can say Venugopal Rao has done nothing to shatter the earth. But ask Matt Prior, Simon Jones, and Sajid Mahmood, and they will tell you 500 is not a safe target in the fourth innings of a four-day match when Venugopal is around. Two days before his 22nd birthday, he shot into national contention with an unbeaten 228 for South Zone to help them chase down England A’s target of 501, the fourth-highest successful first-class chase.

Major teams: India, Andhra, Deccan Chargers, India A, Indian Board President’s XI, Rajasthan Cricket Association President’s XI
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak
T20 Record: 37 Matches 553 runs, 71* high score and 8 wkts


Arjun Yadav:

Built tall and strong like his more famous father Shivlal, Arjun Yadav is a right-hand batsman and offspinner of moderate ability. Strong performances in age-group cricket pitchforked him into selection for the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka back in 1999-2000, but he did not play a single match in a tournament India won. Since then he has been a fairly regular fixture in the Hyderabad team, and has been picked for Zonal and India A squads, but his performances with bat and ball in both first-class and one-day cricket have not fulfilled the early promise.

Major teams: Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad (India), India Blue
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak
T20s Record: 12 Matches 71 runs and 1 catch



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