Depleted Rajasthan Royals will take on Deccan Chargers at Uppal stadium in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has poor record at home ground while Rajasthan is struggling due to financial problems. Both teams are looking strong in bowling department. Both IPL squads have very good leaders – Shane Warne and Kumara Sangakakra. Unavailability of Shane Watson (best all-rounder in IPL) is a big blow to Rajasthan Royals.
Match time: 4 PM on April 9
Stadium: Uppal stadium in Secunderabad.
Deccan Chargers management always struggled to pick up right players during the auction. They spend too much on 2-3 foreign stars and forget about Indian players. They are once again fielding an average team in IPL. But, it has 2-3 stars who can singlehandedly win the games. They are looking strong in bowling department just like Rajasthan Royals but their batting fotunes depend on Kumara Sangakkara and JP Duminy. We have to see how Ishant Sharma performs – Indian cricket badly needs him.
Probable squad: Kumara Sangakkara (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Raviteja, JP Duminy, Bharat Chipli, Daniel Christian, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra.
Rajasthan is in trouble. Shane Watson is not available while it lost Paul Collingwood to injury. Deepak Chahr had wonderful Ranji season and can make it to Indian team if he performs well in IPL 4. But, Royals have good bowling line-up and many unknown utility players. Ross Taylor is also a dangerous player. Hyderabad is also one of the weak teams in IPL. So, they can still fancy their chances against chargers. Never underestimate players like Rahul Dravid. Jaques Kallis has shown us on yesterday.
Probable squad: Shane Warne (Captain), Akash Chopra, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Johan Botha, Abhishek Raut, Shaun Tait, Deepak Chahar, Pankaj Singh.
IPL 4 prediction: Deccan Chargers have slight edge against Rajasthan Royals. But, Hyderabad Ranji team scored lowest score against Rajasthan Ranji team in 2010-11 Ranji trophy. Can Deepak Chahar repeat history?
2 questions on yesterday’s match:
1. Why Dhoni plays so passionately for Chennai Super Kings than for India?
2. Why Gautam Gambhir became the ”Worst captain in IPL”? What happened to his leadership skills?