‘Kings’ Set For Bigger Battle

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It is a big moment. We are playing for the last time as a unit. We know some players will no longer be with us after the IPL auction. It is an emotional moment - MS Dhoni

Indian Premier League champions - the deserving Chennai Super Kings lifted the Champions League Twenty20 trophy in Johannesburg. They clearly saved their best for the semi-finals and the finals to show who the 'King' is. Among the three IPL teams at the Champions League, Chennai with help from seniors like Fleming, Hayden, Muralitharan and Hussey continued their winning spree with Dhoni's luck getting along.

Youngsters in the company of men grabbed almost all the prizes to be taken. Vijay took the Golden Bat for scoring most number of runs. Ashwin got the Golden Wickets for the most number of scalps and was also adjudged Man of the Series.

I would also like to congratulate Warriors for making it to the finals and especially their skipper Davy Jacobs for his spirited leadership. The man of few and straight words went to congratulate Murali Vijay as soon as he surpassed him for the Golden Bat. What a man! With limited resources and a not-so-rich club, the Warriors relied too much on their skipper for runs. The Super Kings knew this all along. They got Jacobs early and the job was half done.

We are in the process of building a legacy for cricket in the region, said a modest Jacobs after losing in the final.

Chennai on the other hand proved too good and smart for the South African team. With players like Hayden on the bench, they were the most balanced side. They looked happy with the success of the team and never complained - as said Dhoni.

Trophy man Dhoni - arguably the best captain of all formats of the game now faces a sterner test when India take on Australia in the first Test at Mohali. The conditions will be utterly different from those in South Africa and the men from Down Under will be eager to exploit that. However, most of the players in the squad started preparing for the series and the missing ones included Dhoni, Raina and Vijay.

Marcus North, Simon Katich and Shane Watson already warmed up with flourishing centuries against the Indian Board President's XI.

India would be more than happy to have their hunting man Zaheer back after a long injury lay-off. Bhajji has always been a thorn in the sides of the Australians. The combo of Zak and Bhajji is something that Aussies don't relish - especially after the 2001 tour of India.

The series will be a tough battle and Dhoni would like to paint it Blue after painting it Yellow in South Africa.