• There have been instances in the past when the Indian
    cricket captain has been the total, complete and absolute leader, the
    undisputed master of all he surveyed. The cases of Ajit Wadekar in the early
    70s, Sunil Gavaskar in the late 70s and early 80s, Md Azharuddin in the early
    and mid 90s and Sourav Ganguly in the early years of the new millennium come
    immediately to mind. But no one has been in a more undisputed position than the
    present incumbent.

     

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni can do no wrong. He can walk on water
    or climb Mount Everest without oxygen. The cynics might still say he is lucky
    and that he has too many things in his favour. But then don't all successful
    captains have more than their share of good fortune? And after all did not
    Richie Benaud one of the greatest of all leaders point out that captaincy is
    ten percent skill and ninety per cent luck? Without that all-important element
    of good fortune even the shrewdest captains have seen their grandiose plans and
    elaborate

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  • AC Gilchrist became the first captain-cum-wicket keeper who has also opened the batting in fifty T20 games. This game was his 50th in this capacity.

    AC Thomas took his T20 aggregate wickets to 114 with his two wickets in this game. He now stands second in the list of most wicket takers in T20 games. DP Nannes with his 133 wickets occupies the first position. The complete list of bowlers who have captured 100 plus wickets in T20 games read thus – DP Nannes {133} : AC Thomas {114} : JA Morkel {113} : Yasir Arafat {112} and AJ Hall {101}.

    GC Smith was dismissed by the first ball in this game providing the 31st occasion of an opening batsman collecting the first ball duck in IPL.

    AC Gilchrist became the first wicket keeper in T20 games to pouch 50 catches. His two catches in this game gave this distinction.

    AC Gilchrist's aggregate of IPL dismissals stands at 40 with his two catches in this game and he became the first wicket keeper to effect 40 plus dismissals in IPL.

    RV Uthappa with his

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  • SL Malinga captured five for 13 in this game providing the fifth occasion of a bowler capturing five or more wickets in IPL. The other occasions are – 6 for 14 by Sohail Tanvir of Jaipur vs Chennai at Jaipur on 04.05.08: 5 for 24 by L Balaji of Chennai vs Punjab at Chennai on 10.05.08:  5 for 15 by A Mishra of Delhi vs Hyderabad at Delhi on 15.05.08 and 5 for 05 by A Kumble of Bangalore vs Jaipur at Cape Town on 18.04.09.

    SL Malinga registered his IPL career best with his 5 for 13 in this game. His previous best was 4 for 22 for Mumbai vs Punjab at Mum-BS on 30.03.10.

    SL Malinga became the fifth bowler in IPL to capture four or more wickets on two or more occasions. Others are – A Kumble of Bangalore {03}: L Balaji of Chennai {02}: SB Jakati of Chennai {02} and Sohail Tanvir of Jaipur {02}.

    SL Malinga's 5 for 13 in this game provide the 30th occasion of a bowler capturing four or more wickets in IPL. At the end of this game SL Malinga’s T20 wicket aggregate stood at 89 and IPL wicket

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