Do Chennai Super Kings have a chance?

India Cements Limited, which owns the IPL team from Chennai named it ‘Chennai Super Kings’ and unveiled a logo on February 20. Former Indian cricket captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth will be the brand ambassador of the team. “Fearless Entertainers who will play to win” is the accompanying tag that the team gets.

Tomorrow eight teams will assemble for a player auction in which over 80 international players, including 13 Australian players, will take part.

The eight teams are: Mumbai team (Mukesh Ambani), Bangalore (Vijay Mallya), Kolkata (Shah Rukh Khan), Chandigarh (Preity Zinta), Jaipur (Emerging Media), Hyderabad (Deccan Chronicle), Chennai (India Cements) and Delhi (GMR Group).

I see the name of the other owners and think that Chennai may not have that much of a chance. A question to the cricket experts, which is nearly everybody. Does the Chennai IPL team have a chance?

7 Comments so far

  1. nandhu (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 1:39 am

    clarification: the teams assemble in Mumbai, not here in the city. pls dont misunderstand. but there was a function in city to name the team.

  2. Niranjan (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 4:12 am

    By looking at the professional sports teams in USA, it does not mean that the big spending owners will bring victory easily (New York Yankees outspend everyone but they have not won as much as they have spent). So winning means being smart/professional. Hopefully the Chennai IPL SuperKings management is smart and professional and establish a distinct personality.
    Did they name "Super Kings" because the "Super Stars" were already taken?

  3. Navaneethan Santhanam (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 6:04 am

    I don’t understand what the names of the owners has to do with the success of the team.

  4. Murali (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 7:22 am

    I agree with Navaneethan, there is spending limit which is standard across the teams, given that it does not matter who owns the team, as long as the team has the right mix, everyone has the chance to win.

  5. tsk tsk (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 11:53 am

    depends on the coach and player mix. And of course, training infrastructure, which is not a problem in chennai.

    There maybe spending limits, but television ratings and endorsement is another question altogether. With Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Blore being more populous or richer cities.. it maybe first choice players looking to join IPL.

  6. Venkat (unregistered) on February 29th, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

    The team looks quite balanced and if we can rope in a few more young quicks into the team from the state squad, i think they will do it with ease…You have all the ingredients from a good opener to solid middle order to a hard hitting tail…all they have to do is perform…

  7. Badri (unregistered) on March 1st, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

    I am great fan of cricket living outside India. I watched the entire India Australia season hating the Aussies. I am in a great predicament – how on earth can I support a team which has Aussies playing?

    Are there any other readers in this predicament? Your favorite player playing for a team you can never think of supporting?

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