The Champions from India carry an ammunition store with them in terms of batting; at least Mathew Hayden does, in the form of his mongoose. But even if he fails to set the mongoose loose, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have the likes of Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina and skipper MS Dhoni to follow, who can deposit leather into the orbit.

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The illustrious detail about the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2010 Champions – the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – is that they are the most consistent team of the league that dawned with a silver spoon in its mouth in 2008. That was the year when India Cements became its franchisee paying a whopping 91 million pounds for 10 years. And since then, the team’s performance graph has managed to stay well away from the axis of disappointment.

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The showpiece ODI event – ICC World Cup – doesn’t have much territory left to reach its inaugural day and what we see is Munaf Patel getting an SOS from Dambulla to join the Indian team in wake of Ishant Sharma’s injury and Zaheer Khan’s absence. If that is the bench-strength of India 188 days from the World Cup, then Irfan Pathan is surely a pedigree apart and needs to be checked-in soon to join the Indian huddle.

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After a Test series that proved to be a harvesting season for records, India and Sri Lanka have finally settled their duffel bags in the picturesque Dambulla, where the teams have nailed in tents to stay for the duration of the ODI tournament, with New Zealand completing its triangular nature.

The culture-rich Sri Lankan city first welcomed cricket to its shores in the year 2000, after the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium – Sri Lanka’s newest – was completed in just 167 days. But since its inception, the venue has been at the heart of controversies, ranging from the lease agreement of the stadium’s site to an undue advantage to the side winning the toss.

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The best that Australia’s 2001 Test tour to India reminds us of is the unthinkable that Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman accomplished in the Kolkata Test, which the Aussies lost after enforcing a follow-on. But while Laxman helped India win the final Test at Colombo nine years later with a masterly century on Saturday, Dravid has been left to introspect what he needs to do in order to keep his place in the Test XI.

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The little master and very, very special Laxman didn’t disappoint Indian fans on day five as the pair dusted Lankan hopes of winning the series with a 2-0 margin at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Saturday.

The onus to find a way out of Suraj Randiv’s craftily knitted web rested squarely on Sachin Tendulkar and those to follow night-watchman Ishant Sharma’s foreseeable early dismissal on the final day.

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It wasn’t long ago when the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) – despite enjoying support from most quarters – was given the brush-off by the likes of Dickie Bird and Joel Garner. Invigorating the debate, Sachin Tendulkar has also thrown his weight around, opposing its implementation, and the issue has hogged the limelight once again.

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