Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: In the second qualifier of the India Premier League`s 7th edition, the most successful team in the history of the tournament, Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with the most consistent team of this edition, Kings XI Punjab, later in the day at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Both the teams have one of the best leaders at their disposal. If CSK have the world`s most well known skipper in MS Dhoni, then George Bailey too has impressed many with his captaincy skills, especially in this edition of the League.
Both of them back their players and lead their respective sides from the front. As a skipper, Dhoni has proved his mettle ample number of times. Under his captaincy, CSK have reached the IPL finals five times and on two occasions they went on to lift the trophy.
Unlike the previous editions, Dhoni-led CSK have shown consistency from the beginning of the tournament rather than getting the momentum mid-way. Chennai`s batting line-up has been the key so far for their sublime form this season, and they would be keen on reaching the final of the tournament for the sixth time.
On the other hand, under the Australian skipper Bailey, KXIP have emerged as the best team of the season so far. Bailey`s ability to keep himself calm and composed at any given situation makes him a good leader.
His most applauded move this season was to promote the murderous Glenn Maxwell up the order. The dangerous hitter of the cricket ball, proved the decision right, at least in the initial stages of the game.
On a few occasions, Bailey also led his side to victory with the help of his whirlwind cameos. In fact, the way he used his seamers be it Mitchell Johnson or Sandeep Sharma, or even all-rounder Akshar Patel, for that matter, speak volumes about the Aussie.
In today`s match it would be interesting to watch whether Bailey takes his team to its first IPL final or Dhoni leads CSK to their sixth final in seven editions.