Chennai are a side with problems in their batting and bowling while Mumbai look to have found their form in spite of Harbhajan Singh.
If the teams play out to their form and ability they have shown in the last five weeks or so, and Deccan Chargers and Pune Warriors seem determined to stick to their role of punching bags, the chances CSK can make the playoff stage are pretty remote.
He is poor in his primary role as bowler, poor as a captain and absolutely terrible in his conduct on the field.
With a great fan following, the Sourav Ganguly-led players will find it hard to not turn up and deliver the goods on match-days.
Stephen Flemings twitches, Virat Kohli’s horror and the weird thing Jadeja did when he hit the winning boundary -- it was all real, unadulterated by the stink of money and glitz.
Even without mentioning the upside of having a certain BCCI honcho who also is the owner of the franchise, CSK look quite the formidable unit.
The last year of following Indian cricket has left one craving for the simple hit and giggle joys of the IPL with its usual mix of incompetence, shameless plugging, white-skin-festand pompous egomania on the part of the owners.
And we know how that turned out in the Asia Cup don't we. But on the whole Deccan Chargers will struggle says our fan blogger Ant Sims.
Our fan blogger, a Mumbaikar with a special affinity towards Hyderabad, gives an account of why he's going to root for the Deccan Chargers this IPL season.