New Delhi: So now it's business time once again! IPL players' auction is around the corner and just like other teams, Deccan Chargers, too, are rolling their sleeves up to battle in the players' market after deciding not to retain any of their current players, including the big-hitting Adam Gilchirst.
Gilchrist, one of the best in the 'cricketing business', took the team's reins from VVS Laxman after the side had a disastrous inaugural season where it finished at the bottom of the points table. The swashbuckling Aussie not only brought immediate results in the next edition, but also enthused the spirit that was missing in the first season.
Though touted as underdogs in the 2009 event, which was shifted to South Africa, Gilchrist, with good support from his former Aussie teammate Andrew Symonds and other Indian players, took everyone by surprise by clinching the cash-rich event.
Deccan Chargers won the second edition of IPL which was played in South Africa.
It's already in the air that the new entrant, Pune Warriors, could take the services of the 38-year-old as he has got the perfect credence to lead the side. And with good players, decent support staff and owner's backing, he could definitely get the Sahara group-owned side off to a flier.
There is also a strong possibility that Kolkata Knight Riders could rope in the experienced player as Shah Rukh Khan and other co-owners are looking for a breath of fresh air, especially after the disappointment of the first three seasons, where it performed much below everyone's expectations.
VVS Laxman, who has increased his base price from $ 200,000 to $ 400,000, may become a tricky pick, as he is not known to play the big shots that the ultra-limited form of the game demands. The stylish Hyderabadi, though, has been on a roll, playing vital innings and scoring tons of runs in the Test arena. But still many find him slow for the fast-pace cricket. And his ground fielding, except standing in slips, has always put a question mark over his capacities in one-day cricket.
Warne's teammates in Rajasthan, Shane Watson and Yusuf Pathan, could also be the lucky one if being selected for the Chargers. Same holds true for Kings XI Punjab's Sri Lankan veterans, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. The two Sri Lankans are looking certain to leave the Mohali side, especially after the dreadful outing they had in the last three years.
So the stage is set and the players are ready to be under the hammer and now everything depends on how quickly Deccan charges itself up to make a move in the players' auction.