Royals, Super Kings hold edge in CL T20: Gibbs

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Herschelle Gibbs said barring miracles, either Rajasthan Royals or Chennai Super Kings would clinch next month's Champions League T20.

Updated: November 24, 2008 15:01 IST
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New Delhi:

All set to begin a new innings as a commentator, maverick South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs said barring miracles, either Rajasthan Royals or Chennai Super Kings would clinch next month's Champions League Twenty20.

Gibbs, who represented Deccan Chargers in the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL), said each of the eight teams would do whatever it takes to win the title but in the end, home advantage might tilt the scale in favour of the two Indian outfits.

"It's very difficult to predict the winners, for there are quite a few teams which look really formidable. But I think the Indian teams would have a great advantage because they would be playing in familiar conditions," Gibbs saidfrom Cape Town.

"For teams from Australia or South Africa, they would be playing in foreign conditions whereas Rajasthan and Chennai will have better knowledge of things in the middle," he explained.

Though his IPL franchise could not make the cut for the League, Gibbs would be there, swapping the willow for microphone.

"Well, I'm looking forward to it. I got another 10-11 days to prepare," said Gibbs, who would be part of the ESPN-STAR Sports commentary panel during the League.

Asked if he was preparing for the new role just like he, as a player, would prepare for a match, Gibbs said, "Of course. I have played against some players who are commentators now. Besides, I'm banking on my knowledge of the game to stand me in good stead."

On whether it will be a dress rehearsal for a full-time commentary job once he quits the game, Gibbs said he had not made up his mind yet.

"I'm not sure. I have my eyes on the next World Cup and I would love to play the next few years. After that, I might do it, I might not," Gibbs said.

The Proteas batsman, however, made it clear that he would have been happier to take part in the Champions League as a player and not as a commentator.

"For sure, I would have loved to be there as a player. I love playing in India where people love cricket so much. I have good knowledge of the conditions there and I would have loved to go and play in the Champions League," he said.

Looking back at IPL, Gibbs said it was a huge success. Asked if Champions League can replicate the same success as that of the IPL, he said, "It may prove equally successful. You never know what can happen. You never know, maybe Champions League would prove even a bigger success."

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