CLT20: League leaders get set
The Champions League T20 is as much a test for a team as it is for the skipper. A look at the men, some superstars and others relatively unknown, who will look for league glory.
The Champions League T20 is as much a test for a team as it is for the skipper. A look at the men, some superstars and others relatively unknown, who will look for league glory. (Agency images)
<b>Gareth Hopkins:</b> The 34 year-old skipper of the Auckland Aces may have played just 4 Tests and 25 ODIs for New Zealand but his first class record is exceptional. A skilled wicket-keeper, his batting can also be an inspiration for his team-mates.
<b>Justin Ontong:</b> Is known as a player who can do it all. The skipper of Cape Cobras, the 31-year-old is a good batsman who can make an impact with his slow-pin as well.
<b>MS Dhoni:</b> Not much is unsaid about the Chennai Super Kings skipper who led his team to two Indian Premier League wins and a CLT20 win in the previous edition. Dhoni, however, will look to keep his national team's recent tour to England behind him.
<b>Gautam Gambhir and Jaques Kallis:</b> Gambhir may be injured and is expected to miss the qualifiers. His ability as a strong hitter of the ball is known. Kallis on the other hand, is mercy-less and is expected to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders in Gambhir's absence.
<b>Mathhew Hoggard:</b> Troubled many international batsmen during his in-form days with the national team. Has been enjoying good form for Leicestershire in recent months and will be a handful if he can combine his bowling skills with leadership qualities on sub-continent surfaces.
<b>Alfonso Thomas:</b> His experience playing for the Pune Warriors in the previous edition of the Indian Premier League will help his side. Wrecked stumps at will for Pune and will look to pace the opposition out once again, this time for Somerset.
<b>Sachin Tendulkar:</b> While it is not certain if Sachin Tendulkar will recover in time to lead the Mumbai Indians, coach Robin Singh has a back-up plan ready. Tendulkar though, is known to be passionate about the game and his fans will hope for him to take to the field.
<b>Stuart Clark:</b> He has won Australia matches on his own in the past. There is a reason therefore, that he is the skipper of the New South Wales team. Can plan and plot to get his team to rally around him and choke the opposition into submission.
<b>Daniel Vettori:</b> Needed a Gayle of a luck in the previous edition of the Indian Premier League. An inspiring leader, the Royal Challengers will look to further improve under his leadership and the young bowlers in the side will continue to learn more with each passing game.
<b>Mahela Udawatte:</b> A prolific top-order batsman, his batting can intimidate the most talented of bowlers with his willow (and perhaps his get-up at time). Leading a team of relatively known players might work for him.
<b>Michael Klinger:</b> Arrived in India and said he was confident of a win right away. He has reasons to be confident as the South Australia Redbacks have the skill and temperament to win titles. Klinger himself is stylish batsman and an able captain.
<b>Darren Ganga:</b> Trinidad and Tobago can boast of good performances in the previous edition of CLT20 and Ganga would look for a mutually benifitting tournament this time around - he scores, team wins; team wins helps him to find form.
<b>Johan Botha:</b> Another player of foreign origin who would be at home in India. Botha has played for the Rajasthan Royals and his all-round abilities will auger well for the Cape Cobras.