Tarot reader Shruti Chopra looks into her cards to give CricketCountry.com readers insights into what lies ahead in the IPL matches. In the below piece, she dwells into the Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match – the first of the two IPL games on Thursday.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai, represented by the Six of Swords, makes it evident that the team is feeling the pinch of their two loses. It's as if they are wounded soldiers in a battle and are gearing themselves to make a transition, build momentum and push on ahead in this game to emerge victors.
The Super Kings have the right frame of mind, but will it last? The problem here can be that they may not make the best decisions at times, as they will find it difficult to stick with their resolve. Their confusion, as indicated by the Seven of Cups and supported by the Five of Swords makes them a little weak. The positive is, their determination will be seen.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, as a captain, will feel like he will now have to step it up to see the team through this game, but this burden will most likely be seen in his own batting. It will be important, as suggested by the Two of Swords and the Five of Cups, that he must not go by what has happened in the recent past, otherwise he may lose balance in both of his responsibilities as a player and captain. Luckily the Temperance card shows him getting through this phase.
Ravindra Jadeja will slow down mentally, gain some stability and then do his best to pick up pace in his batting. It is a game that will give him the opportunity to mature, therefore it will be important for him and the team's cause to grab this moment.
Suresh Raina will show bouts of hope, but the pressure might just be too much for him.
Dwayne Bravo has a strong day and as explained the Two of Cups, he should be involved in an important partnership.
Albie Morkel carries strong ideas on how to play his game. If he applies these ideas, there would be some good game play from him.
Doug Bollinger is looking well planned. He wishes to dictate and dominate the batsmen more, which is looking quite likely.
Subramaniam Badrinath may have an average day, but during his batting, if he sticks around, he can reap some possible rewards.
Ravichandran Ashwin will show some potential, but it's still looking like an average day for him.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Challengers are ready to recover from the Kolkata loss. The Star and Nine of Pentacles is a good combination of a team that wishes to re-start a fresh campaign towards winning. They come into this game being wiser, understanding the importance of taking it slower. If they remain impulsive, they will make mistakes. TheTen of Swords, supported by the Queen of Wands, encourages the forecast that they will rise up and play a stable, good game.
Daniel Vettori will have all his resources at his disposal. But despite this, his captaincy will lack the authority, that extra punch that is needed. He is nervous, despite having made the right plans. As a player, he will be strong and hardworking and may even receive some bowling successes, but again the danger is that he may not see things through.
Chris Gayle is itching to go. The Knight of Pentacles suggests that he will start of stability, slowly and will mature over his innings, since he is well supported by the strong Chariot card as well at the High Priestess, which emphasises the importance of him opening up to his potential.
Zaheer Khan will continue to be strong and competitive. He will bowl well in tandem and as explained by the Eight of Wands, he will step up his fielding efforts more than he has done before.
Virat Kohli is being ruled by the Eight of Swords – he has such potential, but his current performances are very restricted. Unfortunately, it's all self-inflicted. He can't seem to break himself of out these shackles. Despite the support of the Ten of Pentacles to make runs and dominate – he is still finding it tough. He can do very well if he removes the negativity he has been harbouring.
Muttiah Muralitharan can spring up a change in the game at any time. The Death card and the Wheel of Fortuneare allowing him to dictate his own terms and conditions.
Cheteshwar Pujara may have a weak day, with small glimpses of hope of him picking up and doing respectably.
AB de Villiers is a strong fighter. He will provide stability and security to the team. His balance during the match will be well respected by his team mates.
Who has the advantage?
The cards indicate a stronger Royal Challengers Bangalore team. The last five overs of the match will be important for Bangalore to see them through, so they shouldn't get complacent considering they would've had a better overall game than Chennai Super Kings.
(London-born Shruti Chopra was introduced to cricket by her two older brothers. She spent some of her childhood time in Delhi and became an Indian cricket fan. She has remained an unflinching and passionate Indian cricket fan even after moving back to London, setting 3.00 am alarms to watch India play Test matches. It was during the 2011 World Cup that she brought together her passion for cricket with her profession of Tarot Reading, looking at the cards in the hope of spotting an India win coming through - which it did! You can know more about Shruti via Facebook, Twitter and her website)