Not unduly depressed by the performance of their side, their most raucous cheers are invariably reserved for feats, minor and major, by the home side’s players.
Promotional material, be it stickers on car doors, wall-papers on mobile phones, caps or T-shirts, the raging red-eyed bull is still quite visible, evidence of pride fans still take in their side.
Sick jokes of Deccan being discharged continue to do the rounds, but the queues to gain entry to the arena reveal a loyalty hard to displace.
That their star-studded side ended up being the proverbial paper tiger doesn’t deter the followers.
“It’s not what we set out to do,” said skipper Adam Gilchrist after the latest defeat at the hands of the Royal Challengers on Sunday night and looking back at the long line of losses. The two wins that his men could muster along the way, appeared to be distant memories.
An integral part of an Australian team quite alien to losing, the swashbuckling opener seemed resigned to his fate of being saddled with a side struggling to snatch a win.
To cement a place in the semifinals will be Super Kings’ avowed objective. The confidence from chasing 212 in the last match against Rajasthan Royals, even if it fell short by 10 runs, will without doubt be carried over into this contest.
The hunger to win, amply illustrated by that counter-attack against Royals, will be so much stronger, a seat in the last four club an attraction too hard to resist.
On just that count, the Chennai squad will be a doughty customer to deal with and quite hard to toss, when battle lines are drawn on Tuesday.
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