Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey said the franchise has got all its bases covered and is looking to start afresh after a forgettable outing in the last IPL.
Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey. (Courtesy by BCCI)
- Chennai Super Kings have a very balanced squad for IPL 2021: Mike Hussey
- CSK picked up six players including Ali and Gowtham at the February auction
- CSK will begin their IPL 2021 campaign against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai on April 10
Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey believes that the MS Dhoni-led franchise has got a balanced squad for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 and is looking to start afresh after a forgettable outing in the last IPL.
CSK failed to reach the playoffs for the first in the history of the tournament, finishing 7th in the league stage just ahead of Rajasthan Royals last season.
Notably, MS Dhoni had been training with the Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai, wherein they will play their IPL 2021 opener against Delhi Capitals on April 10. Dhoni also led a preparatory camp with a few of his teammates in Chennai before they flew to Mumbai in the last week of March.
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“I feel we have a very balanced squad that has most bases covered and with depth in most areas. The guys are in really good spirits and have been preparing extremely well,” he was quoted as saying on the CSK website.
“I think they are all excellent additions. Moeen is an excellent all-rounder, Robin has a lot of experience and has been a quality performer in the past and Gowtham has some genuine talent that we can look to develop further,” Hussey said.
CSK picked up six players including Ali and Gowtham at the February auction after buying top-order batsman Uthappa in a trade with Rajasthan Royals.
“A good start would be nice because the players will then relax and hopefully play their best cricket with confidence, otherwise the pressure can build up on everyone involved,” the former Australia batsman said.
Hussey said playing a block of matches would help the players settle and build confidence early in the tournament.
“I think playing a block of matches in Mumbai will help the players settle and build confidence early in the tournament,” he added.
“The conditions at Wankhede are generally very good for both batsmen and bowlers, so hopefully we can start well and players can feel good about their games,” he said.