Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey said that this season they have covered all the bases.
On Saturday, the batting coach said that they are starting afresh this season after having a poor season last year in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE where they finished at seventh and for the very first time in the history of the league they failed to qualify for the playoffs.
“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 CSK website.
Michael Hussey again said that CSK has a very balanced squad, adding that the new recruits Moeen Ali, K Gowtham and Robin Uthappa were “excellent additions.” “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 further shared.
“A good start would be nice” – Michael Hussey
CSK bought six new players including Ali and Gowtham at the mini-auction a couple of months ago in Chennai after acquiring the service of the top-order batsman Robin Uthappa in a trade with Rajasthan Royals. Michael Hussey said that a good start in the 14th edition of IPL will be nice because the players will then can relax and play their best game with confidence.
“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 revealed. He again claimed that playing a block of matches will help the players settle and build confidence at the beginning of the tournament as well.
“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,” Michael Hussey said.
Chennai Super Kings are currently training in Mumbai where they are going to play their first five matches of IPL 2021 starting with the game against Delhi Capitals on April 10.