Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting coach Michael Hussey is confident that the franchise has got all its bases covered for the 2021 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
CSK had a forgettable IPL 2020 campaign in UAE. Under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in the tournament history.
However, the three-time champions are looking to make a fresh start and bought the likes of Moeen Ali, Robin Uthappa, Krishnappa Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, among others at the auction in February this year.
“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 by 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,” he added.
Hussey highlighted the importance of starting the tournament with positive outings.
“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.
According to Hussey, playing a block of matches in Mumbai would help the players.
“I think playing a block of matches in Mumbai will help the players settle and build confidence early in the tournament,” he stated.
“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 further remarked.
IPL 2021 is due to begin on April 9, with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener at Chepauk.
CSK will open their campaign against Delhi Capitals on April 10 in Mumbai.
(With PTI inputs)