Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji has addressed the side’s challenges ahead of the 13th edition of the IPL. Chennai Super Kings is slated to be one of the first IPL teams to land in the UAE and are also one of the strongest outfits.
Former Indian seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji remains confident that the seniors would not take time to hit their strides.
MS Dhoni looks all set to lead the three-time champions once more in the forthcoming edition. The yellow army boasts of the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, and Suresh Raina all of who are hugely experienced but most of who in their late 30s.
MS Dhoni, who recently turned 39, is amongst those who has not played competitive cricket for long; hence their potential rustiness stays in question.
However, Lakshmipathy Balaji reckons that it’s not going to be very challenging since all of them have played this sport for several years. Hence, the understanding and experience of the game situation will always help to hit their straps.
“I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult, because all your life you have played this sport. So many years of understanding will come in handy to get back to your best,” Balaji told PTI.
It is going to be a continuation of where we left in the camp: Lakshmipathy Balaji
The 38-year old understands that for fast bowlers, it is not easy to find their rhythm straight away. It is only after a few weeks of fitness and playing matches that pacers begin hitting their stride. Balaji further said that since they already had a shortened camp in March, the upcoming one would be a continuation of that.
“It is not easy to hit the 100 per cent mark straight away in any sport. As we progress with our skills and fitness every week, we will look to improve our strengths in phases. But the good thing is that we had a camp in March and it is going to be a continuation of where we left in that camp,” the Tamil Nadu-born cricketer added.