Mike Hussey, Chennai Super Kings batting coach, has admitted that the 2020 edition of the IPL moving out of India has played a significant role in their fortunes as their team was built around the conditions in Chennai.
The Super Kings love playing on the slow and sluggish tracks of Chepauk as it not only allows their spinners to come into their own, it also helps skipper MS Dhoni dictate the pace of the game with his spinners as well as medium pacers.
With conditions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai favoring fast bowlers thus far, pace-heavy attacks like Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have benefitted from it hugely while CSK has been unable to pick their ace spinner in Imran Tahir as they had to resort to the fast bowlers of their overseas contingent.
“Yeah, certainly our team was based around playing in Chennai. Obviously, the spinners have been very effective there in the past but we will have to adapt and we have done it before,” Mike Hussey in the post-match conference.
‘Fingers crossed we [CSK] can adapt’- Mike Hussey
But Mike Hussey also went on to remind everyone that the Chennai Super Kings have shown in the past that they can adapt to any conditions. He alluded to the season 2018 where the former champions had to play their home games in Pune.
He also hoped that since their squad consists of experienced campaigners, they will be able to soon adjust to the different conditions.
“Couple of seasons ago we had to move out of Chennai and had to play our home games in Pune and the team adapted really well to that. I think we are lucky because we go for experienced players generally and these players know their game really well and know how to react to different situations and different conditions. Fingers crossed we can adapt and also play a very good brand of cricket.” Mike Hussey said.
That said, the conditions in the second half of the tournament is expected to suit the spinners but in order to cash-in, CSK will have to ensure that they stay afloat in the competition.