Former Australia batsman and the batting coach of Chennai Super Kings, Michael Hussey, is confident that his side will fare better in IPL 2021 than they did last season. CSK failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in the IPL.
The MS Dhoni-led outfit finished 7th on the points table; however, they will take positives from their last three games, which they won – players like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran were their bright spots in a rather underwhelming season.
Michael Hussey opines that the 3-time champions have a balanced squad, and have almost all their bases covered after the February auction. CSK bought in Krishnappa Gowtham (INR 9.25 crore), Moeen Ali (INR 7 crore), Cheteshwar Pujara (INR 50 lakh), after also trading in Robin Uthappa from Rajasthan Royals, which Michael Hussey says are ‘excellent additions’ to the squad.
“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,” Michael Hussey was quoted as saying by 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,” he added.
Playing in Mumbai will help the players settle and build confidence early in the tournament: Michael Hussey
The 45-year-old says that the players can gain confidence and the side can settle down well in their matches in Mumbai, where the pitch is good for both batsmen and the bowlers. CSK will begin its campaign on April 10th against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai; they will play their first 5 games at the Wankhede, followed by Delhi, Bangalore, and Kolkata.
Hussey, who played for both Chennai and Mumbai Indians, is hopeful of his side starting well in the IPL 2021.
“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. I think playing a block of matches in Mumbai will help the players settle and build confidence early in the tournament. 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.