Openers have been great: Raina

Chennai Super Kings batsman credits strong top order for team’s recent wins

Chennai 21 April 2012
After an indifferent start to IPL 2012, the Chennai Super Kings are once again playing like defending champions. MS Dhoni’s men defeated the in-form Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets to register two consecutive wins at home.

These victories also show that the team is finally coming to terms with the newly-laid track at Chepauk, which seemed to have robbed them of the home field advantage initially. CSK’s star batsman Suresh Raina caught up with after the match against RR and spoke about his team’s resurgence in IPL 2012.

CSK is getting back on track, and you are playing like defending champions.

We have been playing good and God has been really kind. We have been winning the close games. Faf [du Plessis], Badri [S Badrinath] and specially the bowlers have been outstanding throughout the last seven games. And hopefully, we will do well in the next couple of games as well.

Do you think the solid opening pair of Badrinath and du Plessis has been key to CSK’s success in the last two matches?

[Murali] Vijay has got a couple of chances, but he has not been doing well. Hopefully, Badri and Faf will, as they have been batting well, and [Michael] Hussey will come probably after three-four games and we have a good combination like what we have in last five editions of IPL. And still, we are getting better. We are putting scores on the board and we need to bowl really well; we need to execute the plan really well. Hopefully, next few games will be exciting for us.

In CLT20 2011, teams struggled to come in terms with the newly-laid track. How about now, are you getting an idea about how to handle the track?

It’s getting better. We have a lot of new players coming to the side, and Faf and Badri are opening for us and doing well. We have won four games, and hopefully ,we will do well in the upcoming games.

CSK chased down 205 and last two games have been modest scoring games. What do you have to say about this?

I think this is the beauty of the game. We need to pull our socks up and play well, and hopefully, we will win our upcoming games.
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