CSK's good enough to win it all: Bichel

Super Kings’ bowling coach says inclusion of Hussey and Hilfenhaus will make them stronger

By IPL Staff
Chennai 03 May 2012
They might not have looked the invincibles that they were during the past few seasons, but they’re still one of the most feared teams in IPL 2012. When the Chennai Super Kings take on the Deccan Chargers at home, they will definitely start off as favourites.

Ahead of their tie against DC, Andy Bichel, CSK’s bowling coach, spoke about his wards and said he was impressed with the improvement shown by most of them, especially when it comes to death bowling. He said the team has received a shot in the arm with the arrival of Mike Hussey and Ben Hilfenhaus, and that the team’s performance will improve.

Excerpts from his pre-match media interaction:

Expectations from the defending champions

There are expectations and to reach this level you have to have tasted success. Winning three in a row will be setting some high standards in the IPL. We’re expected to win and improve with each game that we play. We’ve faced a few challenges along the way with our overseas players, but now they’re all here and we’ll get as much out of them as we can in the rest of the tournament.

Performance of the bowling unit

If I look at the individual bowlers, I’ll say they’ve all improved in the last 12 months, and that’s a good thing. The challenge that we’ve faced is that the other teams have played us better than they did in the past. We’ve been hunted, and it’s a challenge for us to rise once again. Also, the fact that we’re a batting-heavy team makes it hard on the bowlers.

Lack of a world-class Indian fast bowler

It’s always nice to have that one world-class Indian pacer. But having said that, our youngsters are developing. Even overall in the tournament, young Indian bowlers have done well. [Parvinder] Awana is a great pick. Umesh yadav has bowled well too. It would be nice to have someone who can bowl 140 kph – someone like Yadav.

Improvement in death bowling

If you look at our statistics in death bowling this season, they’ve been second to none. That’s an area where we’ve made a big improvement as compared to the last few seasons. It’s all about the mindset. Some guys are doing pretty well in this tournament. I think [Dwayne] Bravo has taken to it pretty well. Albie Morkel is always improving. The challenge for us as the bowling group is [to] reach that level where MS [Dhoni] can just pick anyone in the group for the job and know that they’ll do it.

Will Sudeep Tyagi get a game?

The conditions in Chennai don’t allow too much seam bowling. When we go on the road, we could face some different conditions and then these guys can come to fray.

The road ahead

We have a good enough team to win the tournament. For us, reaching the final will be the most difficult part. With Mike Hussey and Ben Hilfenhaus coming in, that will change a few things for us. Mike contributed to our success last year, and he’s back with us.
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