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CSK bowling coach talks about his team’s chances ahead of RR game
By IPL Staff
Jaipur 10 May 2012
With won point separating the two on the points table, the Chennai Super Kings will take on the rejuvenated Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium tomorrow. Speaking to the media ahead of the match, CSK bowling coach Andy Bichel discussed his team composition and more.
Excerpts from his pre-match press conference:
On the loss against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium
That was chance for us. As a group, we are playing well. [...] I think that only comes back to the individual [to come back]. They [CSK] can bounce back from the loss like that, so that’s the important part for them; [it] is to make sure that they take the good stuff out of the game that did and put in the rest of the season.
On their position in the points table
[...] We would like to be more up the [points] table but it is important how we bounce back as individuals; and that shows character in this team. The test will really be tomorrow night and how we bounce back.
On what went wrong this season
If you take the teams who are at the top of the table [...] [like] [Virender] Sehwag’s [Delhi Daredevils, they] have not only scored runs in the tournament, but they have also finished games – and Kevin Pietersen been part of that. There are number of guys that are playing well, but they are also finishing games . So finishing the games is the one for us that we hadn’t had someone. Faf du Plessis has scored around 380 runs [but] we haven’t had someone that’s just gone out there and finished the game off. There is the chance for our batting group and also a chance for our bowling group [to perform]. In Twenty20 cricket, there is one every game that you play. But I think [in the] process [if we would have] more consistency, [it] would be a lot better for us throughout this tournament.
On Michael Hussey
[...] if you look at Mike Hussey last year, his influence on the squad at the top of the order was the same influence that Shane Watson has had since he has arrived [in the Rajasthan Royals squad]. They are that sort of players, doing well on the world stage coming in and […] into the IPL. They have heavily influenced the teams. [Rajasthan Royals] have covered that well. [...] Brad Hodge has done very well and Shane [Watson] has come in to complement that and I think that is one of the parts that we have missed a little bit. I think in the sense that Mike, we really missed him on field and more so in the off-field stuff as well.
On whether they have any special plans for Watson
He is a quality player. He has played well in the last twelve months for Australia and in the last year’s IPL as well for Rajasthan. So there is not much room for error against good players. It is a challenge for our bowlers to make sure that they are asking those questions around good length. That’s the one I am setting the right field. [There’s] no set plan. I think, you have little set place here and there that might work. It ultimately comes to the day and to the individual to execute that plan.
On whether they need to add pace to their bowling and team for tomorrow
We have got Dougie [Doug Bollinger]. [...] He is quick and swinging the ball. He has got pace that he has had before. He is up for selection in the team tomorrow. But we will have to wait and see and [also] see what the conditions are again tomorrow [and then decide].
Match 56 of DLF IPL 2012 will feature a contest between the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings.
Given the way the teams are closely packed, this game is critical to both the teams. RR are marginally ahead in the standings with 12 points from 12 matches, while CSK have one point more from just as many games.
Both teams come into this contest with contrasting fortunes; RR thrashed the Pune Warriors India in their previous outing, while CSK ended on the wrong side in a thrilling match against the Mumbai Indians.
Thursday, May 9, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
With the young Ajinkya Rahane stealing the limelight – and deservedly so – the performance of his captain Rahul Dravid has almost gone unnoticed. 39 years old now, and having retired from the international game, Dravid’s enthusiasm in this format has been refreshing; his performance has been overshadowed by Rahane and the other stroke-makers in the team. Still, he has managed to score enough runs to be the team’s second-highest run-getter. The way Dravid has handled the limited resources he has at his disposal and the way players have responded to him have been heartening to see.
After scoring just 153 runs in his first eight outings in the tournament, Suresh Raina finally seems to be coming to the party. The southpaw has looked good in his last three outings (112 runs), and given how important a role how he plays in CSK’s plans, his team will be hoping he can build on those performances and win a couple of matches singlehandedly.
The coming to form of Murali Vijay too must be good news for CSK supporters; the 28-year-old was woefully out of form in the initial few games and would go on to be dropped. But in the previous match against the Mumbai Indians, he announced his return to form with a fluent 41 off 29 balls.
Underdogs then, the Rajasthan Royals surprised many when they beat the Chennai Super Kings on all three occasions (including in the title clash) in the inaugural season of the IPL.
Since then though, CSK have dominated their contests against RR – they’ve won six of the next seven matches, including the last four meetings between the two teams.
In the most recent meeting between the two teams, CSK restricted RR to 146 for four and then chased it down off the last ball.
The Chennai Super Kings have only managed to win one of their five away matches so far this season; they beat the Deccan Chargers in their backyard and then lost to the Delhi Daredevils, the Mumbai Indians and the Pune Warriors India, while their match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore had to be abandoned because of rains.
The Rajasthan Royals have scored the most boundary fours this season – they've hit 193 fours in their 12 matches so far.
If he happens to play this game, Siddharth Trivedi will move ahead of Shane Warne to become Rajasthan Royals’ most capped player; this will be his 56th IPL game for RR.
The Rajasthan Royals have scored the most 50-plus partnerships this season – they’ve put together 14 half-century stands in their 12 matches.
The Chennai Super Kings will next be seen in their home fixture against the Delhi Daredevils on May 12, while the Rajasthan Royals will be seen in action the following day when they host the Pune Warriors India in the afternoon game.