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Prajakta Pawar in Delhi 17 April 2013 - 08:12pm IST

DD are a dangerous side: Bichel

CSK’s bowling coach emphasises significance of doing basics right

With two wins and two losses under their belt the Chennai Super Kings, surfing in the lower half of the points table will be keen to register a win against the Delhi Daredevils. The Daredevils who are yet to win a game in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 and are desperate to get across the line in their sixth match, after a few close finishes when they take the field on home turf.

Although they have lost five games on the trot, the hosts comprise of a line-up capable of turning the team’s fortunes around. Speaking about the Daredevils, CSK’s bowling coach Andy Bichel said, “I think they are still dangerous, they have nothing to lose from now on and probably and they will come out hard tomorrow. When you have a line-up like David Warner and Virender Sehwag at the front, you want to be on your game, because one of them can come off in situations like this.” 

Reflecting on CSK’s run in the tournament so far and their loss to the Pune Warriors India, he said, “We haven’t played that well at home, that’s where we have lost our games, which is our fortress really. Conditions have varied a little bit to last year and we haven’t probably dealt with that. And in the last one we just did not executed our plans the way we have done in the first three matches. There is lot of room for improvement and (we are) obviously a new group as well. So we are sort of gelling together and getting used to each other which is an important thing as well.”

Speaking about one of the important cogs in the Kings’ line-up, Albie Morkel and his return to bowling, the bowling coach said, “(He will) hopefully (bowl) soon. He is a key player for us in our squad and brings with him a lot of experience. He had a great tournament in the domestic circuit in South Africa, so he is a player in form and he is a hard man to leave out of your team and that is probably why he came into side in the last game.”
And though they are missing out on Morkel’s bowling and Ben Hilfenhaus’ services one of the new additions to the bowling attack, Chris Morris has contributed for the team. Speaking about the South African recruit, Bichel observed, “He has been exciting for us and he has delivered the way we expected him to do. He has done well for the Lions and he did bowl in the Champions League T20, 2012. He has been a good asset for us to replace a guy like Ben Hilfenhaus. So for building a nice platform for us upfront, someone to come in and do their job, Chris has turned out to be that man.”

After Micheal Husseys’ magnificent innings against Kings XI Punjab, but a low score against RCB, Srikkanth Anirudha who replaced him in the previous game was out for a duck. While speaking about the young Indian opener, the coach said, “He played well last year for us against Rajasthan, came in and played and excellent role for us. He is a guy who is being developed for that role. He has got a good opportunity, he got a good ball the other day, you are going to get that but he is definitely a player for our future and he has definitely got the skills to do it at this level. “

“It is about doing the basics of the game and sticking to the basics. This is what these young blokes are learning. I am sure Sachin Tendulkar is still doing the basics very well,” he added while speaking about performing in the tournament.

“This tournament is all about confidence and I think as you go through the tournament, some teams are good at the moment, playing well while other teams are trying to search for that and DD you know are lacking that now. This tournament is going to change throughout as we go on but I just see that more the confidence players get as the tournament goes on, that’s where you will see the best teams at the end,” he mentioned.

Asked about young talent that has caught his eye in the current edition of IPL so far, he said “One thing with this tournament is that it is getting better and better every year and we are seeing that with the young talent coming through. To name the players this early in tournament would be highly risky for me to do that but I do see good talent coming through. The way Virat Kohli is leading RCB that is something he has done before but I think he is doing a great job with that. Young leader in Indian cricket I think is important, it is an exciting tournament, the skills are getting better and better every year and it will only benefit Indian cricket.” 

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