Chennai Super Kings’ bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji is confident that his side — CSK will perform well in the IPL 2020. The former Indian pacer thinks CSK have the right squad depth to compete for the title. A perfect blend of the experienced and youth players to challenge for the trophy he says.
The CSK team will leave for UAE on 22nd of August. Prior to that, they are hosting a short training camp from 15th August for the likes of Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla and other local players in attendance to join at their base.
The players have already started training at their nearest nets available as soon as they heard of the confirmation of the news of IPL 2020.
Safety Of The Players And Everyone Is Of Paramount Importance Says Lakshmipathy Balaji
CSK’s head bowling coach feels the safety of the players and staff is of utmost importance. The training camp they are holding will be short but would help them assess and make a strategy.
“In these challenging times, safety of the players and everyone is of paramount importance. Skill-wise, we will do whatever is possible in the time we have. We have a balanced side with a mixture of experience and youth. Our team ticks all the boxes and all departments are covered by capable players. Our strength is bench strength,” Balaji said.
“I have not seen them practise. Once they get here, we will work out how to go forward. Basically, it (camp) would be to assess each player’s strength and areas to work on. In short, we would like to get into the T20 mindset,” said Balaji.
No One Can Question His Ability Or Fitness: Lakshmipathy Balaji on MS Dhoni
The former Indian pacer is confident about his captain MS Dhoni‘s ability and fitness. He thinks the captain’s main task this term is to find the right combination out of the players coming from a long gap from cricket.
“He is a great player and very fit. No one can question his ability or fitness. All top players know how to keep themselves in shape and perform. But the task before Dhoni is to bring together the players who are coming after a long layoff, find the right combination and take the team forward,”
He discussed the team’s stance on the pitch conditions and heat they have to face in UAE.
“Start well, carry forward the momentum and have lots of self belief. As far as conditions and pitches go, we have to see how things are. The world has been at a standstill for a long time. We have to have a feel of the conditions before making a judgement,”
The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the 8 teams play in UAE. The tournament was originally scheduled to kick off from March 29 was postponed indefinitely after April 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the nation.