Hussey: Change of venue pulled the rug from beneath CSK

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Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey says that the team was set up to play most of their matches at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.

Hussey believes the team have struggled to adapt to the conditions in the UAE and that has seen them win just two of their six matches in the 2020 Indian Premier League.

CSK struggles due to venue change – Hussey

CSK have failed to get their team balance correct for the slightly different surfaces in the UAE with their spinners not making the desired impact and their batting lacking explosive power.

Hussey remains confident of the team full of veterans ability to turn things around and come to grips with the conditions.

“Yeah, certainly our team was based around playing in Chennai. Obviously, the spinners have been very effective there in the past but we will have to adapt and we have done it before,” Hussey said.

“Couple of seasons ago we had to move out of Chennai and had to play our home games in Pune and the team adapted really well to that. I think we are lucky because we go for experienced players generally and these players know their game really well and know how to react to different situations and different conditions. Fingers crossed we can adapt and also play a very good brand of cricket.”

Questions of choking haunt Fleming’s charges

Coach Stephen Fleming was unhappy that the team’s experienced hands were incapable of getting CSK over the line against the Kolkata Knight Riders in midweek.

“Ideally, you want one batsman to bat through,” Fleming said. 

“If you give an opening to an IPL team, they’ve got quality players to take it. Today with Narine holding overs back, it made it very difficult in the end.

“You are looking at players going on and making 75 or more and continue that partnership for five more overs, the game would have been a lot more different. KKR hung in there and put pressure on us. We couldn’t accelerate in the end. We are disappointed that we let it slip.”

CSK will be in action again on Saturday 10 October when they face the Royal Challengers Bangalore.