Chennai: Despite an indifferent IPL 5 so far, Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Andy Bichel believes that his side can still comeback and win the tournament for the third time in a row.
"There are a lot of expectations from the fans. Winning three in a row is a high standard in IPL for us. It is a challenge for us. Ours is a good enough team to win this tournament," he said on the eve of their match against Deccan Chargers on Friday. "The challenge for us is to go in to the final and it is the hardest part. We faced few challenges on the way. There is always a scope for improvement" he added.
Chennai have won only four of the ten matches they have played so far and three of those five losses have come at home. But Bichel said that the arrival of Australians Michael Hussey and Ben Hilfenhaus could change the fortunes of his side. "Mike [Hussey] has been a big contributor last year [season]. Ben [Hilfenhaus] had a long season and still looking dying for it. I am not sure that Ben will find a place in the playing eleven. It is interesting that we have got the full squad for the first time this edition. Everyone is pushing hard for a berth in the playing eleven," he said.
The former Australian paceman also felt that the CSK bowlers have improved their performance in the last few months. "I see them [the bowlers] as really improving during the last few months. That is a good thing,” said the Australian.
On the Chepauk pitch to be used for the Deccan match, Bichel said, "We have played a couple of trial matches before the tournament began and it turned and bounced some days and played differently other days. The dew falling at night some days also made it difficult for the team batting second. It has been hard for the batsmen. We needed to change the composition accordingly [the conditions].”