Chennai: Chennai Super Kings openers' failure to provide the side starts consistently has irked batsman Subramaniam Badrinath, who says the "issue needs to be addressed" soon. Barring the 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab, the Chennai openers -- Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey have failed to live upto the expectations, though the Australian was not part of the XI that lost to Pune Warriors last night.
"The openers are not able to get us to the required start. In that one game against KXIP, the openers just saw us through. Apart from that, this is an issue that needs to be addressed," Badrinath said. "Faf (du Plessis) was brilliant for us last season at the top of the order. Opening is such a key role in Twenty20 cricket. In the first six overs the fielders are inside and you need to capitalise on that.
That start takes on the momentum to the middle order and further in the innings," he was quoted as saying by 'iplt20.com'. In their first three matches Super Kings opened with Hussey and Vijay, and apart from the game against Kings XI, the pair put on stands of 10 and 4 in two overs each. Against Pune Warriors, Hussey was left out to accommodate allrounder Albie Morkel, and Vijay opened with S Anirudha, who was out for a second-ball duck.
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