Chennai v Pune, IPL 2013, Chennai April 16, 2013

Openers' failure costing CSK - Badrinath

ESPNcricinfo staff

Following Chennai Super Kings' unexpected loss to Pune Warriors, batsman S Badrinath has admitted to the team having issues with their opening combination. Apart from the match against Kings XI Punjab, in which Super Kings cruised to a 10-wicket win, their openers have failed to lay the required platform, Badrinath said.

"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 told the IPL website. "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."

In their first three matches Super Kings opened with Michael Hussey and M 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. South Africa's du Plessis, who was successful when given the chance to open in 2012, is out with injury.

The idea behind leaving Hussey out, Badrinath said, was to improve the team balance: "It was something to do with the combination. We wanted Anirudha to get quick runs at the top, and to get Albie in to add some firepower in the batting and another bowling option. It was very unfortunate that Anirudha got out off the second ball."

Badrinath, however, still backed his batsmen to come good. "Let's be honest: we haven't been able to get great starts and we've lost too many wickets at the top order. That's something that needs to be addressed," he said. "However, these batsmen have done it for us before and we need to have faith in them."

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  • John on April 18, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    May be opening batsmen failed. But the bowlers and lackluster fielding in the first innings set the tone of the match. You cant afford to give more than half the runs hit in the first six overs and last 2 overs - especially to a team such a PWI. So there is a bigger problem of lack of motivation and indiscipline on the field is more apparent than the top order batting failure. If you dont see the real issues then it would cost CSK dearly in the coming away matches .

  • Muthuvel on April 17, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    take more risks in first 10 overs simple.

  • Straight on April 17, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Ashwin is a big issue.He is run choker but if spinner cannot take 3 or 4 wicket hauls in India then it will hurt any franchisee.CSK probably has the worst bowling attack.

  • Wesley on April 17, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    I think its too early for anyone to blame CSK's openers. And going into the IPL website, Badri was just answering specific questions during an interview, its not that he picked out the openers to blame for defeat. Now for CSK to succeed Badri must also succeed. 30+ scores are not enough. He needs to recapture the 2011 form and aim for 60+ scores with at least 130% strike-rate. His batting seems very predictable and he picks out the same shots/areas to score boundaries. And in my opinion, Bravo seems not to fit well in the batting line up though he is excellent from bowling perspective. If Morkel can bowl like Bravo, then Morkel must replace Bravo. Hussey, if at all he needs to be replaced, must be replaced by Faf. CSK can afford to retain Raina out of form, as even if he stores 20+, its at a faster rate and when he fails, there is Badri to stabilize.

  • TR on April 17, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    The biggest blunder from Dhoni is not picking a 3rd spinner (I suggested Aparajith the good young U19 alrounder already). 3 foreign pace bowlers in Albie, Morris & Nannes ok approach, only because Albie is also a big hitter.

    Keep the same team except bring in Aparajith in place of Anirudh. So you have 3 pace & 3 spin bowlers plus Raina as 4th spinner. Let Albie open with Vijay. Albie should go berserk from ball 1. Dhoni, Bravo should come as early as possible. Only then Jadeja & Raina. I would suggest keep the left/right combination all the time and choose the batting order accordingly on the fly. That upsets the opponents a lot. I need to also say Nannes bowled horrible yesterday. Whats up with those leg stump deliveries?!! I always say this. Non-alrounders such as Nannes, Badri, Vijay, Morris, Anirudh, etc ... you guys better be match winners in your department (batting or bowling). Otherwise, your failure hurts the team bad. Average players have no place in T20.

  • Nag on April 16, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    CSK needs to score at least 5 to 6 runs per over for the first 5 overs. They use the 1st 5 overs like test match and suffer at the last 5 overs. Also, when they know that the run rate is going high, instead of accelerating the RR, they wait till the last 2 to 3 overs to hit.

  • Indian on April 16, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    Wondering how Chennai can loose when they have Sir Jadeja.

  • Dummy4 on April 16, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Use Morkel effectively,hussey and vijay pair is fine all thru the ipl seasons, better MSD can go with an all rounder instead a bowler nannes...that will give you a positive confidence that your team can bat till the 11th one..Morkel is the one who can turn things upside down...and he has done it for CSK for the past few years of ipl.......

  • murali on April 16, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    please dont disturb test opener in vijay already we lost gambir for tooo much t20 that lad didnt recognize that still playing serious t20 how on earth he can play with soft hands with this much t20 exposure