Bowlers key to CSK's success, says Bollinger

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Published: Monday, April 2, 2012, 14:08 [IST]
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IPL 5: CSK keen on defending title

Chennai, Apr 2: Chennai's pacer Doug Bollinger feels his team has struck the right balance and has the potential to defend its Indian Premier League title.

Talking to the reporters in Chennai, Bollinger has said that the team has variety in their bowling with Albie Morkel, spinners Ashwin and Jakati, feels the team is more relaxed ahead of the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League which gets underway on April 4 at M A Chidambaram Stadium.

"Albie Morkel has done a really good job (as a pacer). Our spinners Jackie (Shadab Jakati) and R Ashwin have been fantastic. So I don't think we feel that much pressure. We won two back-to-back IPL editions. I think we are pretty relaxed going into the fifth season and have plenty of options. We have good spinners in our ranks," said Bollinger.

"We are having a great time. The guys have been playing cricket for six-seven months now. So we all know what to do. We just want to win on Wednesday (against Mumbai Indians in the opener)," the left-arm Australian pacer said.

He also expressed that fellow pacer Ben Hilfenhaus' inclusion will enhance the team's chances in the fifth season.

"He is bowling really well for Australia. Good luck to him. It is great to have a bowler like him in your team. He was little bit injured last year. He has come back and bowled really well. He is swinging the ball well. It would be good to see how he goes," he said.

Similar to bowling, the team boasts of depth in batting order as well with the likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Badrinath, Michael Hussey, Mukund, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Styris, Bravo and others, which is sufficient to trouble the opposition, as the team has already won the title twice in 2010 and 2011.

With the players performing to their potential, Chennai Super Kings might look to win the title for the third time as Bollinger feels the team has got the right balance.


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