Bichel feels Super Kings can still win third title

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Published: Friday, May 4, 2012, 10:58 [IST]
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CSK can make it three in a row: Bichel

Chennai, May 4: Two time champions, Chennai Super Kings have not been consistent as they have struggled to perform this IPL season, though the team's bowling coach Andy Bichel feels the team can make a hat-trick by winning its third title.

Chennai placed fifth in the points table, have won four out of 10 matches while the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore was washed out. With 9 points, Chennai need to win a few more matches to qualify for the play-offs.

Andy Bichel, the bowling coach of CSK felt there are a lot of expectations and it is challenging for the team.

"There is lot of expectations from the fan base always. 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 going in to the final and it is a hardest part. We faced few challenges on the way. There is always scope for improvement. We have shown improvement and they might be through to the final. We have to concentrate on much of the tournament," he added.

While he admitted that the arrival of Michael Hussey and Ben Hilfenahus would change the fortunes for the team.

"Mike has been a big contributor last year. Ben had a long season and is still looking dying for it. I am not sure that Ben will find a place in the playing eleven. It is interesting 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.

He also praised his bowlers as they have improved in the last few months.

"I see them as really improving during last few months. That is a good thing. There has been a big improvement there in working up to the levels and the improvement shown by them in skill sets has been important for us. We have been hunted by the way and that is a challenge for us," said the Australian.

When asked if an Indian pacer's inclusion would have made a difference, he said it is nice to have local lads in the team.

"It's always nice to have one of the local guys in the team. Youngsters are developing, young guys are coming through the system. Statistics in the back end of the matches that we have played here has been second to none. It is important for us. Albie Morkel has always been improving."

His take on Chepauk pitch was also equally important as he said its a challenge for the batsmen as it seems to be different at times but admitted that this cannot be given as an excuse.

"The weather conditions have been the case of dew some nights and the balls stood on the bat. On some days it made something different for the team batting second. It has been hard for the batsmen. We needed to change the composition accordingly with the overseas players. It has been bit of small little challenges. But, we cannot make excuses for it."


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