Chennai Super Kings (CSK) did all the good work only to falter at the final hurdle last year but middle-order batsman S Badrinath believes the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian Premier League side can better their show this season.
In the capital for a promotional event on Wednesday, Badrinath said having a talismanic captain in Dhoni and the latest addition of England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff in the ranks, CSK definitely stood a better chance this time.
“Things are never easy in any Twenty20 tournament for its sheer unpredictability. But we have quality players in the ranks and the team looks balance. Besides, we have Dhoni as the captain, which means a lot,” said the right-hander.
“Besides, someone like Flintoff add lot of values to the team and no opposition can afford to take him lightly,” he said.
With the second edition of IPL shifted to South Africa, Badrinath reckoned it would not be an easy ball game and adapting to conditions there would make a lot of difference.
“Lot would depend on how the teams adapt to the conditions there. I’m not sure if we’ll get to see too many high-scoring matches.
“Anyway, we are leaving 10 days before and I want to make the most of these 10 days,” added the Tamil Nadu batsman.
Mumbai Indian batsman Robin Uthappa was also present on the occasion and the attacking batsman said his team would benefit from the presence of a number of South Africans in the support staff.
“We have a South African coach (mentor Shaun Pollock) and have trained under (former Test player) Jonty Rhodes and having them would be an advantage in South Africa,” he said.