Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Eric Simmons said that the unit is feeling 'sad' for Ambati Rayudu after the middle-order batsman failed to find a spot in India's World Cup squad.
“We all feel sad for Rayudu. I haven’t had a chat with him personally yet (after being ignored for World Cup selection). Who would not love to play for India and in the World Cup?,” Simmons said.
Speaking to the media on the eve of the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Simmons said that Rayudu must be disappointed but hopes that the latter would turn this into motivation as he has done over the years.
“We all feel for him but I am confident that he will continue to give off his best,” he said.
“We are obviously happy with seven wins from eight games. The benefit of an experienced side is that when you are doing badly or too well, the emotional changes are not too big,” the bowling coach added.
“Death bowling has generally been the concern for many teams in this IPL. We came up with one of the best performances in death overs in the last game. We talk a lot and working on that, make sure we peak at the right time as the event goes on even while one has to understand what the bowlers go through,” Simmons explained.
On Imran Tahir, Simmons said that the South African is a crucial member of the team.
“The hallmark of CSK has been stability. We just don’t go for one performance. The confidence we have shown in him is important. Intimidation factor on the opposition is an important part of our strategy,” he said.
On a couple of big names not being available at the business end of the IPL because of World Cup commitments, the bowling coach said that CSK’s assets had been making strategically good decisions and that they had good cover for all those who miss the event.
“We have to move on”
Meanwhile, Sunrisers head coach Tom Moody said that the team is disappointed with the last game loss to Delhi Capitals.
“The important thing after a disappointing loss is to reflect and move on as quickly as possible and we have done that,” he said.
“The tournament is still wide open. If we get to manage to get all facets of the game we find ourselves playing at the end of the season,” he said.
On team selection, Moody said it is all about selecting the right players for the opposition it comes across.
“Obviously CSK is a very experienced side and we will look at our balance slightly different from our previous game which also means creating changes in the playing eleven,” he said.
On the indifferent form of Manish Pandey, the head coach said that no one would be more disappointed than Manish himself.
“He came into the tournament with scores in domestic cricket. It is really down to him to turn things around. He will have opportunities to have an impact this season,” he said.
“We were winning majority of the contests in a game but not finishing the job. Individuals need to recognise those moments in the game with bat, ball or in the field. Make sure we don’t make the same mistakes but finish the job,” Moody concluded.