Hussey hopeful of Dhoni, Raina fitness

If Dhoni plays as a specialist batsman then Sam Billings or Ambati Rayudu could be given the gloves or even N. Jagadeesan could be drafted in.

Suresh Raina (first from left), M. S. Dhoni (third from left) and Mike Hussey at a training session in Chennai.   -  V. Ganesan

Chennai Super Kings' batting coach Michael Hussey was optimistic about both Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina being fit for Friday’s game here.

He said, “I spoke to MS quickly on the bus, I asked him how was feeling and he said he was feeling better. He is at the training today. Much of the same with Raina, confident.” 

Asked about the extent of Dhoni’s injury since he a 'keeper batsman, Hussey said, “I don't really know, I haven't spoken to the physiotherapist about it. But I believe the bed was quite soft in the Mohali, that may have made his back a little stiff and maybe through batting he aggravated it a little bit. He has been on the improve ever since, so he should be fine.”

If Dhoni plays as a specialist batsman then Sam Billings or Ambati Rayudu could be given the gloves. Or will N. Jagadeesan be drafted in?

About shifting to a new venue, Hussey said, “We have just tried to come here with a positive attitude. But also I will have to say that it's been amazing how much work has been done by the Chennai Super Kings to move everything across in such a short period of time.

"Even just in the dressing rooms, the memorabilia, and the motivational stuff on the walls, all have made us feel that we are at home.”

He added, “A lot of the staff has come across as well and I believe a lot of the fans, over 1000 of them, are coming here by a train. It's pretty exciting and special. and we are looking forward to it.”

Dwayne Bravo did not turn up for practise but sources said there was nothing to worry about since it was only an optional training session and the West Indian had been given a break.