Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting coach Michael Hussey has admitted that he expects all the players to be a bit rusty in the line-up as they are coming to play the tournament after a long time.
CSK made a difficult start to their campaign in the UAE as some members of the camp tested positive for COVID-19 and the entire contingent had to leave on its own longer than expected.
“To start a little dodgy, we had to quarantine ourselves for a little extra, we are on the right track right now, we have our negative COVID results, the boys are now training hard and are looking forward to the IPL. They are getting rid of all rust and they appear to be in good form. I have been really impressed with the people, the way they have approached their training has been very good, everybody is very keen and I have to admit that I hope everyone is more rusty than them.”
All teams have already reached the UAE to participate in the upcoming tournament. CSK were the last team to begin training, as the side returned to the field last week after their third round of COVID-19 trials.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is to be played in the UAE from 19 September to 10 November in three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
CSK will play against Mumbai Indians at the IPL 2020 opener on 19 September in Abu Dhabi. For the first time in the history of the tournament, the finals will be played on a weekday i.e. Tuesday. Both afternoon and evening matches will be played half an hour earlier than normal.