Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey has thrown his support behind newly-appointed captain Ravindra Jadeja, saying that every member of the CSK squad is backing the skipper despite four successive defeats in IPL 2022. Hussey further said that the team was looking at a couple of wins, which would help Ravindra Jadeja "feel more relaxed as captain".
Defending champions have lost all their four matches in the current edition of the tournament and are looking to get their first set of points in the tournament this season as they sit at the bottom of the IPL 2022 table. Hussey admitted that MS Dhoni handing over CSK captaincy to Jadeja was a huge decision and everyone was supporting him as he tries to emerge as a strong leader of the side.
"Yeah, it (making Jadeja skipper) is a big change. Obviously, MS Dhoni was the captain for such a long period of time and he has done an amazing job. But the great thing is that he is still here to help Jadeja along the way in his first year as captain. So, I know that Jadeja and MSD are talking almost every day about captaincy, about tactics and how leadership works along with Stephen Fleming the coach, and to try and make the transition as smooth as possible.
"Everyone respects Jadeja very highly and we are coming to terms with a new captain and how Jadeja likes to go about it. But, so far so good, he is doing a very good job, and I am just hoping we can get a few wins on the board very soon to help Jadeja feel more relaxed as captain. Everyone is supporting Jadeja and we are hoping for some victories very soon," added Hussey.
Hussey is of the opinion that the best way to tackle the tough situations as a batter was to just concentrate on the ball while not worrying about anything else, and also "work with your partner at the other end".
"The important thing is I guess is to work with your partner at the other end. There is two versus eleven out there, two in the middle batting against eleven people and you try and win the contest. It is one ball versus one bat. And, you try to win one ball at a time. So, if you start worrying about what the pitch is doing, or what the score is, or worrying about getting out, then you are concentrating on the wrong things. All you need to do is, try and concentrate on that ball coming down, and see every single ball as a contest, and you try and win that contest and move on to the next contest and it is amazing if you can keep winning those little contests and breaking it down into small parts, you can slowly start getting on top," opined Hussey.
"But I still think it is important to work with your partner at the other end. Keep talking positively to each other, keep running hard between the wickets; keep doing the basic things very well and that is how you try and win those little tough pressure contests."