Sehwag's absence a huge loss: Shipperd

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HORS DE COMBAT: Super Kings will breathe easy with Virender Sehwag out of the equation. — PHOTO: PTI
HORS DE COMBAT: Super Kings will breathe easy with Virender Sehwag out of the equation. — PHOTO: PTI

Setting aside the obvious talking point of Delhi Daredevils losing the services of Virender Sehwag, Chennai's bowling coach Andy Bichel preferred to see the build-up for Thursday's match in terms of what it held for the home team.

“We just have to do the things we have been doing well at home.

“It is really about us and where we are headed in the tournament,” said Bichel, speaking at the pre-match press conference.

The former Australian speedster also said that losing a star player like Sehwag would encourage others to put their hands up for the team.

“When you lose a leader (like Sehwag) it is always a big play. It will probably inspire other players to make a mark,” he said.

Delhi coach Greg Shipperd was understandably more downbeat over the loss of his captain. “Viru's absence will be a huge loss for us as he is the holder of Orange cap. He fired in each of the matches that we won. He would be missed both as a captain and a key player,” said Shipperd.

The coach also acknowledged that beating Chennai in its den would be a bit of a task, considering the side's home form, where it has lost just one match out of ten over two editions.

“It is going to be a very tough assignment for us to beat the Super Kings in their home ground. We know that they have got special skills in all three departments of the game. It would be tough for us to raise our game and play best cricket against a side, which is in great form at the moment,” conceded Shipperd.

Speaking on the issue of whether home teams should be allowed to prepare wickets that suit their purposes best, Bichel said, “We have got a wonderful product (with the IPL). One has to be careful what one does with it. Wickets were flat and the boundaries were small in the earlier editions and it sold well to the public and we have to stick to it.”

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