While answering a question in the pre-season virtual press conference, Jayawardene said conditions here in the UAE will support spinners and the side has the right group of bowlers with them.
“Yeah, generally pitches (in the UAE) will help most of the spinners and Krunal is going to be a big part of that. Rahul Chahar and Jayant Yadav are there, and all the spinners are in contention of playing. You just have to do the basics right. There is no added pressure on spinners and they just have to execute their plans. We are confident about the group of bowlers we have for this season,” the coach said.
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Commenting on Jasprit Bumrah, the former Sri Lanka captain said the Indian pacer looks sharp and real professional.
“I think Bumrah has been training really hard. Because of Indian commitments, he has been through lots of training to keep (up) with the load. Following the IPL, India has to play against Australia. Bumrah looks really sharp. He is a real professional and he has looked after himself during the quarantine,” he added.
Jayawardene further said that the franchise is fully committed to creating a good environment within the group so that the players can focus more on the game and be mentally strong.
“I think a lot of players will be away from home after the IPL as well. We have planned different things, we have created an environment within the hotel so that they are looked after. Most of them are here with their families. So yeah, it is a challenge but we are looking at all the aspects. It is about creating a very good environment within the group so that they can focus and enjoy the job in hand,” Jaywardene said.
He added that if in case someone tests positive in the group, then also they are prepared for that situation.
“I mean the pandemic is such that is very difficult to control everything, but we are trying (our) best to look at everything, but if someone ends up testing positive or there is a cluster of cases, then we have planned for it. One thing we have done is that even in the group, when we are doing certain events, we have asked everyone to take every possible precaution because there is a chance that one person picks up the virus. We are trying to plan for everything. We will continue to do that and I hope everyone is disciplined,” the head coach said.
The 13th edition of the league will start from September 19, with the Chennai Super Kings locking horns with Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener.