20 January 2018

IPL 2018: CSK Appoint Laxmipathy Balaji As Bowling Coach

The coaching staff will be headed by former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming. The team has already retained Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja and are also keen on retaining Ravichandran Ashwin. CSK's CEO K S Viswanathan announced at a promotional event on Friday that Fleming, former Australian batsman Michael Hussey (batting coach) and Balaji would form part of the coaching set-up while trainer Gregory King and physio Tommy Simsek from the old set up would also remain.
Fleming, who played for the team, was the coach till it was suspended. He donned the role of coach for Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Hussey too was with CSK from 2008 till 2013 before returning (in 2015) after a stint with Mumbai Indians.
"We like to retain the core team because of which we are retaining the entire support staff, with Fleming as the head coach and Hussey as the batting coach and Balaji, the local boy, as bowling coach," he said.
Dhoni, who was present at the event said the key is to get back the core group and form a strong team around while admitting it would be a challenge as the players would have to be picked at the auction, scheduled on January 27 and 28.
"Also, we will be retaining the physio Tommy Simzek and trainer Gregory King," the CSK CEO added. CSK is gearing up for a comeback to IPL after a two-year ban following the spot-fixing scam.