Kovai Kings, the only team to have qualified for the playoffs in every season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League, faces a tricky opponent in VB Kanchi Veerans in its opening match of the fourth season at the NPR College, ground here on Sunday.
VB Kanchi Veerans captain Baba Aparjith believes this season it has put together a squad that should do much better than last season when it finished seventh in the eight-team standings. “I feel every department is covered. That’s the reason why we strengthened our bowling department in the player draft and we thought we needed variety in our bowling. I feel both batting and bowling we have really worked hard and for sure it’ll be better from last season,” said the all-rounder, who celebrated his 25th birthday earlier this month.
“Last season was not great for us overall. The plan is to get into the groove as soon as possible. It’s about gaining momentum and get to decent winning starts first,” he added. For Kovai Kings captain Abhinav Mukund the obvious target is to challenge the top teams in the playoffs.
“This game is about small margins and unfortunately last time around we missed those small margins. We will definitely look to win the small moments better,” said the India batsman, who is also banking on the fresh picks to see it through. “We had a couple of good picks in the draft and we also had players who have gotten better in the last year, so I think we are definitely shaping up to be a good team. We had a good trade on Anirudh Sitaraman who came from Dindigul Dragons and I think he would definitely bolster the middle order,” he added.