‘We don’t have pressure of expectations’

In Subramanian Badrinath, the Karaikudi franchise in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), has the most experienced T20 player the state has come across. Having donned the Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s hat in the Indian Premier League, the Tamil Nadu run-machine said his new-look team is raring to go in the league.
‘We don’t have pressure of expectations’
Subramanian Badrinath

Chennai

The franchise, which has roped Robin Singh as its coach, is a side with a lot of new faces and according to Badrinath, it has the right mixture of youth and experience. “We had our first get together on Thursday and I get positive vibes in the team. We are a new-look team with a lot of U-19 players and the mood in the camp is upbeat,” the 35-year-old batsman said. With a youthful side, Badrinath said the pressure of expectations is absent. “We do not have big names. We start as the underdogs and it would be a tremendous achievement if we do well. I am looking forward to working with Robin Singh, a cricketer who has been my role model, and the U-19 players and we hope for the camaraderie to set-in quick,” he added.
TEAM OWNER: Chettinad Apparels Private Limited 
SQUAD: S. Badrinath, S. Aniruda, Sunil Sam, Suresh Babu, Lokeshwar, Ganapathi Chandrasekar, Shoaib Md Khan, Vishal Vaidhya, Sonu Yadav, Rajkumar, Mohan Prasath, Vijay Kumar, M Abhinav, A Jerome, R Srinivasan, Kiran Akash, S Sujay, S Swaminathan, Shahjahan  
COACH: Robin Singh
TNPL opening advanced
The Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) has been advanced by three days and will start on August 24. The first game of the tournament will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium with Chepauk taking on Thoothukudi at 6.30 pm. In all, 31 games will be played among the eight teams across three venues.

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