IPL 2020: CSK coach Stephen Fleming defends Dhoni after defeat

Sharjah: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) will take some time to get into the role of ‘finisher’ which everyone is waiting for. The Chennai team remained a few runs away from chasing the target last night in the Indian Premier League match against Rajasthan Royals (RR) while former Indian captain Dhoni was at the crease.

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Dhoni got down to bat at number 7 in this match on Tuesday and he took time to settle at the crease before putting on his powerful shot. By the time he was aggressive, he did not have enough balls left to score the required runs, which led to the team losing by 10 runs. Dhoni remained unbeaten after scoring 29 runs off 17 balls. Dhoni said that his team’s 2-week stay in the quarantine affected their preparations as they could not get enough time to practice.

Fleming said in the press conference after the match, ‘We get this question every year. He landed at the crease in the 14th over, which is a very favorable time and he also batted accordingly. He is making a comeback after not playing cricket for a long time.

He said, ‘Therefore, it will take some time for his hopes to do his best. But if you look at the end of the match, it was quite good. Faf du Plessi was in the farm, so we were not far away. Batting was not a matter of concern, to be honest. Captain Dhoni himself sent Sam Kuren and Kedar Jadhav to bat.

Regarding the move, the former New Zealand captain said, ‘MS are the experts to play at the end of the innings, always have been, trying to hit Curren and keep us in the match till that time, his strength to hit was fantastic. Is, as we have seen.

Fleming said, ‘This was the first match for Rituraj and we wanted to bring him to the match. We wanted to be aggressive, we have a long batting line-up and we wanted to use our players cleverly. He said that the spinners of his team were a bit slow to adjust their ball length. Sanju Samson (74 runs) performed aggressively against the spinners.

Fleming said, ‘His (Rajasthan Royals) batsmen performed very well in 8 overs. It was a good wicket for batting and we were a little slow to get into harmony. We could not adjust fast. They wanted to do this but could not execute it. Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith said that Samson’s great performance gave him more options in the top order.
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