Dubai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming defended skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) amid criticism that it would take some time to get the best form after a long break and like the Indian Premier League ( IPL 2020) will move forward, they will get better.
In fact, the Chennai Super Kings team was chasing a target of 217 runs to win against Rajasthan Royals. In that match, Dhoni came out to bat at number seven and then he needed 103 runs off 38 balls. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 29 off 17 balls but the team lost by 16 runs.
Fleming has said before the match against Delhi Capitals that, ‘Dhoni is a player who has not played much cricket in the last one and a half years. Everyone expects Dhoni to start doing what he used to do as before. It does not happen, it takes some time ‘.
He said, ‘His’ game time’ is necessary in this process and it was the first time against Rajasthan Royals when he batted at the crease as he played just a few balls against Mumbai Indians.
Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir criticized Dhoni after the match and questioned the decision to bat at number seven. Fleming said, “As the tournament progresses, it will get better and better.” It will be a difficult thing to expect 70 runs in 30 balls from him and we have other players who are in good form and can do good work.
Ambati Rayudu had scored 71 runs in the opening match against Mumbai Indians but he could not play against Rajasthan due to injury. To this, Fleming said, “Rayudu is in form and it was disappointing not to play against Rajasthan. Hopefully it will happen in two matches. We expect him to return against Sunrisers Hyderabad on October 2.
He said the name of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo could be considered for selection in the next match, who missed the first two matches due to injury.