Stephen Fleming Defends MS Dhoni Who Needs Time To Be At His Best

Stephen Fleming, CSK coach said it will take some more time to see MS Dhoni at his best in IPL 2020, considering the long break he had from competitive cricket. However, Stephen Fleming expressed delight after seeing the big sixes from the CSK skipper in the final over of their 16-run defeat to Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. MS Dhoni is under pressure for his approach in Chennai Super Kings failed chase of 217 in their second IPL 2020 match in Sharjah. The CSK skipper failed at the initial stages after walking in at No. 7 even as South African Faf

Stephen Fleming Defends MS Dhoni Who Needs Time To Be At His Best

Stephen Fleming, CSK coach said it will take some more time to see MS Dhoni at his best in IPL 2020, considering the long break he had from competitive cricket. However, Stephen Fleming expressed delight after seeing the big sixes from the CSK skipper in the final over of their 16-run defeat to Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday.

MS Dhoni is under pressure for his approach in failed chase of 217 in their second IPL 2020 match in Sharjah. The CSK skipper failed at the initial stages after walking in at No. 7 even as South African Faf du Plessis single-handedly tried to keep the required run-rate under control.

Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Stephen Fleming: MS Dhoni Is Coming Back After Not Playing Cricket For A Long Time So He Is Yet To Be At His Best As Expected

MS Dhoni needed 12 balls to score his first nine runs after he arrived in the middle in the 14th over of CSK’s chase. He had sent in the likes of debutant Rituraj Gaikwad and Kedar Jadhav before him in the batting order. CSK failed to keep the momentum going as both MS Dhoni and Faf du Plessis were busy taking singles before the latter was dismissed.

“We have this question every year. He was in in the 12th (14th) over, which is pretty much optimal time, and sort of batted accordingly,” Fleming said after CSK’s defeat.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI)

“He is coming back from not playing a huge amount of cricket, so the expectations, to see him at his best, is gonna take some time.

“But you see him towards the end, he was very good,” he added.

MS Dhoni had defended his decision to come in lower down the order at No. 7, saying he did not find it ideal to walk in higher up the order due to the long break he had in the lead up to IPL 2020. He wanted to try out other ideas and give more opportunities to as he has not batted for a long time.

“I haven’t batted for a long time. 14-day quarantine doesn’t help. Also wanted to try different things, give opportunities to Sam. Have the opportunity to try different things. If it doesn’t work, you can always go back to your strengths,” Dhoni said.

Meanwhile, Stephen Fleming said the batting unit did not let CSK down on Tuesday against Rajasthan Royals and instead stressed that the three-time champions are looking to utilize their resources smartly.

Stephen Fleming Hints Faf Du Plessis Might Open With Ambati Rayudu Injured And Murali Vijay Not In Form

The CSK head coach also hinted man in form Faf du Plessis might open the batting for them in the next few games. With Ambati Rayudu’s injury concerns and Murali Vijay not in the best of form, CSK are still looking to find their best combination at the top of the order. Faf Du Plessis scored half-centuries in both the matches and Ambati Rayudu top-scored with 71 in the 1st game before being out injured in the next.

“Faf du Plessis carried the form, so we weren’t too far away. It wasn’t the batting that was the worry to be honest,” Fleming said.

Faf Du Plessis
Faf Du Plessis. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Yeah maybe (will Faf du Plessis open?), keeping in mind we have had a couple of injuries. Ambati Rayudu today, just before we left for the game. It’s early days, we are still sort of finding how to drive this car. There could be some movement. But at this stage, we have got another game in quick succession. We have got 3 games in 6 days,” Stephen Fleming added.

Stephen Fleming said CSK should keep in mind they are plagued down with an injury to Ambati Rayudu who was Man of the Match in the first match after veterans Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina opted out of IPL 2020.

“We just going to make sure we don’t panic, which we never do and take the positive from this game,” Fleming said.

CSK started the tournament with a win over but lost the next to Rajasthan Royals. CSK will head to Dubai next to take on Delhi Capitals on Friday, September 25.

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