CSK vs SRH: Ruturaj Gaikwad the reason behind Chennai's flop show? Stephen Fleming levels massive allegations

Updated - 24 Apr 2024, 11:54 AM

Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming (Credits: Getty)

Chennai Super Kings' Kiwi head coach Stephen Fleming has claimed that the franchise is still trying to strike the right amount of balance in the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League.

Fleming made these comments last night during a press conference at the MA Chidambaram stadium after his side lost their 8th league game against the Lucknow Super Giants in a dramatic turn of events. With that loss, CSK also squandered a wonderful opportunity to go as high as 2nd in the points table. 

There are mainly two things that have hurt CSK quite a lot. First is the inconsistency of their batting order, especially the top half of the batters.

The likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Daryl Mitchell, and Ravindra Jadeja have not been good enough in terms of scoring heaps of runs consistently. In terms of bowling, CSK has lost a bit of an edge as well and it is expected to shrink further as Mustafizur Rahman will be leaving at the back end of the season. 

Stephen Fleming admits that CSK have been uncomfortable in certain areas

During his interaction with media reporters, Stephen Fleming was asked about the things that are going wrong for the CSK at the moment.

To that, the former Kiwi captain said that they are still in search of their best playing XI combination and that they are still helping certain players to get in good form. In the middle of the season, Fleming admitted that his side has been uncomfortable in some areas and they are not looking for a temporary fix. 

"It's a mix of trying to find that [the best XI], and also a bit of form. We are a little bit uncomfortable with some areas, so we're just trying to find not a quick fix but try and find the right combination." - Fleming told reporters in Chepauk. 

Stephen Fleming further claimed that CSK are trying to find a playing XI that can help them win all their home matches from now on.

With 8 matches gone and 6 still to play, it will be imperative for the Super Kings to find the right combination if they are to challenge teams like Rajasthan and Kolkata, the two title contenders, for their 6th IPL title.

Fleming also added that CSK has been quite unsettled as well due to some injuries and some players going out of form. To get those players in sync, Fleming said that it is a time-consuming process.  

"So we're just trying to prepare a side that will give us a run home. We have had injuries, we have been a little bit unsettled. But the main thing is getting guys in key areas and in form. And sometimes that will take a bit of time."- Stephen Fleming concluded. 

CSK to welcome Hyderabad up next 

Meanwhile, after losing their home game last night against LSG by 6-wickets, the Chennai Super Kings will welcome the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next match. The Yellow Army will once again turn up in large numbers and back their team for a challenge that Pat Cummins' Orange Army will pose on Sunday, April 28th.