IPL 2021: CSK Coach Stephen Fleming Defends Shardul Thakur’s Expensive Spell Against Kolkata Knight Riders, Says ‘He Was Able To Control Things’
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IPL 2021: CSK Coach Stephen Fleming Defends Shardul Thakur’s Expensive Spell Against Kolkata Knight Riders, Says ‘He Was Able To Control Things’

Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming (Image Credit: Twitter)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming backed Shardul Thakur after the CSK bowler went quite expensive in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders. Stephen Fleming said that Shardul Thakur was able to control things in the match. Shardul Thakur conceded 48 runs in just 3.1 overs in the game, hence, getting hit for runs at an economy of 15.20 in the match. He also bowled 3 consecutive wides in the 18th over, temporarily losing control of his line and length while bowling to Pat Cummins.

Shardul Thakur needed to defend 20 runs in the final over. Pat Cummins, who had already smashed 66 runs off 34 balls, was looking in great form and could turn the tides for Chennai Super Kings. However, when Cummins tried to take 2 runs on the first ball of Thakur in order to keep the strike, his partner Prasidh Krishna got run out. As a result, KKR were bowled out for 202, losing the match by 18 runs.

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shardul Thakur Was Able To Sort Of Control Things, Says Stephen Fleming

During the post-match presentation, CSK coach Stephen Fleming defended Sharduk Thakur’s bowling in the game. While speaking about Shardul Thakur’s expensive spell in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders, CSK coach Stephen Fleming said that Thakur was able to sort of control things.

“About Shardul (Thakur). Yes, this game can be a little bit brutal. He was pretty good. He took over and bowled the death yorkers that you would see from (Dwayne) Bravo. He was able to sort of control things,” Stephen Fleming said.

Fleming also noted that bowling becomes pretty tough when hitters like Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, and Pat Cummins are on the strike.

“The execution is hard when you have got hitters like (Andre) Russell and Dinesh (Karthik) and (Pat) Cummins at the end. He did well to keep delivering (the yorkers). I think he (Shardul Thakur) was good tonight,” Stephen Fleming further said.

Shardul Thakur and MS Dhoni
Shardul Thakur and MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

CSK scored a mammoth 220-3 batting first and bowled out Kolkata Knight Riders for 202. Shardul Thakur was hit for 24 runs in his first over when Andre Russell smashed 3 sixes and 1 boundary during his bowling. He later conceded 11 and 12 runs in his 2nd and 3rd over respectively. Thakur also remained wicket-less in the match. On the other hand, Deepak Chahar took 4 wickets in the match and played a big role to crush Kolkata Knight Riders’ top order.

Chennai Super Kings have won 3 matches out of 4 so far. They have jumped to the top spot in the points table with 6 points. The MS Dhoni-led side will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their next game.  The match will be played on April 25 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.