Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming is a coach, who is slightly under pressure now, considering that the yellow army has lost two games on the bounce. CSK began their campaign promisingly by beating Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener in Abu Dhabi by five wickets before falling off the radar. Stephen Fleming’s side, who will face SunRisers Hyderabad on Friday, assures they have used the six-day break well.
In CSK’s third game, Rajasthan Royals tore apart their bowling attack to shreds by hammering 216. The Super Kings lost to Rajasthan by 16 runs; however, the margin of loss was against the Delhi Capitals. While in pursuit of 176, the three-time champions hardly boasted of the tempo to chase it, losing quick wickets from the outset. It was Faf Du Plessis, whose knock of 43, took them closer to the target in a game that they eventually lost by 44 runs.
Stephen Fleming’s CSK, who will likely welcome Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo back in the line-up, conceded that the break has come at the right time. Fleming pointed out three games taking place in three different grounds affected their preparations and the reading of the pitch.
“It came at a good time because the first three games were in quick succession and all games were at different grounds, so you have to appreciate trying to read conditions, for each game being predominantly the first team to play there was tough,” the former Kiwi skipper told the franchise’s official website.
“We’ve used this break pretty well” : Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming underlined that the challenges off the field were also too much to handle; hence, the camp has used the break to attain some clarity and invested time in practising.
“And also coming off a couple of challenges we had off the field, we’ve used this break pretty well, we got some clarity around what we need to do and have practised very well,” Fleming added further.