Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming did not have an experience as enriching as the previous years. Chennai Super Kings finished on the seventh position in the IPL 2020 points table, failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in the history. Nevertheless, Stephen Fleming expressed his excitement at rebuilding the squad moving forward.
On Sunday, Chennai Super Kings bowed out of IPL 2020 with a nine-wicket victory over the Kings XI Punjab. The three-time champions extended their winning streak to three consecutive games, beating the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. However, with eight losses out of 14 games, they were already out of contention; however, it promised a bright future.
Stephen Fleming conceded that it is a challenge, fun, and comes with great responsibility of rebuilding the squad. However, with Ruturaj Gaikwad playing imperiously in the last three games, Fleming remains highly optimistic about the future.
“It’s a great challenge. It’s great fun and there’s responsibility around it, but when you get the likes of Ruturaj [Gaikwad] come through and some of the players getting the mix of youth and old,” Fleming stated in the post-match press conference.
“We go back to the same team which Mr. Srinivasan and CSK picked” : Stephen Fleming
The former New Zealand skipper highlighted the strategy Srinivasan and the previous CSK set-ups used to get a consistent side, capable of producing the desired results for a decade. Fleming understands that teams are now smarter, based on what they need; however, it is a challenge that he wants to be part of. Their captain MS Dhoni has also announced his return for the next edition of the cash-rich league.
“We go back to the same team which Mr. Srinivasan and CSK picked and how right they got it. We’re looking to do the same if we can get a decade of consistent cricket from a side, you’re doing something right. So, we’re tapping into that and yeah there’s big responsibility. Teams now and squads are a lot smarter and they really want what they want, so talent is at a premium. But, it’s one of the challenges… good and exciting challenges of being involved with an IPL side,” he added.