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IPL 2021: Coach Stephen Fleming credits change in attitude for CSK’s turnaround

IPL 2021: Coach Stephen Fleming credit change in perspective for CSK’s turnaround

New Delhi: Chennai Tremendous Kings coach Stephen Fleming says a change in perspective introduced with it a change of fortunes for his franchise, which endured a forgettable IPL final 12 months, and its focus this season has been on taking part in a quicker model of cricket.

CSK have been on a roll this 12 months shedding only one match out of its six to date, which has taken them to the highest of the factors desk. Their fifth consecutive triumph got here final night time in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“It was robust within the UAE (the final IPL’s venue). We had a reasonably unhealthy run. Numerous issues went in opposition to us, which we did not make an excessive amount of of on the time,” Fleming stated.

“We made some adjustments round our perspective in the direction of what we have been doing, after which we have been actually positive what type we needed to play going into this 12 months’s IPL,” he added.

“We would have liked to play a quicker sport, we would have liked to maintain evolving if we weren’t in Chennai. And that is what we are attempting to do; we’re not the completed product by any means, however we’re taking part in effectively in the meanwhile.”

Fleming stated the final season had its share of classes for the franchise, which did not make the playoffs for the primary time for the reason that league’s inception.

“…within the off season we simply checked out gamers that would slot in and do a job – not simply in Chennai however in situations that have been nonetheless a bit international. The perspective change as effectively,” he identified.

Fleming lavished reward on all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who got here into the IPL after lacking months of cricket following an harm in Australia, and stated he was near attaining the height of his powers.

“We do not have a management group. He’s a key member of the aspect. He’s doubtless near the height of his powers. He is nonetheless working very onerous,” he added.

“Our doubts have been round his lack of cricket coming into the match, so we needed to work actually onerous to get him on top of things. He did that via hitting numerous balls and coaching very onerous and he bought on top of things actually shortly,” Fleming revealed.

The CSK coach described Jadeja as one of the crucial versatile gamers on the earth.

“We’re fortunate to have him proper now in his prime and he kinds the core of the middle-order and permits numerous choices throughout the staff together with his skill-set,” Fleming added.

The CSK coach stated Ruturaj Gaikwad has come up as a advantageous Indian expertise and established himself.

“We’ve got rated him (Ruturaj) extremely for a very long time. One of many setbacks he was having with COVID final 12 months created a bit of little bit of delay in introducing him on the proper spot.

“However now, he’s there and has established himself. He’s a advantageous Indian expertise. We’re actually enthusiastic about having him and what he’s doing for us.”

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Updated: April 29, 2021 — 6:40 am

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