Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have had a torrid start to the Indian Premier League 2020 season. They find themselves languishing at the bottom of the table having won just one match out of four. A lot of questions have been raised with respect to CSK’s team combination, batting order and batting approach.
One such question from the press annoyed head coach Stephen Fleming. The question was on Kedar Jadhav who is in woefully bad touch in the IPL. He hasn’t been able to contribute runs and has been accused of wasting too many ball before getting out. His batting position and even place in the team is being questioned by fans and pundits.
Really? Is this a question? – Fleming
CSK head coach Stephen Fleming was questioned as to the thought process behind sending in Kedar Jadhav ahead of skipper MS Dhoni. The New Zealander seemed annoyed at the question and said, “Really? It this a question? He (Jadhav) is our number four, Dhoni, primarily, is a middle to backend player. Kedar Jadhav plays a dual role, if we get off to a good start he might move down and let Dhoni up. If you lose early wickets then your number four batsman goes in. Both Watson and Jadhav are looking for substantial contributions. Shane can light the fuse at any stage and with Kedhar, it is the same.”
Fleming also talked about Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja’s approach to the chase saying, “We were in trouble through the middle (part of the innings) and MS (Dhoni) and Jaddu had to take time. They got us pretty close but they probably would want to be a little bit more productive in the middle. Obviously, when you have to deal with Rashid Khan’s overs, it is a great challenge as well. Jaddu’s momentum towards the end was encouraging.”
Fleming then talked about how it is still early days in the tournament, saying “It’s just our fourth game so it’s pretty early in our cycle of form, but there is no doubt there is pressure and they will be feeling it more than what I am talking about. We’ve just got to get it right, got to get a bit of confidence and a bit of game rhythm and guys in form – and that can change pretty quickly. But also, if you don’t address them, then we’ll just slide away.”