After losing seven points to SunRisers Hyderabad, Stephen Fleming, head coach of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), backed the decision to send out Kedar Jadhav for MS Dhoni, saying the right-handed batsman is a number four batsman and the CSK -skipper. a player from center to backend. “He’s our number four, Dhoni is primarily a middle to backend player, Kedar Jadhav is our number four, he plays a dual role. If we get off to a good start, he might go down and let Dhoni go up. If you lose early wickets then your number four batsman will go in, ”Fleming said, answering an ANI question at a post-game virtual press conference.
His comments came when CSK was not chasing 165 runs and the team was limited to 157/5, losing the game by seven runs.
CSK was on 2/26 while chasing 165 and it was then that Jadhav came to bat for Dhoni. Right-handed Jadhav scored just 3 runs from 10 balls and he was eventually sent back to the pavilion by Abdul Samad.
With a 42/4 scoreboard, Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja came together to form a 72-run partnership. Jadeja scored his first IPL half century, and Dhoni remained unbeaten at 47.
Speaking of Jadeja’s innings, Fleming said, “Jadeja’s innings were good, we were in trouble so it meant Dhoni and Jadeja had to take their time. They got us pretty close and Dhoni’s momentum was quite encouraging.”
Shane Watson, who was not in good shape so far in this year’s IPL tournament, was sent back to the pavilion by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The righthanded batter was able to score only one run.
“You don’t want to pressure yourself and we have players who are looking for form. Faf du Plessis is a player who is in shape and Rayudu is coming back from injury. We are a bit disjointed, but we need it. of our top four hitters if we want to win the tournament, we still support our players, ”said Watson.
“Both Watson and Jadhav are looking for substantial contributions, Shane can light the fuse at any stage and Kedhar the same, it’s only our fourth game so it’s pretty early in our form cycle but there’s no doubt there’s pressure and they will be. I feel it more than what I’m talking about, “he added.
While SunRisers took Hyderabad first, at 69/4 he was in trouble with big guns like David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson all back in the pavilion.
It was then that the youngsters Abhishek Sharma and Priyam Garg got together to form an 83-run partnership. Priyam remained unbeaten at 51 while Abhishek scored 31.
“We attended the meeting, we discussed both Abhishek Sharma and Priyam Garg, there was footage of them available and a lot was planned for them. They both played really well, that’s youth for you, I think we were a little sloppy from the 15th, I thought we could have done better with them, but the bowling was really good, “said Fleming.
“We just got a little loose with what we were trying to do, especially the last part was good and we were a bit patchy. We just have to get it right and have a little bit of rhythm,” he added.
SunRisers Hyderabad will then take on the Mumbai Indians on October 4, while CSK will face Kings XI Punjab on the same day.
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