Fleming not in favour of ‘knee-jerk’ reaction

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming was not in favour of “knee-jerk” reaction in the aftermath of his side's six-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Thursday night.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.   -  AP

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming was not in favour of “knee-jerk” reaction in the aftermath of his side's six-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Thursday night.

While acknowledging that CSK’s ordinary bowling made a competitive target of 178 an easier task for KKR, Fleming said, “We got to be careful that we don't get too carried away after one bad game where the bowling looked a little bit off. It's too easy to start chopping and changing after one bad game.

“You just got be careful and not be too knee-jerk and make sure that you run the sequence long enough to see true form come through.”

CSK’s poor fielding, highlighted by a fine fielder of Ravindra Jadeja’s calibre dropping easy chances from Sunil Narine in consecutive deliveries, was another sore point. “We were exposed and sometimes it reflected on the bowling. Certainly, we were on the back foot with some good fielders making mistakes, it hit down a little bit.”

“It’s not a great performance by any means but we have got hours rather than days to rectify.”

Seasoned KKR spinner Piyush Chawla praised young batsman Shubman Gill for his responsible knock in the absence of a dependable Nitish Rana in the middle order.

“He (Shubman) is a special talent and he proved it. A comprehensive win is always good for the morale of the team. Nitish got injured and we needed somebody... Shubman played the role beautifully,” said Chawla.