IPL 2020, CSK vs SRH: Fleming defends move to send Kedar ahead of Dhoni

The Chennai Super Kings head coach says Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja could have been more productive in the middle overs.

Stephen Fleming at the post-match press conference. - BCCI/IPL   -  Sportzpics

Stephen Fleming lashed out at reporters wanting to know why Kedar Jadhav went in to bat ahead of M. S. Dhoni in the Indian Premier League contest between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.

“It is a question?” Fleming, the CSK head coach, asked at the post-match press conference.

“He (Jadhav) is our No. 4, Dhoni, primarily, is a middle to backend player, Kedar Jadhav is our No. 4, he 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 No. 4 batsman goes in.”

Jadhav faced 10 balls for his three runs as CSK went down by seven runs.

Commenting on the partnership between skipper Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, which brought CSK back into the game during the chase of 165, Fleming said, “We were in trouble through the middle (part of the innings) and M. S. (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,” he added.

'Pressure'

Asked about Shane Watson’s struggles at the top, he said, “Both Watson and Jadhav are looking for substantial contributions. Shane can light the fuse at any stage and with Kedhar it is the same. 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.”

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He also said CSK was patchy with what it was doing, adding in the last four overs SRH was very good. “The last four overs in particular, they were very good and we were patchy. And we just lacked a little bit of confidence in the field. So there’s little things all around, there’s probably a dozen runs at least that we gave up just with the overthrows or bad movement. In a tight competition, that’s going to cost us and we know that. 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,” Fleming added.

 

The top-order’s struggles, especially not being able to keep pace with the required run-rate, was a concern, Fleming said. “Yeah it is a concern and you don’t want to put yourself under pressure. We do need contributions from the top four if we’re going to win this tournament. So we need to get some form from some big players at the top, we’re still backing them. It’s a case of getting into the tournament,” he added.

Fleming said CSK had plans for youngsters Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma who bailed SRH out of trouble. “It’s not like the Super Kings hadn’t planned for them. We talked about them. All the bowlers had the information and footage on them and quite a lot of detail was done on them. They played well. That’s youth for you, come out and attack.”

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