Challenge is to win the cup again: Fleming

After featuring as a player in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Stephen Fleming has led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to three triumphs as its head coach.
Challenge is to win the cup again: Fleming
CSK head coach Stephen Fleming

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None of the other IPL franchises have stuck with their chiefs for nine consecutive years. But the Kiwi’s bond with CSK seems to be growing stronger with every passing season. Under his management, the Chennai-based franchise has made qualifying to the play-offs look like a cakewalk. Coming back after a two-year absence, Super Kings showcased its calibre in IPL 11 and eventually bagged its third title.

A grounded Fleming felt retaining the crown will be difficult, but added he has the resources to reproduce the feat. “Our challenge is to win the cup again. It’s very hard and a lot of things will have to work for you. We have got the star power in the side and some of our Indian players are the best in the world. There are a few outstanding overseas guys as well,” said Fleming on Wednesday.

“We have openly said that we prefer experienced players because they identify big moments. Last year, they won it for us. There is not a lot of change in the squad and we back the people we have,” added the former New Zealand captain.

Fleming is spoilt for choice in the slow bowling department, with CSK having offie Harbhajan Singh, leg-spinner Karn Sharma and the foreign duo of Mitchell Santner and Imran Tahir. Despite boasting a spin-heavy outfit, the coach declared the pacers will have a part to play. “Mitch has got a great record in the sub-continent and it is good to have him with us. We have got variations (in spin), but CSK has a role for fast bowlers too. We have most bases covered, it’s about getting the lads into form and sitting on our gameplan.”

Kedar Jadhav missed all but one match in IPL 11. With his return, the three-time title-winning coach will have to tweak his batting order a little bit. Asked about skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s role with the bat this time around, he said, “Dhoni batted pretty much at No.4 last year, but we do use him in a little bit of a flexible role. That won’t change. His form has been outstanding in the last 10 months. We are really happy with our order.” 

Ticket proceeds to go toPulwama attack victims’ families

Ticket proceeds of Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) first home match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2019 will go towards the families of victims of the Pulwama terror attack, announced Rakesh Singh, CSK Director. “Our captain MS Dhoni, who is the honorary Lt. Col of the Indian territorial army, will present the cheque,” he said.

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