After suffering a massive defeat against Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2020, CSK’s coach Stephen Fleming admitted that the forms of its spinners such as Ravindra Jadeja & Piyush Chawla is truly an area of concern for the team.
Jadeja has picked just two wickets till now in the tournament & also gone for runs. He managed to grab just 40 runs its quota of four overs in the matches against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals. On the other hand, Chawla has picked up four wickets in the tournament so far but the spinner conceded 55 runs from four overs in the match against Rajasthan Royals.
“Yeah, it’s an area of concern because it has been one of the strengths for CSK and the style of play we have developed in the last 12 years, is heavily based on spin. So we are trying to find a different personality so spin definitely plays a part,” Fleming said while responding to an ANI query during the post-match press conference.
“We struggled with the fact that we have played on three different grounds and all of them have different conditions. We are struggling to adjust and find the pace and style to bowl through the middle. We have not bowled well in the last few games, so we need to rectify that,” he added.
CSK were unable to chase a total of 176 runs against Delhi & were restricted to mere 131/7 registering a massive 44 runs defeat. Dhoni once again came to bat on number six & walked to the ground with CSK at 98/4 in the 16th over.
Talking about CSK’s approach towards meeting the target during the chase Stephen Fleming said, “We are a bit muddled at the moment, we are missing some key players and are trying to find a balance that allows us to be competitive. Again it comes to the spin bowling aspect, we are looking to develop a personality on the type of pitches we are getting. We are trying to find a combination without Raina and Rayudu. The performance against Delhi was on the weaker side in terms of intent. It has been an interesting six days and now we have the time to rectify the issues and there are a few of them“, added Stephen
Then Fleming was asked why CSK was opted to bowl first against Delhi capitals to which Fleming said, “Yeah, we did think about batting first against Delhi, the dew aspect is a bit hit and miss thing at the moment, we are guessing a little in terms of conditions, we are learning on the hop and some of the stuff we learnt against Delhi will really be valuable.”
Till now CSK has played three matches in the IPL & has managed to secure just one win against Mumbai Indians. CSK will next face SRH on October 2 at the Dubai International Stadium.