Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming on Thursday sought to allay concerns over the team’s middle order, which has not played out in recent games.
CSK’s old guards like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu continue to fail but it was a solid opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis that laid the foundation for most wins for them.
“When you lose three games in a row, you have to worry. “Batting first, getting hold of the aggregate, I think it has become a bit difficult to go around the spots trying to find the target score,” Fleming said after the six-wicket loss against Punjab Kings.
Fleming, who has coached CSK for 13 seasons (he was the player in Season 1), said it has been the team’s blueprint for years where they have had hiccups before finding their way to the business end.
“I’m not too worried going forward because it can change very quickly. You always get a couple along the way… In my experience, that’s always been the case. We have a little leeway.
The former New Zealand captain said, “The confidence and the method that we use, we will have to improve in the next few days.”
When asked what went wrong during CSK’s batting, the head coach termed it as a very stalled effort.
“We couldn’t find a way to bring flow to our batting, were trying to find the best way to move the bowling forward. It was probably a little slow. Getting the pace of the wicket and trying to find the pace to score. We have just come. Whenever we pass, we lose a wicket. It was a very small effort to put us level bottom in the first innings.”
About veteran left-armer Suresh Raina’s injury status and if he would be available for the play-offs, he said, “I am not really sure on Suresh… with regards to his injury status.”
Asked about the possibility of playing an extra bowler in place of Robin Uthappa, Fleming said the balance is good.
“Given that we are not really batting down. With the six bowlers we have, the balance is really good. This tournament is difficult and we have different rhythms at different times, we have struggled to hold onto the surface of Dubai in the last few matches.”