IPL 2019: I am a Massive Fan of Hardik Pandya – Stephen Fleming
Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder Hardik Pandya starred with both bat and ball as they sank Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 37 runs in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Pandya’s scintillating effort earned praise from the head coach of Chennai Stephen Fleming, who admitted of being a massive fan of Hardik Pandya.
Hardik Pandya scored a quickfire 25 off just eight deliveries including three sixes and one four to help Mumbai post 170 runs on the board. The all-rounder then backed it up with a three-wicket haul to break the backbone of Chennai batting during their chase. He got the better of MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, and Deepak Chahar to put a brake on CSK’s winning run. Stephen Fleming admitted that he is a massive fan of Pandya. The former Kiwi cricketer also added that Hardik Pandya is good at the death overs and opponent teams need to try and stop him.
“As a cricketer, I am a massive fan (of Hardik Pandya). He is a wonderful player. With his confidence up, looks like he is got a good thing going at the death, so the plans for the teams is to try and combat (him at) death,” Fleming said.
We lost the game in the last 3-4 overs: Fleming
Analysing yesterday’s clash, Stephen Fleming said that they were in control of things during most part of the game. However, they went down in the last three-overs as Hardik Pandya, and Kieron Pollard took them to all parts of the boundary.
Chennai Super Kings have suffered a massive setback with Lungi Ngidi and David Willey out of action. Although they have added Scott Kuggeleijn to their squad, he is yet to play a game. Moreover, Mohit Sharma has just recovered from the injury which has left them with only Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur. Fleming said they are trying to build a squad based on skills.
“Without the two overseas players, we are looking at Indian options. It’s the skills that we are looking at, it doesn’t matter if it’s an Indian or an overseas player. We are looking for the best combination that we think we can put up. They (the bowlers) did pretty well till the 15-16 overs. The last three to four overs, the game just got away,” Fleming said.
In conclusion, Stephen Fleming called for a collective effort in the next game as they strive to come back to winning ways in their next game. Next up, Chennai Super Kings takes on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at MA Chidambaram Stadium on April 6 (Saturday).
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