It was a cracking contest on the last night at Hyderabad. Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians won the title yet again by outsmarting MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the final of the tournament. Meanwhile, the head coach Stephen Fleming sheds light on the loss in the final of the tournament.
Both the teams were in the game for quite a period of time. Mumbai and CSK have gained the benefit of the mistake from each other. However, as MS Dhoni said in the post-match presentation, Mumbai Indians committed one lesser mistake to Chennai Super Kings.
Batting has been a weak part of our game – Stephen Fleming
Speaking of the loss, Stephen Fleming quoted that the credit must go to Mumbai Indians for their play in the final. Further, he also added that the game went down to the wire, which is something every cricket fanatic would expect, especially, in the finals of the tournament.
Further, he also admitted that Chennai Super Kings need to work on the batting section, which has been their real concern in the tournament. In between, Fleming showers words of praise on Shane Watson, who delivered under pressure.
“I think there were quite a few game-changing moments, which is fitting for a final,” Fleming said at the post-match press conference. “They [Mumbai] got off to a good start but we came back very well. Our bowling, like it has been [throughout] this season, was very tough to handle and we thought we restricted them to what we thought was a very good score. We were confident at the halfway stage.”
Fleming lauded Shane Watson for his stunning knock under the pressure. He quoted that it was his knock, which made them stay in the game for quite a period of time.
”But to be honest, batting has been the weak part of our game, there is still a lot of work to do. It was an aggressive start but then we lost our way. It took a pretty good performance from Shane Watson to keep us in the game. Look this is what you want from a final, you want it to be down to the last one or two balls and that’s what happened today.”
All in all, as Stephen Fleming said, Chennai Super Kings needs to develop their strength in the batting department. For now, they will take a good break and return fresh in the next year. Hopefully, they would deliver for Chennai fans in the IPL 2020, which will be an audition for ICC T20I World Cup.