IPL 2019: Stephen Fleming Backs Out of Form Kedar Jadhav
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming has thrown support behind underfire Kedar Jadhav, who had somewhat a miserable time with the bat apart from the 58 in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019).
The right-handed batsman has accumulated 162 runs in 13 matches at an average of 20.25.
Ahead of their final group stage fixture against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Fleming maintained players are enthusiastic about Jadhav, and he is capable of doing his bit. He added Jadhav has a hard role to play in the middle-order set-up.
Jadhav has a challenging role to play: Fleming
Adding, the major opportunity and at times a little chance makes his role pretty varied in the batting line-up.
“The IPL is not over yet. Every player is excited about what he can do and Kedar Jadhav is certainly one of them. He plays a difficult role in middle-order for the team. Sometimes, there is a lot of opportunities and sometimes little opportunity. And that makes the role diverse.” Fleming said ahead of the pre-game conference in Mohali.
The former New Zealand skipper Fleming has put his weight behind World Cup-bound Jadhav. He added Jadhav is a street-smart player and has been keen to perform for his team.
“I am not worried about him, he is very relaxed, he does have one eye on the World Cup as all the Indian players do in our side. But for right now he is, form wise, firmly fixed on contributing to how many games we have got left,” said Fleming.
Concurrently, the three-time IPL champions, CSK are leading the IPL points table with 18 points. However, they’re keen to make it 20 while facing Ravichandran Ashwin-led KXIP.
The 46-year-old veteran Fleming has hinted that CSK might come up with particular changes owing to Sunday’s doubleheader. However, there’re major reserves to look at.
“We can have a look at some options. But right now we are firmly fixed on winning and playing well. You don’t want to over-complicate things, we have been in this position a number of times. We are very focussed on how we can win,” Fleming added.
Fleming on the workload of players:
Notably, Fleming revealed players are suffering from exhaustion. He added they are closely monitoring the situation in a bid to maintain the workload of their players.
“As a team, we look at workload of all the players. We know we are little bit older than rest of the other teams. So we are always monitoring the players workload. At this stage of the tournament, all the players are suffering from fatigue and managing that is important for us,” Fleming further added.
Dhoni has been a catalyst for the CSK:
While speaking about skipper MS Dhoni, Fleming reiterated Dhoni is doing well, of late. Dhoni has done exceedingly well for the CSK by leading their run charts with 358 runs at an average of over 119.
“To be honest, the positive out of MS being sick last week is that he was able to take some rest. That’s one of the challenges when you always want one of your best players to play. I think he came back pretty good and got his rhythm back. Another few days are important. His back felt great, (though) he was just a little bit weak from the flu that he had,” Fleming concluded.
CSK will take on KXIP on May 5 (Sunday) at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali
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