Stephen Fleming has been one of the most successful T20 coaches around. The former New Zealand skipper coached the Chennai Super Kings for 7 seasons before the franchise was suspended for 2 years. Under his coaching, the Super Kings won the title twice and were the most consistent side in the league. Now coaching the Rising Pune Supergiants, Fleming is once again expected to do well as a coach. He recently opened up about the various aspects of T20 cricket in an exclusive interview with TOI. Below are the excerpts.
Is multi-tasking crucial in T20 cricket?
You can say that because it certainly gives the team management more options, but I think a lot depends on the skill set of individual players. Top class players like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers hardly ever bowl, but they are match-winners. The same applied to Muttiah Muralitharan.
Kolkata Knight Riders have been well served by a plethora of all-rounders in the last few editions of the IPL. Is that an advantage?
It is always a big advantage to have genuine all-rounders in any format. There is no denying the fact that KKR have been well served by Jacques Kallis, Andre Russell, who single-handedly won them a couple of matches. However, on the flip side, a team stacked with all-rounders often ends up under-utilising its resources.
With MS Dhoni, Steve Smith and Faf du Plessis on board, you sure have your hands full as the Rising Pune Supergiants coach.
They all have excellent credentials as leaders and I am looking forward to working with them. We all know about MS. Smith is a super batsman with an unorthodox style. It is important to have leaders within the team to be successful.
Having picked up Dhoni, Smith, Du Plessis, Rahane and Ashwin for Rs 39 crore, how do you plan to assemble a top-of-the-line squad with the remaining Rs 27 crore?
As many as 351 players are set to go under the hammer, but there are only a few star players left in the fray. It will be a huge challenge, but we are working on it. Let me assure you that we will have a quality squad for IPL-9 and we will take it from there.