Sharjah. Confirming an early spot in the IPL playoffs has given Chennai Super Kings (CSK) an opportunity to manage the workload of their senior players. But head coach Stephen Fleming clearly said that the team management will not use too much. Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets on Thursday to make it to the IPL playoffs.
Fleming said that I do not talk much about the rhythm. We have to better manage the workload of some players. We have one day and then go to Abu Dhabi. Then there’s another day to match. In such a situation, we can give a chance to the players sitting on the bench. But it will not be used much. The three-time IPL champions now have 18 points from 11 matches after 9 wins and are the first team to reach the playoffs. Last year, Chennai’s team could not make it to the playoffs for the first time and finished seventh.
Fleming said he did well in the last matches, giving him the confidence to come back strongly this season. In the end, we won four matches in a row. There were a lot of mistakes in the first half of the tournament. Our form was poor and our confidence was low, but the way we played the last match, we were confident that we will come back strongly.
We have maintained a positive atmosphere: Fleming
He said that we did introspection. Even though we did not perform well but we missed out on a win before reaching the semi-finals. Despite this, we maintained a positive atmosphere and ensured that our thinking remained clear.
Sunrisers head coach Trevor Bayliss said that their bowlers did well. He said that the best part is that the bowlers kept us in the match. It is easy to give up in such a situation in the midst of continuous defeats. Full credit to the bowlers who did not give up. This is a positive sign.