Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming expressed his disappointment at the unavailability of DRS and the loss of two wickets in that match. CSK could not recover from this stifling start as they crashed in IPL 2022, losing to Mumbai Indians (MI) by five wickets at Wankhede Stadium on Thursday.
To everyone’s dismay, DRS didn’t function properly for the first 10 deliveries of the game due to a ground outage. Luckily, two lbw decisions – Daniel Sams’ delivery to Devon Conway was clearly a follow-through – went against CSK, but they couldn’t get them upstairs. Fleming said the initial proceedings had a knock-on effect on their bureau.
“A little bit of luck, that’s when it happened. Yeah, we were a little disappointed, but it’s still part of the game, isn’t it? But, yeah, [that] Kind of set off a chain of events that worked against us.But we should do better, it’s certainly not a good start,” he responded Sportskeeda query at the post-match press conference.
Robin Uthappa sacked the front leg after the 10th delivery before the DRS was reinstated. CSK have lost three wickets in five overs and lost by 39 by six before MS Dhoni (33, 36) took them to 97.
In response, Rohit Sharma’s boys also didn’t get the best start. New-ball bowlers Mukesh Choudhary (3-for-23) and Simarjeet Singh (1-for-22) bowled eight unchanged, reducing the five-time champion to 4-for-46. But Tilak Varma (34 points on 32 shooting) was consistent in Mumbai for his third win of the season.
‘New ball has some good options’ – Fleming highlights CSK’s season positives
This is the second time in three years that heavyweight CSK has failed to reach the knockout stage. While they finished second to last in IPL 2020, any silver lining they had this year was dashed by MI tonight.
Stephen Fleming admits they have some holes to fill, but he mentioned that the CSK think tank has not fully looked into the team they put together at the big auction earlier this year.
“We’re still getting to know our team, like most teams, and hopefully we can learn a lot in the next few games and move on. All I can say is that after a great season and a not There’s not a huge gap between seasons that are too good. So we’ve been through enough of these seasons to know that. So we’re not going too far, but we do need to improve in some areas,” in the first IPL Fleming, who played for CSK this season, said.
When asked about the harvest this season, the former New Zealand captain rambled about their plentiful fast bowling reserves. Impressed by the progress of Chowdhury (16 wickets in 11 games) and Singh (3 wickets in 4 games), he pointed to the presence of Seafarer Deepak Chahal. deadly combination.
“There are some very positive signs. I think Simarjeet and Mukesh’s new bowling ball is excellent. They have been developing – Mukesh has been improving this season, so he is now confident enough to play such a spell. Simarjeet, only Played 3-4 games and made some real gains. So that’s positive. With the return of Deepak Chahal, there are some good options for the new ball.
“We’ve had positives throughout and we’re not far off. But when you have a couple of holes, they always seem to pop at the wrong time. So we’re not as good as we need to be, and we know that. But we’re trying to find some positives as we go forward. So now that we’re out of the game, we have a chance to play two games, give others a chance and hopefully find something there as well,” he explained .
Injuries have plagued CSK this season, with Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja, Adam Milne, Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali bearing the brunt. Their next game is against the Gujarat Titans (GT) on the table on Sunday before they wrap up with Rajasthan Royals (RR) on May 20.
Q: Could Mukesh Choudhary be a long-term prospect for CSK?