One of the most successful teams in the history Indian Premier League – Chennai Super Kings started their 13th edition in a bizarre way. While they started with a win against Mumbai Indians, they faced two successive losses against Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals.
Both of their batting and bowling departments failed to make an impact as they are likely unable to adjust to different conditions in UAE. However, Coach Stephen Fleming shared the woes after their second defeat to Delhi Capitals.
“Yeah, it’s an area of concern because it has been one of the strengths for CSK and the style of play we have developed in the last 12 years, is heavily based on spin. So we are trying to find a different personality so spin definitely plays a part,” Fleming said in the post-match press conference.
He also added that they have struggled with the fact that they have played on three different grounds, having different conditions as well. Due to this, the team has been struggling to adjust and find the right pace and style to bowl in the middle. However, he admitted that they didn’t bowl well in the last few games and need to rectify that too.
Notably, both Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla failed with the ball and they have spinners like Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, and R Sai Kishore who all are sitting in the bench. The coach also said that they are missing some key players and they are trying to find a balanced team as well.
He again added, “Again it comes to the spin bowling aspect, we are looking to develop a personality on the type of pitches we are getting. We are trying to find a combination without Raina and Rayudu. The performance against Delhi was on the weaker side in terms of intent. It has been an interesting six days and now we have the time to rectify the issues and there are a few of them.”