CSK coach names MS Dhoni’s ideal batting position in IPL
When it comes to CSK, the first player that comes to our mind is MS Dhoni. The latter might have resigned his captaincy in international cricket but he still possesses the best cricketing brain than any other at the moment. However, this year has been special for MS Dhoni as he has been extra-motivated to get the runs for his team.
Talking about his batting role, the Indian team management has positioned Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a potential number five in their lineup heading into the World Cup set up but in the Indian Premier League, their captain will be coming to bat at No 4, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming added in a statement.
“Dhoni batted pretty much (at) No. 4 last year but we do use him in a little bit of a flexible role, so that won’t change,” Fleming said at the media conference organised by CSK.
MS Dhoni’s form has been great: CSK coach
“His (Dhoni’s) form has been outstanding in the past 10 months. We have a new player as well (Kedar Jadhav) which is great. So, we’re really happy with the (batting) order and the thoughts around that,” Fleming told reporters at an event to launch CSK merchandise here.
The CSK coach appreciated spinner Mitchell Santner who missed last season due to injury and said he has a stupendous record in the sub-continent and it was good to have him. “Yeah, Mitch has a got a great record in the subcontinent, which is why it is good to have him. We obviously missed him last year – so again it’s like a new signing.”
Very recently, CSK has been handed a huge blow as their star pacer Lungi Ngidi has been ruled out of the tournament with a side strain. However, Fleming feels that the team has got most of the bases covered.
He also said “Chennai still has a role for the pace bowlers. We are conscious of a good balance. Imran Tahir is in good form, Karn Sharma and Harbhajan with his experience – we’ve got most of the bases covered and it’s just about getting the guys to perform and sitting on our gameplan, especially at home but when we play away as well.”