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Stephen Fleming counts New York nightmare as blessing for ‘mature’ India

Stephen Fleming counts New York nightmare as blessing for ‘mature’ India

The ex-New Zealand star reckoned that India dealt well with challenges posed in New York & that they aren't vulnerable heading into Super 8

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming heaped praise on India cricket team for dealing with the New York nightmare very well in the early stages of the T20 World Cup. The unpredictable pitch at the Nassau County stadium left teams dancing on their toes, given the uneven bounce and pace that the surface had to offer. The former New Zealand skipper reckoned that India dealt well with the challenges posed in New York and that they aren’t vulnerable in any manner, heading into the Super 8 stage.

How Nassau horror is a blessing for India

Not really and neither there should because there’s so much talent really to pick from. The vulnerability would have come from New York where the ball is going to seam around and from the pace bowling point of view you have a little bit of uneven bounce but they dealt with that quite well. The last game was I thought very mature the way they chased down the title, so they got through that and I would expect if conditions are playing in some of the key venues like we expect them to do then they should have all bases covered and I thought the danger period was really New York where we had no idea how it was going to play and then dealing with the challenges that were there they did that quite well. So I would expect this side and the talent they’ve got to get a little bit stronger,” Fleming said at ESPNCricinfo Time Out show.

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Should India play more spinners in Super 8?

Fleming also spoke about the need to include Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI for the Super 8 games. The CSK coach pointed out that the spinner could ‘provide that extra bit of wicket-taking flair if the wickets do provide the turn.’

Yeah, I think so but they’ve still got that opportunity now to do both which is good and horses for courses, you can’t be so set in one way of playing that you miss the opportunities to take advantage of conditions as you say but yeah, I would think maybe Kuldeep would come in to provide that extra bit of wicket-taking flair if the wickets do provide the turn as they get a little bit more used and you get closer to the end of the tournament,” Fleming added.

Team India Super 8 matches for T20 WC

India’s first match in the Super 8 stage will be on June 20 against Afghanistan. This match is scheduled to take place in Bridgetown, Barbados. India’s second Super 8 match is scheduled for June 22, where they will face the second-placed team from Group D in Antigua. To note, Bangladesh finished on the second spot in their group and will take on the Men in Blue in the Super 8 clash. India’s final match in the Super 8 stage is against Australia on June 24 in St. Lucia.

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