IPL 2021: CSK coach Stephen Fleming labels split IPL ‘unique challenge’, says ‘We have to start fresh’

MI vs CSK in IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming labels split IPL 'unique challenge', says 'We have to start fresh'
MI vs CSK in IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming labels split IPL 'unique challenge', says 'We have to start fresh'

MI vs CSK in IPL 2021: CSK coach Stephen Fleming seeks fresh start – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming believes that it will be a unique challenge looking at how the IPL 2021 season has been split into two halves. He said the team needs to have a fresh start without thinking of the past results. MS Dhoni’s CSK will face Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians in Dubai as IPL 2021 resumes after a three-month break.

“It’s like a fresh start for another tournament. It’s a unique challenge to have a tournament split in half. So, we just want to start well again but also remembering the work that it took to get a bit of form and to get those wins. It’s all about the mindset, people coming together and almost treating it like a fresh start for another tournament,” Stephen Fleming told CSK TV.

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MI vs CSK in IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings are placed 2nd on the table with five wins and two losses in 7 games while Mumbai Indians are 4th with four wins and three losses. As CSK are aiming to replicate Phase 1 form and forget about IPL 2020 horror show in UAE, a fresh start will help them.

“There are guys coming in from the CPL and International cricket and that’s the beauty of the IPL, they come with great experience and tie them all together. I’m really happy with the work that is being done here. I’m looking forward to it,” Stephen Fleming said.

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MI vs CSK in IPL 2021: However, unlike Phase 1, the foreign contingent hasn’t had a lot of time to practice together. The likes of Faf Du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo arrived only on September 17 from CPL 2021 while Lungi Ngidi reached three days before them. But Sam Curran is out of the first clash as he will remain in quarantine till tomorrow after joining the squad from England only on September 16. The other headache in the first game against MI is Faf Du Plessis’ injury status.

The South African had suffered a groin injury and missed three CPL games. While he has resumed practice, a call on his inclusion in Playing XI will be taken just before the match.

MI vs CSK in IPL 2021: When the 48-year-old was asked about how new players have adjusted within the group, he said: “The style of play, the way the new players adjusted into the side and then getting a game plan that suits the players and the balance that we had. So, that was by design…which is always nice when it comes off. The way we batted and the aggressive nature in which we batted and took the opposition on and that was something that was lacking in the first half in Dubai last time. The confidence through that was good and the all-round balance was good to see.”

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Talking about rivalry between MI and CSK, Fleming said: “We finished the first half of phase 1 with a loss where Pollard played one of the great IPL innings. Mumbai do play well against us, so we got to keep lifting our standards. From a coaching point of view, you want that game underway so that you know what to work on and just exactly where the team’s at. So, we’re looking forward to it as always and it’s a good encounter.”

MI vs CSK in IPL 2021: Before the IPL season got suspended earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IPL was proving to be unlike any other as three teams were storming ahead in the race to reach the playoffs –Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

These three teams are all but certain of reaching the playoffs after cementing the first three spots in the points table. Rishabh Pant-led DC has 12 points from 8 games and the side needs to win two more matches to cement a playoff spot.CSK and RCB have 10 points each from seven games and they need to win three more out of their remaining seven matches to reach the playoff stage.

MI vs CSK in IPL 2021: If there are no surprises, then it is safe to say that the battle will be between five teams to seal the fourth spot in the points table. Currently, defending champions Mumbai Indians hold the fourth spot with eight points while the fifth and sixth-placed Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings have six points each.

Kolkata Knight Riders and SunRisers Hyderabad are at the seventh and eighth places with four and two points respectively and both these teams face an uphill task to reach the playoff stage.