Mumbai, September 18
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired from worldwide cricket final month, is in high form and able to lead the Chennai Super Kings within the 13th version of the Indian Premier League on Saturday, head coach Stephen Fleming has stated.
The 39-year-old former skipper drew curtains on an illustrious, trophy-laden profession for the nationwide crew, having not performed for India since their semi-final exit on the 50-overs World Cup in July final 12 months.
Due to his lengthy break, there have been considerations over Dhoni’s readiness for the IPL, which will probably be performed within the United Arab Emirates because of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic in India.
“It has been no different,” former New Zealand captain Fleming stated in an interview on the crew’s web site on Friday. “He’s very match and mentally he is been very engaged and decided.
“In some ways the break can work for the experienced and older players that we have. MS is fresh and ready to go.”
The IPL kicks off on Saturday with a repeat of final 12 months’s closing, which the Mumbai Indians gained by one run towards the Chennai outfit.
Three-time winners CSK didn’t have a great pre-season when many individuals from their touring occasion examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus upon arriving within the UAE, however Fleming felt the squad had handled the problem nicely.
Adjusting to the circumstances within the Emirates additionally means the 2020 version of the favored T20 event will probably be tactically “very different” and Fleming is banking on the wealth of expertise in his facet to adapt.
Apart from Dhoni, the Chennai facet additionally boast skilled campaigners like Australian Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo of West Indies and Pakistan-born South African Imran Tahir.
“We’ve got experienced players, and experienced players identify key times and that’s why they’ve done so well in their careers, that they can turn games, absorb pressure or just sum out the situation,” Fleming stated.
“That’s what experience is about and that’s why we value it so highly.” Reuters