After a long halt IPL 2020 is all set to begin from tomorrow in the United Arab Emirates. A clash of the heavyweights will commence the IPL this season. Defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on the Chennai Super Kings.
The match will also mark the return of MS Dhoni to the cricket field after more than a year. Ahead of IPL 2020, CSK coach Stephen Fleming has asserted that Dhoni is coming into the season being both mentally and physically fit. He added that the long break was good for Dhoni as it charged him up and he is now ready to go for the big season ahead.
MS Dhoni Is Ready To Go – Stephen Fleming
“It has been no different. He’s very fit and mentally he’s been very engaged and determined. In some ways, the break can work for the experienced and older players that we have. MS is fresh and ready to go”, Fleming said about Dhoni.
The CSK coach also spoke about how this IPL is all set to different from the past season. He emphasised on the fact that teams this year will play with no home advantage and will quickly have to adapt to conditions during matches.
“I see this season going to be very different tactically. With no real home ground advantage here, we’ve got to be very good at adapting to the conditions in each ground”, Stephen Fleming told the CSK website.
Moreover, the highly successful IPL coach is excited and looking forward to the opening clash against the Mumbai Indians. It will be a repeat clash of the previous IPL final where MI edged CSK in a last-ball thriller. Also, fleming lauded the Mumbai Indians and believes that facing them in the first match itself will give a good idea where his team is sitting.
“The first game is always full of anxiety, nerves and excitement, and CSK-MI has added extra excitement and pressure and we enjoy that. We’ve earned the right to play the first game by playing well last year, and given the way the final finished last year, it’s nice to have another crack at MI”.
“MI is a very good side and it gives you a good gauge as to how the pre-season has gone and the areas that need improvement. You get a good idea after the first game as to where your team is sitting”, concluded Fleming.