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IPL 2021: Split IPL Poses ‘Unique Challenge’, Says CSK Coach Stephen Fleming

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CSK coach Stephen Fleming with captain MS Dhoni. (Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL)

The second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to take place in the UAE where Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will take on each other with the league resumes. However, CSK coach Stephen Fleming shared his thoughts about this.

“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,” he said while speaking to CSK TV.

“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 further added.

Meanwhile, players are under strict bio-bubble protocols, which has been taking a toll on many players and a few have already pulled out as well. Hence, nearly all the franchises had to act find suitable replacements also.

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Stephen Fleming 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.”

Meanwhile, we all know the pressure of the clash between arch-rivals – MI and CSK. While talking about that, Stephen 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.”

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