Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming hinted at a few possible changes in his team’s playing XI in their next match against Delhi Capitals on Friday. Both teams are coming into this game with contrasting results. While CSK lost to Rajasthan Royals, Delhi capitals won in the Super Over against KXIP.
Fleming has hinted the possible comeback of Dwayne Bravo back in the playing XI for CSK. Meanwhile, Bravo didn’t feature in the last two games with a slight niggle. Incidentally, the veteran all-rounder copped a blow during the CPL 2020 and also didn’t bowl in the final of the tournament.
Fleming gives update on Bravo and Rayudu injuries
CSK head coach revealed that Bravo has returned to training and is returning to shape. However, he admitted that it will be a headache for them with Sam Curran grabbing the opportunity in the last two games.
“Bravo is progressing very well, and if he has a couple of good days of training, he could come into selection consideration for the next game. That would be a good headache for us to have as we’re looking to introduce players and also get our best combination for the rest of the tournament,” he said.
Stephen Fleming further said that it’s not necessary that a team is bound to decide on its perfect playing XI in the first couple of matches.
“You don’t necessarily pick your final-winning side in the first two or three games, but as soon as you can settle and get some cohesion into the team you are better off for, and that’s what we are working towards now, giving new players opportunity and then settle.”
Fleming, however, ruled out the possibility of Ambati Rayudu’s inclusion in the playing XI against DC. Incidentally, Rayudu didn’t play Chennai’s last game against Rajasthan Royals after a match-winning knock against Mumbai Indians.
“We’ve got a six-day break after this (Friday’s match against DC), and we are hoping that he’ll be back for the game on October 2 (against Sunrisers Hyderabad)” said Fleming on Rayudu’s return.
Bowled First Due to The Impact of Dew- Stephen Fleming
CSK coach Stephen Fleming said that due to the impact of the dew in the matches so far they have opted to bowl first in their first two games.
“Both games that we’ve played so far have been the first games of the tournament, in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, and to get a feel of the conditions we thought bowling first was the best way to go.It does seem to be a trend, but bowling first is a bit of an advantage with the dew (setting in later),” he said.