‘No difference between Ruturaj Gaikwad and MS Dhoni’: CSK coach Stephen Fleming’s big claim | Cricket News

Apr13,2024



New Delhi: Stephen FlemingChennai Super Kings head coach came to the captain's defense Ruturaj GaikwadHaving said that, it is unfair to label him “slow” while batting and compare him to the great MS Dhoni.
Gaikwad, who took over the captaincy role for CSK at the start of this IPL season, has faced criticism for his batting pace despite a mixed start to his leadership tenure. Fleming highlighted Gaikwad's qualities and contribution to the team, emphasizing that he shares similarities with Dhoni. In terms of his approach and style of play. Although Gaikwad's strike rate may not be as high as some of his counterparts, Fleming believes his value to the team goes beyond mere statistics.
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In his five matches so far, the 27-year-old right-handed opening batsman has scored 155 runs at a strike rate of 117.42. While these numbers may not be dazzling on paper, Fleming and the CSK management recognize Gaikwad's ability to handle an innings and build partnerships, qualities that are reminiscent of Dhoni's leadership on the field.
When Fleming was asked if he had any discussion with Gaikwad in this regard, he said, “There is no difference. He is equally good. I know the previous captain was very good. But this guy is wearing the same clothes.” It has been cut from, so it has been rubbed.” To differentiate between his leadership and his batting.
Fleming explained, “He's such an impressive young man with his game and what he needs to do. I think he's been unfairly put in a bracket where he's been called slow. But you get some of these stats. Will have to refer to.” Media during CSK training session Wankhede Stadium,
“We know it's like a Bollywood movie, sometimes these things are shown on screen. But he is fine. He is playing well. The last game (CSK vs KKR) was a great example of what a leader can do. How he plays, and the class he has as well, I have no doubts about Ruturaj,” Fleming said.
Fleming clarified that the decision to appoint Gaikwad as CSK captain is a strategic and long-term decision by the five-time IPL champions rather than a temporary or temporary arrangement.
“I hope so. That's the plan, and it's worked out well so far. The transition has been really seamless. He's judged on wins but we judge it differently. His leadership around the team Top class. I think hopefully he will be like the previous captain for many years to come,” Fleming said.
The former New Zealand captain said that CSK owes Dhoni the love he has received from the fans, which has been overwhelming at times.
Fleming said, “To be honest, it's fantastic. It's really amazing, the love that… honestly, the love that India has for MS Dhoni, and we are the benefactors of that.”
“The team, without a doubt, feels proud when they go out to an away game and there is a huge amount of yellow. If not all yellow, in some cases it is overwhelming.”
“But we're under no illusions about who made it and who made it. We're very proud of them and their involvement with the team. We see it as a real honor that people will come forward And will support them, and if it's secondary, the team we're both very close to,” Fleming said.
Fleming said the two-month dose of IPL every year has become infectious but the league must keep looking for ways to evolve.
“In terms of fan following, it has grown naturally. The skills of the players are evolving. Batting in particular has evolved at a huge rate in the last five years,” he said.
“From a skill point of view, the challenge of the IPL is how can the bowlers bring the game up a bit. The two bouncers (per over rule) is one. Maybe we have to keep looking at other ways to do that.”
He said, “The fact that it becomes intoxicating after two months of cricket and the fans and the support, it's a wonderful injection for cricket. So how can you not love it? How can it not be contagious?”
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians mohammad nabi He said getting the team combination right was one of the key factors for the five-time winners to return to winning ways.
“The plans of the bowling and batting groups are going really well, which is why we won the last two matches. The team combination was good for the last two matches,” he said.
Nabi said that the nature of the Wankhede Stadium pitch makes the off-spinner's job difficult.
“As a spinner, the Wankhede conditions are really tough to bowl to as an off-spinner. Leg spinners have a lot of variations but as an off-spinner it is tough to bowl here,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)



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