CSK coach Stephen Fleming wants more freedom for Ambati Rayudu

CSK coach Stephen Fleming wants more freedom for Ambati Rayudu

Rayudu is relaxed about World Cup selection, presses Fleming.

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Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming and skipper MS Dhoni during a practice session in Mohali. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The role that the coaches play in the Indian Premier League is very significant for the team. Here coaching is more about man management but in a World Cup year where a young mind can get messed up with selection worries. The Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming will surely attest, who have two such India players in their ranks, who are in the scheme of things as far as ODI World Cup is concerned.

While the players attest that the World Cup selection is not on their minds but those like Rayudu or Pant, who are still not cemented in the World Cup mix, the IPL becomes a much bigger challenge than usual as their league performances are being observed more vigorously than the other 13/14 players who have already been selected for World Cup roles.

CSK coach Stephen Fleming not only acknowledges this situation but also wants to deal with the issue head-on. Speaking about CSK batsman Ambati Rayudu, the former New Zealand captain said as quoted by DC, “He (Rayudu) can get it out of his mind and that’s the part of the coaching aspect that we would like to apply to some of the players, just to free them up.”

Rayudu is relaxed about World Cup selection, presses Fleming

Fleming admits that the players’ divided interests is indeed an aspect that the coaches need to deal with. When asked how he is dealing with Rayudu, Fleming says that the batsman’s role in the CSK perspective is very different as compared to what the Indian team management wants from him in the One Day International format.

To quote the CSK coach, as per the Deccan Chronicle, “He doesn’t have to play a conservative role with us. We just want him to be free and not batting balls (holding one end). I loved how he ran down the wicket the other day (first game vs RCB ) and that’s freedom with which I want to see (him play). That’s certainly the player we had last season and all our words are to encourage him to not fear failure.”

“I don’t think the World Cup selection is hanging over his head. He is as relaxed as I have ever seen him. Whether that transforms to another stellar year is yet to be seen but we will give him a best chance to get into that mind set,” the former New Zealand captain concluded.

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