IPL 2019: CSK coach Stephen Fleming says there could be changes in team for next season

IPL 2019: CSK coach Stephen Fleming says there could be changes in team for next season

CSK lost the IPL title by just one run and have a lot of thinking to do ahead of the next season.

Shane Watson
Shane Watson. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Chennai Super Kings couldn’t get past one hurdle in the entire Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 and that was Mumbai Indians. The Men in Blue and Gold defeated the Yellow Brigade four times in the tournament and that included the finals of the IPL 2019. MI won the final of this season by one run, it was their fourth win over CSK in the IPL finals.

Much of the blame for CSK’s inconsistent run in the league was put on their ageing squad which had the majority of players on the wrong side of 30 years of age. This had a severe effect on the fielding and running between the wickets of the team, as it struggled to take those important quick singles and doubles and managing severe niggles to key players meant below par performance in the matches, which hurt the team.

CSK coach Stephen Fleming says changes in order for IPL 2020

“We will give some time for dust to settle down. I think if you win one title and reach the final next time, you have had good two years. We do understand that we are an ageing team. So, at some point, we just have to look at recreating the side, obviously MS as well,” Fleming said after their final defeat.

MS Dhoni, in the post-match presentation, admitted that the batting could have done more, especially the middle order batting. Shane Watson, who played an amazing knock of 80 in the final, made just another significant contribution of 96, and was otherwise struggling for both runs and to field properly.

Fleming further said that preparation for the next season will begin when Dhoni is back from the ICC World Cup 2019. “He (Dhoni) will be travelling to the World Cup. A lot of talent has been established in other teams. You need to do it carefully and get the balance right, when you try to go for players who you think can deliver for us. This year in Chennai was tough (turning track), the conditions were tough to read, hard to play. A little bit of training as well, our batters weren’t big enough from the form point of view,” Fleming further added.

Chennai must be feeling hard done as they did all the work to get into the finals and lost on the ultimate ball with 2 runs needed. The onus of winning the match should have been on the top and middle order and the two runouts of Dhoni and Watson disturbed the plans of the defending champions badly.

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