IPL 2019: Stephen Fleming hints at experimenting with the team mix in CSK's final league game

IPL 2019: Stephen Fleming hints at experimenting with the team mix in CSK’s final league game

The former New Zealand captain also spoke about the workload management of major CSK players ahead of the World Cup.

Stephen Fleming
Stephen Fleming. (Photo: IANS)

The Chennai Super Kings have played thirteen games out of 14 so far in the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League. While the Delhi Capitals, who have played all 14 matches of the league stage, finished second in the IPL 2019 points table. Currently, the defending champions of the season are at the top-most position of the table.

After Delhi Capitals defeated the Rajasthan Royals, they finished with 18 points in the league stage. While they’re currently second in the table, a win for Mumbai Indians could swap their positions and Delhi might have to play the eliminator instead of the qualifier.  

Earlier, CSK coach Stephen Fleming said that he’ll be open to experimenting with the playing XI in Sunday’s clash against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali depending on the result of the game between the Delhi capitals and Rajasthan Royals. According to the Sportstar, Fleming said, “It depends on what happens today (Saturday). If results go our way, then we can have a look at some options but right now, we are firmly fixed on winning tomorrow’s game by playing well. You don’t want to over-complicate things.”

Fleming discusses the workload management of MS Dhoni

Now that the Delhi Capitals have finished behind CSK on the points table despite their win over RR, the defending champion team is implicitly guaranteed of playing their first qualifier at home, thereby getting two opportunities to reach the final.

The former New Zealand captain also spoke about the workload management of major CSK players ahead of the World Cup. On being asked about the CSK skipper’s workload management, Fleming said, “We look at the workload of all the players just because we are a little bit older than other teams. So we are always monitoring that.”

“To be honest, the positive about Dhoni being sick last week was that he could take some rest. I thought he came back pretty good. Was talking to him and he said his back felt great. He was a little bit weak from the flu that he had. At this stage of the tournament, all players are suffering from fatigue,” he added.

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