Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming says the change in attitude has led to a change in the condition of his franchise, which has suffered an unforgettable experience. IPL last year, and his focus this season was on playing faster brand cricket.
This year, CSK lost only one game out of the six so far, which put them at the top of the points table. Their fifth consecutive triumph came last night against SunRisers Hyderabad.
“It was difficult in the UAE (the place of the last IPL). We had a pretty bad run. A lot of things were going against us, which we didn’t do too much at the time,” Fleming said.
“We made some changes in our attitude to what we were doing, and then we were really sure what style we wanted to play when entering this year’s IPL,” he added.
“We had to play a faster game, we had to keep developing if we weren’t in Chennai. And that’s what we’re trying to do; we are by no means the finished product, but we are currently playing well. “
Fleming said he had his share of lessons last season for the franchise, which failed to make the playoffs for the first time since the league’s inception.
“… in the off-season we just looked at players who could fit in and get the job done – not just in Chennai, but under conditions that were still a bit foreign. Attitudes have also changed,” he said.
Fleming boasted of diversity Ravindra Jadeja, who entered the IPL after missing months of cricket following an injury in Australia, and said he was close to reaching his peak.
“We do not have a leadership group. He is a key member of the country. He is undoubtedly close to the top of his forces. He is still working very hard,” he added.
“Our doubts were about his lack of cricket in the tournament, so we had to work very hard to get him to accelerate. He did it by hitting a lot of balls and training very hard, and he accelerated quickly,” Fleming revealed.
The CSK coach described Jadeja as one of the most flexible players in the world.
“We are lucky to have him in his prime and he forms the core of the midfield and allows many options in the team with his skill set,” added Fleming.
The CSK coach said that Ruturaj Gaikwad has shown himself to be a good Indian talent and has established himself.
“We praised him (Ruturaj) for a long time. One of the failures he had with COVID last year created a slight delay in putting him in the right place.
“But now he’s there and he’s established. He’s a great Indian talent. We’re really excited to have him and what he’s doing for us.”