After Chennai Super Kings registered their second win of the IPL season against Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets, head coach Stephen Fleming said the team’s “reticent” approach to change, when faced with poor results, has been the key to its success over the years.
CSK’s emphatic victory on Sunday was led by Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who scored 83 off 53 balls in his fifth game as an opener. Watson’s partnership with Faf du Plessis, who scored 87 runs off 53 balls, and helped CSK’s win on Sunday after a hat-trick of defeats. Fleming cited Watson’s performance on Sunday is a shining example of what the team has achieved.
After the match, Fleming in online comments said, “I think it helps as players know they get more opportunities…We are reticent to changing the team other than realising the areas that we are not happy with. Also, you are not sure if that change will help or not.”
Echoing with CSK Captain’s philosophy, the coach said the team will try and improve and ‘if the players are doing the right thing, we will back them as long and even longer than possible.”
When asked what did Watson do differently to get out of the bad patch, Fleming said, “Nothing.”
“That’s the strength of an experienced player. If Shane had been struggling in the nets, then it would have been a concern but he was solid.”
If Shane gets on a roll, it will be very important for CSK, Fleming said.
A 10-wicket win can cover a lot of problem areas in the team’s performance but Fleming said CSK is far from being at their best in what is a marathon tournament.
Watson and Faf’s partnership was Chennai’s best opening stand in the Twenty20 tournament as the Dhoni-led team now ranks sixth in IPL’s Points Table.