We could've folded, but they really gave us an opportunity: Fleming on CSK's young fast-bowling pair

shruti banerjee

shruti banerjee

Author| May 13, 4:25 PM

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have been officially knocked out of the race for playoffs of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after being defeated by Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 59th match of the tournament in Mumbai.

Put in to bat first, CSK were all out for 97, and MI consumed 14.5 overs to chase down the total with five wickets in hand.

This edition of IPL will be the first occasion where neither of the two most successful clubs in the tournament's history qualified for the playoffs. Unfortunately, neither the CSK batters nor the bowlers could live up to the expectations. Thus, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said they could learn a lot over the next pair of games and plan for the next.

"There are some really positive signs. I thought the new ball bowling of Simarjeet and Mukesh was outstanding. We've been developing Mukesh all the way through the season so for him to now feel confident enough to bowl a spell like that... and Simarjeet is only 3-4 games in and he made some good gains," Fleming said after the match. 

On the other hand, left-armer Mukesh Choudhary has done quite well swinging the new ball and troubling Mumbai batters even with a small target on the board. And this growth has happened because of Dhoni's trust and guidance in him to pick up wickets in the powerplay in the absence of their marquee seamer Deepak Chahar

The Bhilwara-born bowler picked up 11 of his 16 wickets in the powerplay. On Thursday, his spell of 3 for 23 played a crucial role in reducing Mumbai to 33 for four inside the first six overs. 

"Irrespective of how the wicket is, anything below 130 is very difficult to defend, but still, what I asked the bowlers was to show a lot of character, put the opposition under pressure. Forget about the result, and I feel both the youngsters, both the fast bowlers, they bowled really well," Dhoni commented on Choudhary's super-spell.

"We could've folded but they really gave us an opportunity. Both of them bowled well. Mukesh in particular had the ball really swinging well and Simerjeet has got some deceptive pace so we're really positive about that pairing going forward. So that's a positive along with Deepak Chahar to come back into the side, so we've got some good options with the new ball," Fleming concluded.

CSK will next play against Gujarat Titans on May 15 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

  • Mukesh Choudhary
  • Simarjeet Singh
  • CSK
  • IPL 2022

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