Dhoni’s Absence Creates A Big Hole: Stephen Fleming

first_imgChennai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who were playing without their regular skipper MS Dhoni, lost by 46 runs to Mumbai Indians (MI) at their home ground in their IPL fixture here on Friday night. Chasing 156 sans Dhoni, CSK were bundled out for a mere 109 runs in 18 overs. Dhoni had to sit out the game because of fever and his absence was felt acutely by CSK as none of their batters showed application to stay long at a slow Chepauk wicket.Speaking after the game, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming admitted that Dhoni’s absence in the middle was a void his team found too difficult to fill on Friday.“Dhoni is a great leader and a great player, so whenever you take him out of your side and he has been a constant for us for so many years, you just get into the rhythm of having him there. When you take a leader like that out, there are going to be some holes to fill and it’s not that we are not trying to fill it, just that the hole is quite big,” said Fleming at the post-match press conference.“It takes a mammoth effort to lift the team up when you have your best player unavailable. But we are good enough to do that,” he added.In the previous encounter also when Dhoni was not there in IPL 2019, CSK had suffered a thrashing against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Stand-in skipper Suresh Raina failed to inspire the team in the absence of Dhoni and their performance has been below par in the two matches the wicketkeeper-batsman could not play. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img

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