IPL 2020, CSK Vs KKR: Coach Stephen Fleming On Chennai Super Kings Being Ousted From The Competition

Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in the match on October 29. Here’s what coach Stephen Fleming had to say

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October 30, 2020

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During the CSK vs KKR match, which took place on October 29, team Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets. Though CSK got knocked out of play-offs contention in the IPL, coach Stephen Fleming had a very positive response towards the game. During the press conference, Stephen was asked about how nervous the team got during the game. He said, “Well, we were playing well, certainly, we lost wickets and the partnership of Rayudu and Ruturaj. But we felt we got ourselves in a position where we were probably favourites to win.”

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Stephen further said, “It took a little bit of luck and a few twists towards the end for us to get over the line. Mixed emotions, when you are sitting here and out of the competition, you are watching not as nervous. Very pleased to get the win.” He went on to talk about Ruturaj Gaikwad and said that he has done well in the last couple of games. More so, the team was elated and happy that he’s taken the opportunity, Stephen added. “We look back at the missed opportunities when he got COVID-19. He missed out the pre-season, he came back after about 4-5 weeks in isolation,” he recalled. “We tried to get him involved but he was a long way from being ready. So we’re just happy now to create the opportunity and he has shown us that he’s the right player,” stated Fleming.

Not only this, the head coach of Chennai Super Kings was all praises for Gaikwad’s timing, as he went on to describe him as a “very fluent player”. Stephen exclaimed that Ruturaj has got lovely timing which allows him to hit the ball in the gaps. The former New Zealand captain remarked that it was a lot of power for a small guy.

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In the match, CSK vs KKR, Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 72 of 53 balls and the also won the Man of the Match. Speaking about his victory, Ruturaj said that he has backed himself and that he stayed positive and didn’t think much about the future. CSK will play against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, November 1. This will be their final game in the season.

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