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Fleming looks to expand Dhoni's knowledge

April 6, 2009, 8:54 PM IST
Fleming looks to expand Dhoni's knowledge

Chennai: Looking forward to his first major coaching assignment, former New Zealand captain, Stephen Fleming, admitted that his stint with the Chennai Super Kings in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament in South Africa will have additional pressure, but said he was looking forward to the "challenge".

Speaking at a "Meet and Greet Players" function organised by the Chennai Super Kings here on Monday, Fleming said: "From my experience last year, I would say that we have a very strong set of core players and that will be the key.

"Managing the foreign signings will be a challenge, no doubt. We have a few senior players and so there is a wealth of experience at the top. The other players, too, are experienced. I am looking forward to my role."

Fleming heaped praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying: "Dhoni is a very strong captain who leads from the front. But I think, his role as a player (wicketkeeping and batting) has not received due recognition. I am looking forward to work with him and may be help him expand his knowledge regarding strategies."

Endorsing the IPL, Fleming said: "It has certainly added more depth and strength to Indian cricket, besides giving it a new dimension."

Fleming declined to get embroiled in the "multiple captains" controversy that Kolkata Knight Riders coach John Buchanan triggered by saying he would like to experiment with four captains.

"It remains to be seen how it (the theory) plays out. But from Super Kings perspective, we are lucky to have one of the best captains in world cricket (Dhoni) and we will focus on that," he said.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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