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IPL 2019 | Dhoni Will Mostly Bat No. 4 But We Need to Be Flexible: Fleming

PTI |March 20, 2019, 6:33 PM IST
IPL 2019 | Dhoni Will Mostly Bat No. 4 But We Need to Be Flexible: Fleming

Chennai: The Indian team management has slotted Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a potential No. 5 in their line-up going into the World Cup but at Chennai Super Kings, their skipper will be batting a notch higher at No. 4, said coach Stephen Fleming.

Dhoni, who will be leading the defending champions for the 10th year, would be used as a floater if required but Kedar Jadhav's presence makes it easier to fix the slots.

"Dhoni batted pretty much (at) No. 4 last year but we do use him in a little bit of a flexible role, so that won't change," Fleming said at the media conference organised by CSK.

"His (Dhoni's) form has been outstanding in the past 10 months. We have a new player as well (Kedar Jadhav) which is great. So, we're really happy with the (batting) order and the thoughts around that."

Fleming alluded the team's memorable triumph on comeback last year to mindset, (team) environment and culture apart from winning the big moments to a question on CSK's balance compared to other teams.

"We tend not to do it (compare). Because if you start looking at other teams, you're trapped away from what's good or bad of your own. There's enough great players with each side, so it comes down to mindset, team environment and culture and winning big moments," Fleming said.

The CSK coach also spoke about how the team, in 2018, won the crucial moments which proved to be decisive in the end.

"Last year, we just won big moments. We're just big on team culture and empowering the players to make decisions and win big moments. And last year was a snapshot of that," said Fleming.

"Even though the 'young' man (34-year-old Kedar Jadhav) was only with us for one game, he played a huge part in winning that game with Bravo. And Faf du Plessis and Watson at the end. And the usual suspects like Dhoni and Raina."

Fleming also praised fellow New Zealander and spinner Mitchell Santner, who missed last season owing to injury, and said his excellent record in the sub-continent will come in handy. He also pointed out how having world-class spinners will lend the side a good balance

"Yeah, Mitch has a got a great record in the subcontinent, which is why it is good to have him. We obviously missed him last year so again it's like a new signing," Fleming remarked.

"Imran Tahir is in good form, Karn Sharma and Harbhajan with his experience we've got most of the bases covered and it's just about getting the guys to perform and sitting on our gameplan, especially at home but when we play away as well."

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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