Mumbai Indians to face stiff competition from CSK on IPL 2021 resumption? Coach Stephen Fleming reveals
The IPL 2021 will resume from Sunday as Mumbai Indians takes on Chennai Super Kings in Dubai. Meanwhile, CSK coach Stephen Fleming has revealed what can MI expect from the side.
The cricketing world is hyped following the resumption of Indian Premier League 2021 from Sunday, as defending champion Mumbai Indians locks horns against former champion Chennai Super Kings in Match 30 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Both sides are well in contention for the playoffs, with just three to four more wins to go.
However, with a slight change in conditions, the sides might look to start afresh rather than take off from where they left off in India. CSK would especially be wary of its performance in the gulf last season, as it had finished seventh and failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time.
Speaking ahead of the clash against MI, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming talked about his team's plans on CSK TV, as he said, "We just want to start well again but also remembering the work that it took to get a bit of form and to get those wins. It's all about the mindset, people coming together and almost treating it like a fresh start for another tournament."
"There are guys coming in from the CPL and international cricket, and that's the beauty of the IPL. They come with great experience and tie them all together. I'm really happy with the work that is being done here. I'm looking forward to it," he appended.
CSK have signed in quite a new players for the UAE leg, with some of the overseas players missing out, citing bubble fatigue, and to keep them mentally and physically fresh ahead of the ICC World T20 next month in the gulf itself. Fleming said that the new signings have already gained enough confidence, along with an all-round balance in the squad.
"The style of play, the way the new players adjusted into the side and then, getting a game plan that suits the players and the balance that we had. So, that was by design, which is always nice when it comes off. The way we batted and the aggressive nature, in which we batted and took the opposition on, and that was something that was lacking in the first half in Dubai last time," he continued.
He spoke on MI's good track record against the side, as he expects it to be another excellent encounter. "We finished the first half of phase 1 with a loss, where Pollard played one of the great IPL innings. Mumbai do play well against us, so we got to keep lifting our standards. From a coaching point of view, you want that game underway so that you know what to work on and just exactly where the team's at," he concluded.
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