IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings may ring in changes to plug holes | Cricket News – Times of India


CHENNAI: Chennai Super Kings‘ string of defeats seems set to result in a change of approach from the three-time IPL champions. After CSK faltered in yet another run chase – against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai on Saturday – to slip to their fifth loss in seven matches, skipper MS Dhoni admitted that there are “too many holes in the ship”.
“We need to do something about our batting. I think we are better off playing the other way round, playing the bigger shots even if you get out. That is something we can do in the coming games. There are too many holes in the ship. In the coming games, we’ll try to be more expressive. You rather get out in the 16th or 17th over,” said Dhoni after the match on Saturday.
It is understood that CSK could ring in some changes for their next game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday as they look to revive their floundering fortunes in this campaign. While they have been resistant to chopping and changing in the past, coach Stephen Fleming conceded that they are looking to be flexible in their approach and find a way to compete.
“We are looking for a way to compete and change the style of play. It can be difficult to do given we have been so consistent with our selections and so deliberate with the players we have picked in the past. We are scrapping to find a way. The situation is a bit foreign for us and the results are showing that,” he said at the post-match press conference.
While Dwayne Bravo has been a star performer for CSK in the past, he has been fairly expensive with the ball at the death and underutilized with the bat at No. 8. In fact, he has batted in just one of the four matches he has played so far. In such a scenario, CSK can perhaps look at recalling a specialist overseas pacer in either Josh Hazlewood or Lungi Ngidi and putting the onus on one of them to pick up wickets with the new ball as well as execute their skills in the death overs.
Ravindra Jadeja, too, will need to step up as a senior player in the set-up. He has scored one half-century so far, but his primary role in the side is as a spin bowler. The left-arm spinner has picked up just three wickets in seven games and uncharacteristically dropped a few catches in the outfield too.
“Spinners at this stage are playing a small role for us. They are certainly not playing the substantial role that we have been used to over the past 12 years,” Fleming felt.

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