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"We Didn't See Spark In Youngsters To Push Them In " Says MS Dhoni After CSK 7-Wicket Loss To RR
Asked about not bowling a spinner after 12 overs, Fleming said, "It's more of a question for MS, to be fair."
"We Didn't See Spark In Youngsters To Push Them In," Says MS Dhoni After CSK 7-Wicket Loss To RR
New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming and Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the bottom-placed team will ring in the changes in its upcoming IPL matches by trying out youngsters even though the Indian is yet to notice the requisite "spark" in them.
With just three wins from the 10 matches so far, CSK now has only mathematical chances of making the play-offs. "I think it's fair that we will be turning that over," said Fleming after the seven-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals when asked if there will be a shift from the team's policy of sticking to the squad.
"You don't want to chop and change. Insecurity is something you don't want to prevail in the dressing room. Also the youngsters, we didn't see the spark to push the guys," Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony on Monday.
"But what this result has done is give those youngsters a chance in the rest of the tournament. Maybe going forward we bring them in and they play without pressure," he added.
Fleming said that the current slump should not be a bolt from the blue for the side, which has an average age of over 30.
"We have been really consistent over the years with our selection. It is fair to say that looking at the table now, this team has run out of a bit of juice. But if you look at the three-year cycle we won the first year, lost the last one last year," Fleming explained.
"We always thought the third year was an aging group and would be difficult and Dubai has chanced us with a whole new set of requirements.
"We have some players that we will look at...," the former New Zealand captain added.
Further, the New Zealand captain said that the slow conditions and some superb bowling by the Royals spinner did not let his side settle into the rhythm.
"When in slow conditions you are exposed to spinners, it is difficult to get the innings underway. We lost wickets throughout. The consolidation period became longer. We could not get momentum."
"They are trying out. Even in Sharjah, it felt that it goes easier towards the evening. They (Smith and Buttler) played the spinners out of the game with their partnership, Buttler batted exceptionally."
(Inputs From PTI)