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IPL 2024: CSK coach Stephen Fleming backs Daryl Mitchell for big money amid poor run with bat

New Delhi,UPDATED: Apr 19, 2024 12:28 IST

CSK coach Stephen Fleming has backed the signing of Daryl Mitchell with big money amid the New Zealand star’s disappointing run with the bat in the ongoing IPL 2024. CSK had signed New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell for a whopping Rs 14 crore to strengthen their squad as they aim to defend their IPL title. Despite the significant investment, Mitchell’s performance with the bat has been disappointing so far. He scored just 93 runs in four innings and struggled to find his rhythm in the middle.

Against this backdrop, Stephen Fleming, the veteran coach of Chennai Super Kings, backed Mitchell with unwavering support. He expressed his satisfaction with the team’s overall on-field performance during a press conference ahead of CSK’s match against LSG. He emphasized the importance of not getting too comfortable in the competitive atmosphere of the IPL. Fleming specifically addressed Mitchell’s situation, emphasizing that the player has contributed to the team in ways that go beyond just star performances. He expressed extensively his belief in supporting players, suggesting that contributions to the team’s success are not always reflected in Man-of-the-Match accolades.

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“He contributed without giving star performances,” he said. “We like to support players and it’s not always the Man-of-the-Match performances that we appreciate most.”

Fleming also addressed pacer Deepak Chahar’s involvement against LSG, stating that the star bowler is being monitored by the medical team and is making good progress in his rehabilitation. Chahar was ruled out of CSK’s clash with MI on April 14 due to a nagging injury. “He is doing his rehabilitation well. It was a minor injury that you don’t have to worry about. Shardul Thakur bowled well in the last match against Mumbai, so we chose to give Chahar time to recover well,” said Stephen Fleming in the press before the match. conference on Thursday.

As CSK continue their campaign in IPL 2024, the spotlight remains on Daryl Mitchell, with fans and analysts eager to see if he can translate his potential into performances under the leadership of Stephen Fleming. The coach’s support despite the criticism shows a firm belief in Mitchell’s abilities and an understanding that success in cricket often requires patience, resilience and the support of team management.

Published by:

Saurabh Kumar

Published on:

April 19, 2024

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