This season, Indian Premier League (IPL) supporters have been seized by “farewell fever,” as seen by the yellow-clad crowds that have gathered wherever MS Dhoni has played. Stadiums in New Delhi and Kolkata have yellow paint on them because supporters believe the captain of the Chennai Super Kings would retire after this season.
Even CSK coach Stephen Fleming was questioned about Dhoni’s long-term goals. The New Zealander, however, declined to respond affirmatively or negatively, claiming that the ‘Dhoni’ hasn’t yet made any indications.
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When questioned about the CSK captain’s future during the press conference following the match against Punjab Kings on Sunday, Fleming responded, “Dhoni hasn’t indicated anything this as the last season.”
After losing to Punjab Kings by four wickets in their IPL encounter here, Fleming spoke to the media to support the team’s bowlers. He said that players like Tushar Deshpande and Akash Singh were doing a wonderful job.
“Really not. The lads did a good job. You must give credit to Akash Singh and Tushar Desphande. They are in charge of the attack, a difficult task. It was always going to be difficult on a wicket that was getting better with a little bit of dew, Fleming said at the post-game press conference.
Fleming also acknowledged that the Punjab Kings had several powerful hitters, making wicket-taking and maintaining composure crucial.
“There are many aspects that may be criticised. But you must maintain reality. Excellent hitting and considerable power from their batters. At the present, bowlers are under a lot of strain in this game”, said Fleming.