IPL 2019, KXIP vs CSK: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming says they look at players' workload as their team is a little older than others

Stephen Fleming said that his team does not wish to complicate things going into the playoffs of the Indian Premier League.

Press Trust of India, May 04, 2019 19:22:08 IST

Mohali: Keeping a tab on players' workload is paramount in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as the average age of the team is "a little" more than others, coach Stephen Fleming said here on Saturday.

Asked if the team management was looking at the workload of skipper MS Dhoni given that he had to take rest in the middle of the tournament due to back spasm, Fleming said: "We look at workload of the players just because we are little bit older than other teams, so we are always monitoring that."

CSK coach Stephen Fleming addresses a press conference. Image courtesy: Sportzpics / IPL

CSK coach Stephen Fleming addresses a press conference. Image courtesy: Sportzpics / IPL

"To be honest, the positive out of MS being sick last week is that he was able to take some rest. That's one of the challenges when you always want one of your best players to play," he said, adding the skipper came back pretty good after the rest.

"His back felt great, (though) he was just a little bit weak from the flu that he had," said Fleming.

The former New Zealand captain said that his team does not wish to complicate things going into the playoffs of the Indian Premier League.

Three-times winners CSK sit atop the standings with 18 points from 13 matches, and are gunning for a fourth title.

"If results (of Delhi Capitals-Rajasthan Royals game) go our way today, then we can have a look at some options," Fleming said when asked if one can expect some changes in the team combination against Kings XI Punjab here on Sunday.

At the same time, Fleming added, "But right now we are firmly fixed on winning tomorrow's game and playing well. You don't want to over-complicate things, we have been in this position a number of times. We are very focussed on how we can win tomorrow."

Fleming said he was not worried about the form of Kedar Jadhav, who has been named in the 15-man Indian World Cup squad.
"I am not worried about him, he is very relaxed, he does have one eye on the World Cup as all the Indian players do in our side, but for now he is, form wise, firmly fixed on contributing to how many games we have got left.

"No worries for me, he has been doing all the right things, just looking for another opportunity," he said about Jadhav.

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Updated Date: May 04, 2019 21:31:01 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254