Up till now only fans use to call Chennai Super Kings (CSK) the Dad’s Army. But now CSK’s coach Stephen Fleming himself has admitted that ‘CSK is an aging team’. It has not been an Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) season to remember so far for Dhoni’s team. The three-time champions and perennial playoff contenders CSK are languishing in the bottom half of the table with just 2 wins from 7 matches.
Such a statement from Fleming completely shows how badly CSK is struggling to compete in T20 format with a team where most of the players are above 32-40 age bracket.
“If we don’t get a good start at the top with our two overseas players, we’re falling into a hole. So we’re looking for positive solutions. What I’d like is a little bit more intensity through the middle overs,” Fleming said in the post-match press conference.
“We’ve got plenty of batting, and while we’re recovering pretty well, we are just ending up with too much to do at the back. So, trying to release the shackles and just allow the hitters towards the end a little bit more freedom,” he added.
Asked if it was the most challenging period of his tenure and whether the side had a chance of making the play-offs, Fleming said “it’s getting further away if we keep playing like this.”
“If you look at a couple of other factors, this one is an ageing team. Also, the conditions…the spinners at this stage are playing a small role but still not playing the substantial role we are used to. “We are looking for ways to compete and change the style of play, given we have been so consistent with our selections. We are certainly scrapping…trying to find a way, it is a bit foreign and the results are showing,” Fleming admitted.
Led by a 39-year-old Mahendra Singh Dhoni, CSK players’ average age is a little over 30 and the team is often referred to as the league’s ‘Dad’s Army’.
AVERAGE AGE OF TEAMS in IPL 2020
Rajasthan Royals – 25.80 years
Kolkata Knight Riders – 26.64 years
Delhi Capitals – 26.91 years
KingsXI Punjab – 27.04 years
Sunrisers Hyderabad – 27.28 years
Mumbai Indians – 27.38 years
Royal Challengers Bangalore 29.29 years
Chennai Super Kings 30.5 years
IPL 2020 : Will CSK miss the play-off berth for the first time in the IPL history ?
CSK has never missed a play-off berth in their entire IPL history. The way they are languishing at the bottom half of the IPL 2020 points table, they are set to miss out on an IPL playoff berth for the first time in their history.
One of the major problems plaguing CSK this season has been their batting. In the absence of Suresh Raina, the middle-order has looked unstable with batsmen being unable to maintain the flow of runs during a run-chase.
“The other point is we’ve chased every game and the wickets are getting slower. It’s not easy, once you lose wickets… But I’d love to see more intent. It’s not that you can just keep swinging. There is some challenging bowling but intent is what we’re after,” Fleming said.
CSK is scheduled to play Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday and and defeat in the same can almost end any hopes of qualifying for IPL 2020 this year.