Mumbai, May 13: With the IPL 2022 season done and dusted for Chennai Super Kings, albeit prematurely, the team has hit the 'experimentation mode' and their chief coach Stephen Fleming is quite satisfied with the way the young bowlers are shaping up for the upcoming seasons. On Thursday, defending a meagre 97 against Mumbai Indians -- another team that has failed to live up to its billing this season -- CSK gave the new ball to Mukesh Choudhary and Simarjeet Singh. Mukesh, the 25-year-old left-arm pacer from Bhilwara, Rajasthan, made an immediate impact with the new ball, taking three wickets for 23 runs in his four overs, while Simarjeet, the 24-year-old pacer from Delhi, took the wicket of Rohit Sharma and bowled a tidy four overs. IPL 2022: MS Dhoni Reacts After CSK's Poor Display Against MI, Says 'It’s a Kind of Game Where You Learn a Lot'.
Fleming said he saw this as a positive sign for the franchise going forward. "There are some really positive signs. I thought the new ball bowling from Simarjeet and Mukesh was outstanding. They have been developing, Mukesh all the way through the season, and for him to feel confident enough to bowl a spell like that and Simarjeet in four games and they have made some good gain. So, that is a positive with Deepak Chahar to come back into the side. They are some good options with the new ball."
Pace bowler Chahar has not been able to play a single match for CSK this season because of the injury he sustained at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru while rehabilitating. "I thought it was really impressive. They really gave us an opportunity and both of them bowled well. Mukesh in particular had the ball really swinging well and Simarjeet has got some deceptive pace, so we are really positive about that pairing going forward. It is just disappointing that we did not have more runs to play with, but out of the ashes came those two. So, it was a good way to look at it," Fleming said. MI Coach Shane Bond Sees Positives in the Bowling Unit for Upcoming IPL Seasons.
"We are not far away, but we have got a couple of holes that seem to pop up at the wrong time. We are not as good as we need to be, we know that. We try to find some positive pieces when we move forward. Now that we are out of the competition, we have got an opportunity with two games to give some other guys an opportunity and hope we find something there as well." The head coach added that he was surprised by the way the pitch behaved.
"I think it took us by surprise, it looked very good at the start. And, we were never able to get any partnerships. We just seemed to nick everything down the leg side with no DRS, we didn't get any momentum to post a score. We did get some assistance in the second innings with the ball, so I would say the expectations were of a high-scoring game and as it turned out, a score of 140 or 150 might have been competitive. So, we were a little surprised by the assistance that was on offer.
"Yes, we have got some work to do. We are really positive about the next two games to see if some guys will take the opportunity, which they will get and we just have to finish in the same way. Keep looking for the positives for the next season. We are still learning about our squad like most teams are, and hopefully we can learn over the next couple of games, and what I can say is there's not much margin between having a great season and a not so great season. We've been through enough of these seasons to know that. We're not going to tune too much over, but we do need to improve in some areas." Fleming said Super Kings were unlucky as there was no DRS in the initial stages of the match, but said it was a part of the game. "It was a little bit unlucky that it happened at that time, yeah we are a little bit disappointed but it is a part of the game. A chain of events that were not in our favour but we should be better than that. It certainly was not a great start."
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