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Captain Dhoni will bat at No 4 for CSK in IPL-12

March 20, 2019 16:43 IST

'His form has been outstanding in the past 10 months.'

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

IMAGE: Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be used as a floater if required, said CSK coach Stephen Fleming. Photograph: BCCI

The Indian team management has slotted Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a potential No 5 in their line-up moving into the World Cup but for Chennai Super Kings, their captain will be batting a notch higher at No 4, confirmed coach Stephen Fleming.


Dhoni, who will be leading the defending champions for the 10th year, would be used as a floater if required but Kedar Jadhav's presence makes it easier to fix the slots.

"Dhoni batted pretty much (at) No 4 last year but we do use him in a little bit of a flexible role, so that won't change," Fleming said in Chennai on Wednesday.

"His form has been outstanding in the past 10 months. We have a new player as well (Kedar Jadhav) which is great. So, we are really happy with the (batting) order and the thoughts around that," he added.

Kedar played the first match of the last IPL season before a hamstring tear kept him out for nearly six months.

CSK is a team that's core is formed with players in their mid or late 30's but Fleming points out at the mindset, which made all the difference.

He alluded the team's memorable triumph on the comeback last year to mindset, team environment and culture apart from winning the big moments.

"We tend not to do it (compare). Because if you start looking at other teams, you are trapped away from what's good or bad of your own. There are enough great players with each side, so it comes down to mindset, team environment and culture and winning big moments," Fleming said.

He spoke about how the team won the crucial moments which proved to be decisive in the end.

"Last year, we just won big moments. We are just big on team culture and empowering the players to make decisions and win big moments. And last year was a snapshot of that.

"Even though the young man (34-year-old Jadhav) was only with us for one game, he played a huge part in winning that game with (Dwayne) Bravo. And Faf du Plessis and (Shane) Watson at the end. And the usual suspects like Dhoni and (Suresh) Raina."

The CSK coach praised fellow New Zealander and spinner Mitchell Santner, who missed last season owing to injury, and said he has a great record in the sub-continent and it is good to have him.    

"Yeah, Mitch has a got a great record in the subcontinent, which is why it is good to have him. We obviously missed him last year – so again it's like a new signing.

"Chennai still has a role for the pace bowlers. We are conscious of a good balance. Imran Tahir is in good form, Karn Sharma and Harbhajan (Singh) with his experience -- we have got most of the bases covered and it's just about getting the guys to perform and sitting on our gameplan, especially at home but when we play away as well."

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