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MS Dhoni is fit, fresh and ready to go says CSK coach Stephen Fleming

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Former Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired from international cricket last month, is in top shape and ready to lead the Chennai Super Kings in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League on Saturday says Chennai super kings coach Stephen Fleming.

The much-awaited IPL 13th edition opening match is between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, which is scheduled on 19th september.

MS Dhoni has not played international cricket since India’s semi-final defeat to New Zealand at the 2019 Cricket World Cup. However, the CSK captain has looked sharp in the training sessions, hitting sixes at will.

Head coach Stephen Fleming has said the extended break due to the pandemic can work in favour of senior players and the skipper is looking fresh and fit to take on the challenges that come his way in IPL 2020.

Speaking on CSK’s rusty start on arrival in Dubai, after many of their members tested positive for the COVID, the former New Zealand captain stated, “We didn’t get off to a great start, with some positive Covid-19 cases, but I think we dealt with it very well.”

Also added We were calm around our approach, looked after the players and staff very well, and the rest of the players were calm in the hotel room. There was a bit of anxiety wanting to get out and train. It is what it is, and the players dealt with it very well. In hindsight, the amount of pre-season training that we’ve done up to now, and the extra few days in the room, was probably a blessing.

“We’ve got experienced players, and experienced players identify key times and that’s why they’ve done so well in their careers, that they can turn games, absorb pressure or just sum out the situation And that’s why we’ve been able to get over the line in so many close games because the key player has been one with a lot of experience. And you also mix that with skill. You are conscious of having a skilful side and adding youth when we can and with that get the balance pretty right,” Fleming said.

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