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‘We don’t want to max out…’: CSK coach Stephen Fleming gives an update on MS Dhoni’s fitness | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming has shed light on the team’s approach towards managing the fitness of former skipper MS Dhoni in the lead-up to their upcoming encounter against Gujarat Titans in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2024.
Addressing concerns over Dhoni’s physical condition, Fleming emphasized the cautious stance adopted by the team management, acknowledging the immense value Dhoni brings to the squad.Despite Dhoni’s lower position in the batting order, Fleming urged against underestimating his impact, citing his proficiency in scoring boundaries and his prowess behind the stumps.

“Like just hitting sixes and fours, which he has done pretty well. And keep as well as some of the best in the competition if not the best in the competition. So don’t underestimate his influence on the team just because he comes in at No. 9. There’s a timing aspect, but we’re very wary of what he can give us. And we’ll max that out,” Fleming told ESPNcricinfo.

Fleming stressed the delicate balance between maximizing Dhoni’s contributions and ensuring his fitness remains intact to avoid any risk of injury.
“But we don’t want to max that out where we lose him. So it’s a delicate balance, but trust me, his best interest is with us, and his interest [is] in performing well for us is still very high,” he explained, underscoring Dhoni’s continued commitment to performing at his best for the franchise.
Assuring fans about Dhoni’s well-being, Fleming reassured, “To put the nation at ease – he’s okay.”
Currently, CSK occupy the fourth position in the IPL 2024 standings, having secured 12 points from six victories out of 11 matches played, with a commendable net run rate of +0.700. As they gear up for the clash against GT, CSK’s meticulous approach towards managing Dhoni’s fitness underscores their commitment to maintaining their competitive edge in the tournament.
(With inputs from ANI)

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