Will never question MS Dhoni’s final-over calculations: CSK coach Stephen Fleming

first_img Press Trust of India BengaluruApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 13:25 IST Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Chennai Super Kings by 1 run (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni scored a career-best unbeaten 84 but CSK lost to RCB by 1 runDhoni refused 3 singles in the 19th over even though he was batting with BravoCSK coach Stephen Fleming though said he will never question Dhoni’s plansMahendra Singh Dhoni’s refusal to take three singles in the penultimate over with big-hitting Dwayne Bravo at the other end raised a few eyebrows but Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming says he will “never question” his skipper’s game-plan at the death.With 36 runs needed in the last two overs, Dhoni refused three singles in the 19th over bowled by Navdeep Saini getting just 10 off it including a six off a no-ball.In the last over, 26 runs were needed and Dhoni nearly pulled it off with a 24 off the first first five balls before Parthiv Patel ran Shardul Thakur out to win the match for RCB by one run.”He is so calculative that I would never question the last part of an innings with MS Dhoni. Yes, Bravo’s got power but if MS has a feeling that he’s going to win it this way, I’m going to back him every time,” Fleming said at the media conference.”He’s done this so many times and look, tonight he got us so close to the game so I’ll never question that,” he added.When asked why Dhoni refused those singles, Fleming said the veteran always believes in calculating the difference between runs and balls to check how many sixes he needs to hit.”I think the reason was Dhoni felt he was best equipped to hit those sixes. The way he calculates the last few overs based on his power.”He would have looked at it saying ‘I need four-five sixes’ to win the game. And as it panned out, it was pretty close,” said Fleming.advertisementAlso Read | MS Dhoni magic leaves cricket fraternity in awe: Cricket needs Dhoni to write its scriptsAlso Read | We need to bat well at the top: MS Dhoni after 1-run lossAlso Read | Never expected MS Dhoni to miss that last ball: Parthiv PatelFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow MS DhoniFollow Stephen FlemingFollow RCB vs CSKFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Royal Challengers Bangalore Will never question MS Dhoni’s final-over calculations: CSK coach Stephen FlemingChennai Super Kings lost by just 1-run against Royal Challengers Bangalore after MS Dhoni refused three singles in the penultimate over, CSK coach Stephen Fleming said he will “never question” Dhoni’s gameplan.advertisementlast_img