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The big guys still have a lot to give, says Fleming

by Sahir Usman May 02, 2018 • 19:25 PM

Kolkata, May 2 - Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming feels the older guys in his ranks have shown that they still have a lot to give to the Indian Premier League (IPL) and it is their presence in the dressing room that brings about a calmness to the side.

Table toppers after eight matches with six wins and just two losses, CSK have so far rode virtuoso performances from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo -- all on the wrong side of their 30s -- to prove the pre-tournament idea that they are a team full of 'oldies' wrong.

"Age isn't really a barrier. Watson is a good example, very professional with what he does and prepares himself well. He's playing extremely well, Bravo is another one, MS Dhoni is not a bad one either. I still think the big guys still have a lot to give. The calmness around the group plays a big part," Fleming told reporters on the eve of their game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Dhoni has looked like his old self with a match-winning 79 not out against Kings XI Punjab while also smashing a 22-ball 51 in their last outing versus Delhi Daredevils.

Bravo helped CSK pull off a heist in the IPL opener against Mumbai Indians with a whirlwind 30-ball 68. The West Indian all-rounder has been good with the ball as well in some matches.

Watson has given CSK brisk starts while opening the batting, his 106 against Rajasthan Royals being the standout performance.

CSK have also been largely grateful to Ambati Rayudu who is the season's highest run-getter so far. Rayudu has opened the innings at times while also batting at No.4. Fleming lavished praise on the 32-year-old, adding that his role was clearly defined to him at the start of their campaign.

"He has been massive for us. We did pick him with that role in mind, that there might be a little bit of shuffling. 

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