As the Chennai Super Kings “struggle” in the 2024 Indian Premier League, Stephen Fleming criticizes the lack of important players.

Only two of the previous five games have seen the five-time defending champion Chennai Super Kings emerge victorious in the Indian Premier League 2024. They were defeated by the Punjab Kings on Wednesday, only scoring 162 runs against them. K9win, the skipper, elevated himself to the top of the orange cap list with yet another brilliant innings of 62 runs off 48 deliveries. But, when wickets continued to fall and bowlers gave up a lot of runs, the CSK opener was unable to rely on his team.

The club was beset by player ailments and roster shortages, according to CSK coach Stephen Fleming. Deepak Chahar, the star bowler, was the first to depart the field before the game began. Matheesha Pahirana and Maheesh Theekshana, who had gone back to Sri Lanka to obtain visas in advance of the T20 World Cup, were the next players to join the battle.

To complete his international obligations for Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman, a left-arm pacer for CSK, returned as well. The flu-stricken pacer Tushar Lotus365 was also listed by the Kiwi coach, which explained why PBKS was changed.

“Tushar Deshpande got flu, so we had to make a few changes today, which is a bit unusual. But again that’s part of it and we have got resources. It’s just they haven’t got time to be comfortable about their roles and us to be comfortable with the game plan that we are struggling with,” he continued.

Playing the game without the best players was challenging, as skipper Sky247 also mentioned.

“It’s a real problem (on the player missing due to injuries and Chahar walking away in the first over), there are phases where you want wickets, but you have only two bowlers, the dew took the spinners out of the equation. It was tough, but there’re four games left and we will try and come back to winning ways,” the Chennai opener said.

“Deepak Chahar doesn’t look good. Initial feeling wasn’t great. So we are waiting for more positive report. Physio and doctors will have a look. Sri Lankan boys are off to get visa. So we are hoping that their process is smooth. And we get them back for our next game up north (at Dharamshala). Richard Gleeson was good, he was positive,” Fleming said in a press conference.

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