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Updated December 20th, 2023 at 15:02 IST

'We've had succession plans for MS': Fleming talks about feared subject of replacing MS Dhoni in CSK

Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming addressed the rising query of who could replace MS Dhoni at the CSK camp. He also weighed in on Mitchell's signing.

Prateek Arya
MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming
MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming | Image:AP
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Chennai Super Kings have once again come out as the biggest winner from an IPL auction. The officials representing the Yellow outfit knew their needs and accordingly went for the right individuals. The likes of Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell have seemingly filled the void created by Ben Stokes and Ambati Rayudu, however, the biggest rising query is what about the looming departure of MS Dhoni.

3 things you need to know

  • CSK got hold of Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell in IPL 2024 auction
  • MS Dhoni has led CSK to 5 IPL titles
  • Dhoni is expected to lead CSK in IPL 2024

Also Read | KKR in IPL Auction 2024: List of Purchased Players

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Stephen Fleming talks about MS Dhoni's replacement

While CSK always finds a way to make decent recruitments to replace the ones who were released from the squad, but what about the irreplaceable? There is a dreaded realisation that the upcoming IPL 2024 season could be MS Dhoni's last as a player. Taking into consideration that Dhoni has been with the franchise since the inception of the IPL, and has been the biggest factor behind the success of the team, it would be a daunting task to find a replacement for Thala. Yet, the CSK coach has weighed in on the subject and admitted that it is topic of discussion.

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"We've had succession plans for MS for about 10 years," he smiled. "It is going to be a talking point., but he is as engaged and as enthusiastic as I have seen him for a while. While that passion is there for the team and franchise, we'll roll on."

Also Read | 'Things have changed': KKR CEO explains reason behind spending Rs 24.75 cr on Mitchell Starc

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Fleming on Daryl Mitchell singing

Fleming also expressed his thoughts on the star signing of Daryl Mitchell. The former NZ captain justified the price of Mitchell (Rs. 14 crore) and defined him as a "good buy".

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"He played just one game, so not massive shoes. Daryl is a different type of player, but his performances over the last 18-24 months have warranted this type of a price. He is an unfashionable player, often goes under the radar. With his ability to play spin he is competitive and he is also a handy bowler. In Chepauk, we can slide him into a role. Just like his performances, he fits in nicely and a good buy for us," he said.

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Published December 19th, 2023 at 20:09 IST

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