Rising Pune Supergiant coach Stephen Fleming’s most valuable players Mitchell Marsh and R Ashwin have been ruled out of the 10th season of the Indian Premier League due to injuries. However he doesn’t believe in lamenting over the loss. Fleming wants to make good use of the players he has on the team.
Injured Mitchell Marsh was replaced with Imran Tahir . The RPS Coach felt that the South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir along with youngsters in the side, will try to fill in the gap.
The Interview with Rising Pune Supergiant Coach
Recently Rising Pune Supergiant Coach Fleming had an exclusive chat with TNN. In the interview he stated, “Ashwin was an important part of our plans. It is disappointing not to have him but you can understand with the kind of cricket he has played in the last six months, there were going to be wear and tear injuries.”
Fleming further stated, “We weren’t aware of Ashwin’s injury (when we picked Tahir to replace Marsh). We picked him because obviously, he is the best T20 bowler in the world. Surprisingly he wasn’t picked in the auctions. Ashwin will not be there as he is ruled out. Hence Imran Tahir, along with other youngsters will try to use their skills and make the most of it.”
Fleming also hopes that the newly-appointed RPS skipper Steve Smith will do a good job.
Former New Zealand skipper added, “If you look at the team, we have got Steve, we have Faf du Plessis, we have Ajinkya Rahane, who is a Test captain and then MS Dhoni. So without concentrating just on Steve as captain, which I am excited about working with, we have got leadership and it is very important for a young side with us. So using the experience and leadership is going to be my challenge as a coach.”
Oppurtunity and views about Uncapped Players in the Squad
After seeing their performance in the training camp, the RPS coach emphasized on the young talent. He also hinted that the uncapped players will get opportunities. To make it count and to be a part of the playing XI will be their responsibility. Fleming concluded, “There are going to be opportunities this year. It is up to this young group how they perform in this week (training). It has been a short span of time, but already a couple of players have performed well. We are getting a good idea of how we will stand up to the extra pressure of IPL. We can’t be sure of the fate of the first few games. However we are excited about the skills the youngsters will bring in the game.”