Chennai Super Kings Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Coach Stephen Fleming during practice session at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.

Chennai Super Kings discovered themselves in a territory they by no means have within the historical past of the Indian Premier League. The franchise, for the primary time, are on the verge of not making it via the playoffs in an IPL season. CSK are positioned on the backside of the desk after dropping 7 out of 10 video games as of now, and after a 7-wicket defeat to Rajasthan Royals, the MS Dhoni-side led seems to be extra in bother of ending with the wood spoon this yr.

For CSK followers, extra worrying indicators comes from the truth that head coach Stephen Fleming himself appeared to have conceded that their time could be up within the ongoing season.

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“It’s fair to say looking at the table now that this team may have run out of juice. If you’re looking at the three-year cycle – we won the first year; lost off the last ball last year, and we always thought that the third year with an aging squad would be difficult. And Dubai [UAE] has challenged us with a whole new set of requirements,” Stephen Fleming stated on the post-match press convention after CSK misplaced to Rajasthan.

“It’s pretty down (morale in the dressing room) to be honest. We have come close in a couple of games but today we were thoroughly outplayed. We knew it was a crucial game to stay real in the competition,” he added.

“I think there’s an outside chance that we can possibly get through, but when you’re relying on other results and a change of form for your own team, it’s very hard to be upbeat and positive,” Fleming additional stated.

CSK will subsequent tackle Mumbai Indians on Friday in IPL 2020.

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