‘Moeen Ali has added an all-round aspect to the game, which we lacked last year’- Stephen Fleming

Ali is leading run scorer and the joint highest wicket taker for CSK

Moeen Ali
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Chennai Super Kings are up and running in the IPL 2021. With two wins in three games, the ‘Yellow Brigade’ are placed second on the points table. One man that’s been consistent in all three games is Moeen Ali. The all-rounder is the highest run-getter for CSK with 133 runs at an average of 36 and a strike rate of 144. He is also the joint highest wicket-taker for CSK with 4 scalps to his name. Against Rajasthan Royals, Ali delivered a ‘Man of the Match’ performance and bagged three wickets in addition to his fluent knock of 26.

Lavishing praise on the English all-rounder, CSK coach Stephen Fleming said that Moeen Ali has been a valuable addition to the Chennai franchise.

“He (Moeen Ali) has added an all-round aspect to the game, which we lacked last year. His contributions today have been just what we were looking for. We are absolutely rapt with the way he has started. Moeen Ali has been really impressive. The way he has played at no. 3 has been instrumental in us getting good scores.”

Fleming was impressed with his team’s performance but insisted that there is a lot to improve, especially in the batting department.

“In regards to the way we are playing the game, I am really excited about that as well. I don’t think we have played a good 20 overs with the bat yet. But we are still able to get high scores, the long resource that we have, we are using it. And we are pushing oppositions hard, so we are playing a positive game throughout.”

In Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja, CSK have two of the finest spin bowling all-rounders. When asked if CSK would continue playing the duo together, Fleming replied that their team combination will depend on the surface they are going to play.

“They were good today in the conditions that helped. How much more the conditions will play a part, we are not sure. It is interesting that the tracks here in Wankhede are taking a little bit of turn, which is a little bit unusual. But I think you have to realise looking at the schedule that there are a lot of games being played in a short space of time. We factored that in our plans and were pleased today that they were taking shape. But it’s nice to have one go one way, one the other and provide the batting depth as well. We are really happy with what they provide.”

Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja shared 5 wickets between them as Chennai Super Kings annihilated Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs.

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