Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming said on Wednesday that he has had a chat with MS Dhoni and the franchise is providing their captain all the support he needs after it emerged that his parents tested positive for Covid-19.
MS Dhoni’s parents Devaki Devi and Pan Singh were admitted to a private hospital in Ranchi after they tested positive for Covid-19. The hospital said on Wednesday that their oxygen levels were stable.
Dhoni overcame the difficult situation and led Chennai Super Kings to an 18-run win in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai on Wednesday. Dhoni focussed on the job in hand and marshalled his troops well as CSK jumped to the top of the IPL points table after their victory.
Fleming, speaking to the press after CSK’s win, said he had a chat with MS Dhoni and that the former India cricketer had told him that the situation was under control back in Ranchi. Fleming stressed that CSK are making it a point to spend a lot of time talking about family among the team, considering the Covid-19 situation in India.
Had a talk with MS: Fleming
“Not a lot of talk about this (Dhoni’s family) between the players. But from the management’s point of view, we are well aware of his family’s situation. Support has been set up for his family,” Fleming said.
“I had a talk with MS and the situation is under control for now. We will monitor the situation for the next few days.
“It is a tough time for everybody, especially in India at the moment. We are spending quite a lot of time talking about care in the wider group of friends and family. We have that responsibility to ensure MS has the support that he needs. We hope his family recovers quickly.”
Notably, it was the third successive win for CSK in IPL 2021 as the 3-time champions are returning to peak form after a poor run in the UAE last year.
Dhoni promoted himself to bat at No. 4 and hit a quickfire 17 as CSK went on to post a mammoth total of 220. Faf du Plessis stole the show with an unbeaten 95 while young opener Ruturaj Gaikwad returned to form with a 42-ball 64.
Kolkata were jolted early as Deepak Chahar picked up 4 wickes, reducing the 2-time champions to 31 for 5. However, Andre Russell (22-ball 54), Dinesh Karthik (24-ball 40) and Pat Cummins (34-ball 66 not out) helped KKR stage a stunning fight back. Despite the late surge, KKR fell short of the target by 18 runs as Cummins ran out of partners.
CSK, who will look to continue the winning momentum, will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday in Mumbai.