Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming says that southpaw has earned the leeway and also backed him to come good in the upcoming matches of IPL 2021.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) become the first team to seal a place in the playoffs of the ongoing league who beat SRH by 6 wickets in match 44 of the IPL 2021 in Sharjah on Thursday. This IPL champion has 18 points on the back of nine wins from 11 matches.
But, the left-handed batsman had started the season with a 36-ball 54 against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai but since then has crossed 20 only once in nine innings. Overall, Raina has scored only 157 runs from 11 innings with 1 fifty.
“We’ve got a pretty clear role for him. He has got an optimal time that we want him to bat, and we’re afforded the luxury of having a player that can come in and be aggressive. So it’s just getting the timing right with that and managing the batters around him,” Fleming said about Raina in the post-match press conference.
“We value his experience and we think he’s got a part to play through the middle, which is an area that we’ve identified we can make a strength. Suresh is an experienced player, who has earned a bit of leeway. I expect as the tournament goes on, his performances will improve,” he added.