Chennai haven't really been at their best in the ongoing Indian T20 league 2022. They have only managed to win three out of their 10 games in this edition so far, and are currently placed ninth on the points table. Thus, it is highly unlikely that they will be able to make it to the playoffs this time around.
The poor form of Ravindra Jadeja has been Chennai's major issue. The all-rounder has failed to make an impact with the bat, as well as the ball. He has scored 116 runs at an average of 19.33 in 10 games. When it comes to his performance with the ball in the 2022 edition, Jadeja has only picked five wickets. Moreover, he was handed over the captaincy responsibilities ahead of the start of this edition. However, he wasn't really impressive as a leader either.
He then went on to hand over Chennai's captaincy back to MS Dhoni to concentrate on his own game. However, Stephen Fleming wasn't too concerned about Jadeja's form. After Chennai's 13-run defeat to Bangalore on Wednesday, the Kiwi legend came in support of the southpaw. The head coach of the Chennai-based franchise highlighted the fact that batters who bat at five and six don't really get time to settle and thus, it can be hard for them.
"No, I am not concerned. The T20 game can be tough and when you are batting at No 5 or 6, you do not get a lot of time to get your rhythm or tempo. We will look at it now and work out what the best order would be going forward. But, no I am not concerned about his form," said Stephen Fleming during a virtual press conference.
It is to be noted that Jadeja was dismissed for 3 during the game against the Bangalore-based franchise. While speaking about their performance in the 2022 edition, Fleming went on to criticize their fielding. He then stated that they were could have won more games. Further on, he said that they have been below-par in all three departments.
"Our fielding at times, the catches we dropped is of concern. We are not far away, in a lot of games you can say we were really close in winning them. We had the games taken away or we were not good enough to get across the line. But that's usually the story of the competition if you are just off. All three departments have been below par," he added.