IPL 2018: CSK have to find a way to minimise loss of Suresh Raina against KXIP, says Stephen Fleming

Mohali: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) chief coach Stephen Fleming on Saturday said the team has to find a way to minimise the loss of key injured player Suresh Raina.

After opening their campaign with a bang defeating Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) opener, MS Dhoni-led CSK pulled off yet another thrilling chase the other day beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). However, losing Raina is a big loss for the team.

Raina is ruled out of next game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Mohali on Sunday after sustaining a calf muscle injury during the match against KKR.

"Raina will certainly miss this game, the blessing is that we've got another four days in between and there might be a chance that he is fit again for the next game," he said.

About Raina, Fleming said, "We can't replace him. He is one of the best performers in the IPL and highest run-scorer, so we can't replace him, but we have just got to find a way to minimise his loss."

"We have got good players in our set up. Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay who has played here (in Mohali) last year... So, these are guys with points to prove with international experience and when they get the chance they would do their best to do what Suresh Raina can do."

Fleming also said that another player Lungi Ngidi had flown back to South Africa owing to a family exigency and the side is set to miss the services of the pace bowler on...

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