Stephen Fleming is 'the best coach in the world': Suresh Raina

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Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 15:22 [IST]
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Kolkata, May 21: The secret to Chennai Super Kings' consistency in Indian Premier League is "discipline" and "best coach in the world" in Stephen Fleming, according to batsman Suresh Raina.

CSK are the most consistent side in the history of IPL. Having won the tournament twice (2011 and 2012), and already booked a spot in this year's playoffs, CSK are looking good as always.

'Fleming is best coach in the world'

When asked about the secret to the success of the team, Raina told the IPL's official webiste, "I think it is the discipline. And we have such good support staff that look after the players really well and most importantly we have the best coach in the world - (Stephen) Fleming."

"He knows what to say to whom and most importantly he gives space to everyone. Our new players also get along very well. Bazz is a nice guy, and Dr. Smith too. Although he speaks very little, he also gets along well with the Indian players. You get to learn a lot, which is good," Raina added.

Raina has not missed a game for CSK since the inaugural edition of IPL. He has featured in over 100 games for CSK.

The 27-year-old left-hander said he has the license to play a long innings when batting at number three position.

"It is good (to bat at No. 3). When you are batting at No.3, it gives you a license to play a long innings. You can use the powerplay when you are playing against a fast bowler and you have to play proper cricketing shots," he said.

"In the middle order, it is slightly tough for the batsmen. No.3 is a good position to bat as you get to face more balls and most importantly you can control your aggression. And whatever the circumstances, you can control the game. I have been batting well for the last few years. God has been kind, and also thanks to Stephen Fleming, who has been working really hard with me over the years," he added.


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