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Cricket news - Curran went a long way in filling Bravo void - Fleming

Curran scored a quickfire 18 off 6 balls after an good show (4-0-28-1) with the ball

Curran scored a quickfire 18 off 6 balls after an good show (4-0-28-1) with the ball

Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming reserved high praise for England all-rounder Sam Curran, who landed in UAE, trained for a day, walked into the playing XI and put in a stellar show in the season opener. Curran may have not featured in the match had CSK's trusted all-rounder over the years - Dwayne Bravo - not arrived from the CPL with a knee niggle.

Fleming praised Curran's attitude when under duress, and felt he more than filled the big void left behind by the West Indian. Curran's six-ball 18 ensured Mumbai Indians wouldn't pull off a late heist after picking two quick wickets - of Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja - during a tense phase in the chase.

"Losing Dwayne (Bravo) was a big loss and Sam went a long way in filling that," Fleming told CSK website. "The things that impressed us with Sam is his attitude first and foremost, almost the harder it gets the better he gets, his all-round skill component and the fact that the captain was able to trust him straightaway to go in at a crucial time and hit the way he did."

"Also with the ball, to be a part of it straightaway, almost stepping straight off the plane was a sign of his attitude and what he is going to bring to CSK for the next few years," Fleming added.

Curran's flying start is particularly crucial to CSK because they have a packed schedule at the start, which means easing back Bravo is going to take some time. Fleming revealed that Bravo is being monitored currently.

"Bravo is progressing; we are working closely to get him up to 100 per cent. We've got three quick games in a row, so we'll look at each game and monitor him each time we train. With Sam's performance, it takes a bit of pressure off rushing Bravo back, but he's one of the world's best and to have him in the selection equation is very important to us."

Fleming also felt the opening match between 2019's finalists eventually turned into a battle of attrition, and was glad that his team emerged on top having made fewer mistakes.

"It was great to get the points, two teams that were a little bit nervous after not having played for some time. It was always going to be almost a case of who was going to make the least mistakes."

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